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Party Idea: Let's Go Camping

The Fun

This works best as an outdoor party, but with a little creativity you can pull it off inside if it rains or you don't have a yard. Set up a plastic pool (don't fill with water) and have the guests go "fishing" using a magnetic pole and fish. Then send them on a nature-inspired scavenger hunt. Of course, at the end of the hunt, you'll need to provide some kind of prize. You can either do a traditional goodie bag or offer a camping-theme gift like a flashlight (you can never have too many of those!). Let the birthday child open his gifts inside a kid-size tent.

The Food

When Jessica Rowland of Bronson, Missouri, threw a camping party for her son Spencer, she made a camping cake: "I used a cake mix, baked it in a 9-by-13-inch pan, then dug out a small channel in the middle. We frosted the cake in white and filled in the channel with blue icing to make a river. Green sprinkles on the rest of the cake made grass, and two graham crackers propped together created a tent."

Meagan Francis, a writer based in St. Joseph, Michigan, has five children.

Originally published in the June issue of American Baby magazine.

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