Soiree: Camp Liam

My sweet friend Laura created this wonderful camping themed party for her son Liam’s 3rd birthday. Get ready for this little tidbit…except for the invites and cake, she “threw it all together” the morning of the party. (I fully expect some of you to be throwing your hands up in the air saying, “Oh my gosh! What the heck?” because that’s what I did.) Yes, my super busy and talented friend went to Wal-Mart and concocted all this adorableness spur of the moment. She and her sisters set everything up in her in-laws’ backyard.

“I’d seen so many cute ideas on Pinterest, and then just never got around to doing them. We weren’t even sure if we’d be able to have the party outside that day, so I just waited it out. Last minute we decided to go ahead with the party, and everything just came together!”

From Laura…”Here is the recipe. We added the lemons and limes cut up inside.”

2 (3 oz) packages lime flavored gelatin mix
1 quart of hot water
1 (46 oz) can pineapple juice
2 (12 fluid oz) cans frozen orange juice concentrate thawed
2 cups of white sugar
4 1/2 cups cold water
2 liters ginger ale

1. In a large sauce pan, dissolve the gelatin in 1 quart of hot water. Allow to cool.
2. When gelatin is cool, pour into a large punch bowl. Stir in pineapple juice, orange juice, sugar and 4 1/2 cups of cold water. Pour in ginger ale just before serving.
*Bargain Mom tip: You could add dollops of lime sherbet to make it frothy.

Yes, easy as that. It all just came together… Uh-huh. Splendid. Do I sound bitter? No, no, not me. I just don’t understand how I lose sleep over parties that I throw because I couldn’t find napkins that matched the icing (or something equally ridiculous). Then Laura does this on a whim, and it turns out this amazing! I need a little more “on a whim” in my life. Maybe next time I’ll take her approach and not do anything until the day of the party…Ok, honestly that would drive me mad. It worked pretty darn well for her crew though. Her little man’s shin dig was a hit with kids and adults. She said that all of her nieces and nephews are now requesting birthdays where they get their own camp. How cute.

-All photos by Jana Maria

 This proves that you don’t have to custom order decor from Etsy months in advance or have every detail mapped out to have a unique party. Even Wal-Mart can supply the makings for a fun and memorable soiree.


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    1. says

      wowowowow. some one is CREATIVE> I love the no fuss no muss idea of dogs and gummy candies…perfect and what kid DOESN”T love a freaking tent if I did that I am pretty sure the kids would just be in the tent the whole time…thanks for these ideas!

    2. says

      SERIOUSLy!!!! I adore this. I kind of have a party planning “problem”. Once I know the theme, I obsess about it until the day it comes. OBSESS! I couldn’t wait until the day of, impressive. wow.

      Love this party! Thanks for sharing.


      PS- I brought your 5 layer Greek dip to my family xmas party. everyone loved it!

    3. says

      This is an adorable theme! I loved it all…especially the “on a whim”. I just wish I could be like that…it would save me a whole lot of stress!!

    4. says

      Kim, I agree a theme is what I fixate on. I probably need therapy for my party OCD. Ladies- I’ll check on the bug juice recipe and get back to you. If you didn’t get an email from me, I couldn’t see your email on your profile:( Thanks so much for stopping by today!

    5. says

      Ummm, YES, I’m throwing up my hands and saying “what the heck!?” Thanks for sharing— I agree, need a little more “on a whim” in my life as well! now following— would love you to follow back at Happy 2012 to you :)

    6. says

      Thanks Ladies! I wish you could have seen the mad craziness a couple hours before the party though. I was even in my painting t-shirt and sweats still while guests were getting there ha ha :)

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