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Camping Birthday Party Invitations

Since I was hosting a Camping Birthday Party, of coursed I needed Camping Birthday Party invitations. Now. If you’re a summer baby or have had a summer baby, you know all too well the joys of trying to host a summer birthday party.


  • Backyard party
  • Great weather
  • BBQ’s and outdoor cooking
  • Sunshine
  • Pool party potential
  • Ice cream and kool aid and slushies and popsicles
  • Usually accommodating to more guests due to the backyard part


  • Everyone is away on vacation

My older daughter’s birthday falls at the end of August, which leads into the last long weekend of the summer a.k.a. Labour Day weekend. And so many people at that time of year do that last minute panic excursion away before school starts, and real life and colder weather kicks in.

Trying to ensure that the classmates that your kids hang out with all year round are able to attend at that time, is well…a parents birthday party planning nightmare.

I mean it’s great that you can decorate, and buy all the sugar infused treats and loot bags that you can, but if the friends can’t come, there’s no party.

Because in the end, that’s the most important thing.

This year, I got a little smarter with the birthday invitations.

As insane as it sounds to book at date for a kids birthday that far in advance (I mean come on, it’s June), I checked the calendar, decided on an August weekend. Ten am making sure she goes to school with the invitations before the end of her school year. So at the very least, should I not be able to get her friends parents contact info, it’s on the radar.

Because if her friends are anything like her, birthday parties in elementary school are a huge deal. It’s epic to go to a summer party at her age because it’s like a reunion with your besties at school.

So my card making loving self made these for her Camping Birthday Party. Because that’s the theme she’s begged me for for 2 years, since the madness that was the Rainbow Birthday Party.

I started off with juice can lids. Yeah. Go ahead. Say “What the hell?” I keep all of them. Mainly because these are so good to use for kids crafts. Buttons. Signs. Flowers. Sunshine. Happy Faces. Name tags. I could go on.

Another reason I wanted to use them was because it is a camping party and camping tends to be a little rustic. And I needed something to ensure I could attach a magnet too and not look ridiculous.

I’ll get to that.

Got out the Mod Podge…

I used my glue gun to put a craft magnet on the inside of the card. Then on the front I lightly glued the lids to the paper.

They did adhere to the magnet on their but this was just to hold their position in place.

And then I wrote “Join Us in the Woods” otherwise known as the fake woods in our backyard with my DYMO label maker.

I love my DYMO label maker. You should see my kitchen cupboards.

 I’ve become that blogger that posts 10 unnecessary photos of her projects.

Why? Because you are all very particular about which photos you Pin on Pinterest. One never cuts it. And it’s never the one I think you should pin.

And if you’re sitting there going I don’t get why you needed a magnet, it’s my subtle way of saying “Hey I can conveniently stick this invite on my fridge!” Or your family memo board.

As a gentle yet completely not subtle reminder of those summer birthday parties, and how it would mean the world to a little kid to have your kid attend.

Get inspired for your next “glamping trip” with these amazing projects from my friends.

From left to right, they are:

“Life is Better Around the Campfire” Bumper Sticker by Fynes Designs

Camping Birthday Party Invitations by northstory

15 Easy and Delicious Camping Recipes by A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

Skillet S’more Brownies by Satori Design for Living

Paper Bag Luminaries by Suburble

How to set up a “Glamping Kitchen” by Echoes of Laughter

DIY Painted Walking Sticks by The DIY Dreamer

Fire Starter Kit in a Jar by Craftberry Bush

Printable Camping Checklist for Kids by Clean and Scentsible 

9 Great Glamping Projects

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  • Reply
    Echoes of Laughter
    June 20, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Wow Alex! I though they were a graphic that you designed, but they are a craft! Brilliant! Both my daughter and I are August babies, and when she was in elementary school, I usually hosted her party about 2 weeks after school started because it was so hard to nail people for a date in August…so I know how you feel. Then as they get older, it gets even more complicated because August becomes sports camps month and later in the month, it becomes sports tryout time. Oh the joys of hosting a summer party. Then my son has a birthday in February, so we could never do anything outside because it was too cold….except for skating. But when you play hockey all week, skating is not special. Ha!

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    Shauna Oberg
    June 20, 2014 at 11:04 am

    So smart to make these with the magnet- good reminder! I remember my mom sending my brother’s invitations to school in a big envelope for the teacher to hand out (I guess she didn’t trust him to do it). We got everything ready for his party and waited…waited some more… until finally my mom started calling around and found out no one got the invitations. Luckily a few kids were in town and their moms brought them over. Could’ve been the worst birthday ever!

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    June 20, 2014 at 11:04 am

    These are so great Alex! We hosted a camping themed birthday for my daughter a few years ago and it was a blast! These invites would have been perfect!

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    Kristen S
    June 20, 2014 at 11:09 am

    I love the use of the juice lids! So creative. I kinda want to go to the birthday party now

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    June 20, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Alex – these are gorgeous! I have an August birthday and I know all too well about having poorly-attended birthday parties. But at the same time, the summer means late nights and warm weather – so I’ll still take it.

    Pinned (of course)!

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    June 20, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! Such a great party idea too!!! I may just ask Gabrielle if she would like a Camping themed birthday too!

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    June 20, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    You’re a genius. Amazed at your ability yet again.

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    June 21, 2014 at 3:06 am

    These are fabulous – very creative! Such a great idea to add the magnet. Summer birthdays are always hard so hopefully this helps! 🙂

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    June 21, 2014 at 5:45 am

    These are so incredibly creative!! My daughter is an August baby and she starts school this year, were just getting into it. You’d think because I have a big family there would always be people to invite, but they all plan an annual camping trip on the weekend of her birthday so were still stuck. Awesome craft idea I have to start saving those lids!

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    June 22, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    These look fabulous! And I can totally understand your love with the DYMO labelmaker. Because I have the same. And maybe you should also see my kitchen cupboards 😉

    Have a great week!
    Love, Midsommarflicka

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    The Sweet Escape
    June 22, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    These are so freak’n cute, I love them! I want to come to this party. Also – where did you get your circle punch?

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      June 23, 2014 at 7:58 am

      I got it at Michaels. They have pretty much every size you need. I find this to be the most versatile in terms of lids and banners.

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    Jennifer @ Brave New Home
    June 23, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    These are awesome! Haha, you are so right about including extra images cause we are never right about which ones our readers will want to pin. We just welcomed our second and my mom was relieved that she didn’t come too far past her due date cause then she’d be forced to have a summer birthday party and how could her little future friends come? 😛

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      June 23, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      OMG you had your baby!!! Congratulations! ❤️

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    June 24, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    So very cute ! I love theme parties and this one sounds like so much fun…xo

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    Alexis @ Persia Lou
    June 27, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Okay – my daughter’s birthday is at the end of August too, and we have had problems with getting people at her parties. And we are also planning a summer camp theme party for her this year! I love, love, love these invites. The “badge” look is perfect. Pinned! 🙂

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    June 27, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    These are SO CUTE. Making them into magnets is so smart. I love this!

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