Planning a party for boys is no small task. For my grandson’s 6th birthday, my daughter-in-law Katie planned a wonderful party with the perfect theme for the birthday boy—Camp Hays. Since Hays is an outdoorsman, she planned a camping party complete with a campfire, s’mores, hot dogs, and all the water balloons they could stand. My son Eric, Hays’s dad, served as the master hamburger and hot dog chef, orchestrating the campfire roasting time. Since the Dads came with their sons, it was a fun time for all the guys.
I wanted to share this party with you in hopes that it would give you some great ideas for parties for the guys in your life. The tartan plaid tablecloths and burlap gave the perfect background to the aluminum pie plates that she used instead of dinner plates. I thought that was so creative, and the boys loved it. They had so much fun catching lightning bugs in jars too. What little boy doesn’t love that? The hobo sticks with red bandanas contained the boys’ party favors and served as hiking sticks to steady their climbs.
One of the cutest things was the Camp Hays cake that Dottie Smith created at Edgar’s Bakery. She always amazes us with her innovative designs. Her icing campground was perfectly appointed with a campfire. When you lit the birthday candles, the campfire just glowed. With all the touches from the sunflowers to the chocolate-dipped pretzels, it was a smashing success.
Do you have any themed summer parties planned? If so, what kind?