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#1 of 5 Old 09-15-2010, 01:58 AM - Thread Starter
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so dd's bday party which is an overnight camping trip is on in a week and a half. she just turned 8.

so i need help. there are going to be anything from about 30 to 50 people (probably 10 or 15 kids ages 5 to 10).

we need one dinner, lunch and bfast.

i have never camped or organised anything on my own. so what do i do?

its going to be potluck.

so i thought we could break it up into pieces. some people be responsible for lunch and some for dinner. i have bfast taken care of. someone is bringing smores ingredient. for lunch the next day i thought we'd do sandwiches.

i am freaking out a little bit.

how do i organise this? what should i do as a host or organiser.

since this is one giant bday party and everybody kinda hanging together or doing their own thing like kayaking - when do i make the party. or what is the bday party? cake cutting time?

what games should we play for both kids and adults. the adult range is going to be from 20 to late 40s. no gparents. no family. just friends.

i might have bitten off too much than i can bite. but i felt bad coz we never got to do dd's bday party last year and she is my party girl.

any advice, thoughts, opinions most welcome.

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Plan an actual party time with some games and decorations- you can get some inexpensive decorations at the dollar store. How about a scavenger hunt- make a list of things the can find or spot- pinecone, birch tree, frog, giant rock, squirrel... races like a three legged race or potato sack race, and spoon races- stuff like that. At the end of the games, serve the cake and then let everyone do their own thing. Depending on when you arrive and leave will decide when you have the party.

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How fun! I think that would be a great party!

I wouldn't over-schedule, but I'd have a general progression of events in mind -

Pitch Tents
Craft (decorate a pillowcase, maybe?)
Campfire Songs

You can have campfire songs in mind, and some non-scary stories to tell. Sparklers are always fun too. If you don't think people will have stories to tell, bring a couple of books to read aloud or for kids to read while they fall asleep.

Have fun!!

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You probably have too many people going to make this feasible for the actual birthday cake, but we went camping for dh's bday last year and baked a cake at our campsite with using a box oven (aluminum foil lined cardboard box) we made. It's super easy and I bet that at least the kids your dd's age will get a kick out of it as kind of a scout-ish project. We had limited cold storage space, so we got a Cherrybrook kitchen cake mix so we didn't have to fool with packing eggs, and we just brought a can of frosting. Here's a link to some instructions if you're interested

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so our checkin time is 2 pm. we have to do cake AND smores. and yet dinner time is clashing. so should we do party at 5 dinner at 6 and cake after dinner and then 8 pm smores? yikes that's a lot of sugar. i love the cake idea but i think i'm going to keep it for another day. we have some food allergies so we have 4 different kinds of cakes.

if i try to do bday party at 3 and cake at 4 is that ok?

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