Indoor Camping Party and Minute to Win It

on June 27, 2013

Hey! Thanks for stopping by! If  you are new here, welcome! If you’ve been here before, welcome back! I really hope you enjoy the highlights of this party, that you get a few ideas for your own, and I hope that you’ll follow along on FacebookPinterest or Google+ for more party fun! 
Can I just say that I love summer? It’s been so great having the kids home! We’ve been following a pretty relaxed schedule. There’s been swimming, and having friends over to play, going to the library, hanging at the zoo, and.. partying!

We planned this slumber party for my girls, to celebrate the end of the school year and the start of summer. Both girls LOVE camping, so sharing some of the things that we like to do with six of their nearest and dearest made planning this party easy and the actual event a huge hit with the under 10 crowd. Where did I go for inspiration? Where else?! Pinterest, and there is so much out there to get your creative juices flowing!

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We started things off by making and sending out these super cute invites. The design and fantastic rhyme I found here – along with some other fantastic ideas for the party!

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Our girls go to different schools, in different counties, because we share custody with their other parents. As a result, their friends rarely mix, so, this was an opportunity to have everyone together and for both girls to spend some time in our home with them. We were a little nervous, but it turned out just perfect, despite Mother Nature trying to wash us away that evening! We had decided to serve dinner with the fixin’s, and had our guests arrive at 5:30. To break the ice, and also to give all the girls time to arrive, each girl receive a scavenger hunt packet on arrival, and all the girls met in the backyard to hunt for things on the list.

When they completed the list and everyone had arrived, we all met to share our treasures and finds, and to introduce ourselves. I had each girl tell us their name, their favorite color, and their favorite food. It was a simple activity, but they all had a good giggle, they found some commonalities, and the ice was officially broken! I adapted the scavenger hunt I found here, printed off the list of items to find, along with the labels, and attached both to a paper lunch bag. Easy, cheap, within theme, and so cute!
For an easy craft, we had the girls select and decorate a flashlight using letter stickers, that they were able to take home the next day.
Decorating was a cinch – just think camping! I literally put together this super cute banner at the last minute using kraft paper, tissue paper, a glue gun and a bit of burlap.
The camp name is a combination of both girls names – Kyla and Bekah, and is also a name we used to tell them stories when they were little. Princesses Kybekah and Byla were always up to some mischief! 
For the dessert table, again, think camping – I used a lantern, a mini cooler, a vase of blue spruce branches, decorative pine cones, gingham paper napkins and fabric, a dutch oven and various tin dishes and wicker baskets. For dinner plates, we used aluminum cake pans.
For dinner, we had planned to have the girls roast hot dogs, but unfortunately the weather wasn’t cooperating. Instead, we grilled hot dogs, and served mac and cheese, a fruit tray, and various other crackers and snacks – it was not my usual spread, but we wanted to keep it simple and everything was devoured.

Our dessert table consisted of cupcakes, s’mores, and various other treats, as well as a make-your-own popcorn/trail mix bar to snack on during the movie we had chosen.

Luckily, we were able to get through dinner outside, picnic style, before the skies opened up, dropping what seemed like a monsoon! At this point, we all headed inside where I’d prepared an at home version of Minute to Win it. We divided the girls into two teams, by having them draw numbers from a hat – we were very cognizant of fairness and making sure no one was left out and it ended up being the best thing – many of the girls bonded and became friends who’d only met that evening! Once divided, each team came up with a name, and competed against the opposite team and each other. Each win was worth one point – the player with the most points got first pick at the tent of their choice, one of three we’d assembled indoors. The three top scores also received a prize – the latest Bop magazine.You’d have thought we’d given them a gold bar.
We played five games as follows:
  • Face the Cookie: Using only the face, move cookies from the forehead to the mouth.
  • Breakfast Scramble:  Assemble the front of a cereal box that has been cut into sixteen equal pieces. 
  • Separation Anxiety:   Sort a pile of 25 multicolored candies into piles by color. We used laffy taffy. 
  • Tweeze Me: Have players use chopsticks to move 10 Tic Tacs from the table to a bowl. 
  • Bucket Head:  Catch three balls in a bucket on top of your head

This was so fun – not only to play, but just to watch! Who knew trying to move a cookie down your face could be so challenging and funny? Everyone had a great time, there was team support, lots of cheering on for all the players.. it was just a really great activity that I would highly recommend for any party with kids of this age or older. Loved it! For game instructions and more game ideas, you can visit the NBC Website.

After the games were over, and all the prizes had been distributed, the girls chose their tents and got ready for bed. Then it was time for the good stuff – s’mores and other treats!

The rain had not let up, which made it impossible to spark up the fire pit outside for actual marshmallow roasting, so, instead, we opted for a full sheet of oven s’mores. If you’ve never made s’mores in this way, it couldn’t be simpler. Preheat your broiler. On a cookie sheet, assemble your s’more – graham cracker, chocolate piece and marshmallow. Place the cookie sheet under the broiler, and watch carefully. The marshmallows will puff and brown quickly! Remove the sheet from the oven and place a second graham cracker on the stack, pressing down slightly. These will be hot and the chocolate will be melted. Allow to cool before eating.
After our s’mores were devoured consumed, the girls spent some time in their tents chatting, giggling, and just doing girl stuff before we got ready for the movie.
I had quite the time finding an appropriate movie for girls in the 8-10 year old range, that would give them a little more substance than a Disney animated movie, so, I thought I’d share a list of what I was able to find. Many of these I was able to find in the $5 bin at Walmart. All of the movies are rated PG.
  1.  Aquamarine – this is what we watched and it is a favorite of my girls – Rated PG – It’s the end of summer and Claire (Roberts) and Hailey (JoJo) have a major problem. In just five days, Hailey’s family is moving halfway around the world! These girls need a major miracle, and they get one in the form of Aquamarine, a beautiful mermaid who washes ashore in a late summer storm. Sweet but clueless to the ways of romance, she offers to grant the girls one wish if they help her find the boy of her dreams. But when they attempt to reel in the cute local lifeguard, the result is something none of them expect and they discover that sometimes what you wish for isn’t what you really want after all!
  2.  Monte Carlo – Rated PG – Get ready for an awesome adventure of a lifetime in Monte Carlo! Selena Gomez (Ramona and Beezus) lights up the screen as Grace, a high-spirited high school grad looking forward to a vacation in Paris with her best friend Emma (Katie Cassidy) and stepsister Meg (Leighton Meester). Just as the girls think their trip is ruined when their hyperactive tour guide leaves them behind, Grace is mistaken for a wealthy socialite and the trio is whisked away to Monte Carlo for a thrilling week of glitz, glam, and unforgettable fun.
  3.  Another Cinderella Story – Rated PG – My girls love some Selena Gomez! Out of the several ‘Cinderella-type’ movies out there, this is one of the better ones. Talented teen actors abound including an especially cute Selena Gomez. Her ‘best friend’ in the show is really cute and quirky and a fine match for the male lead’s ‘best friend’. This is a movie I enjoy watching several times a year.
  4. A Cinderella Story – Rated PG – This time, with Hilary Duff. Older movie, cute story.  
  5.  Journey to the Center of the Earth
  6.  Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
  7.  What a girl wants
  8.  Oz the Great and Powerful – new, but a great movie!
  9. Mirror, mirror – 
If you have any others to share, we are always looking for movies for sleepovers and there just aren’t enough of them that I know about!

Before the movie, each girl was invited to create their own popcorn trail mix. The choices of ingredients included craisins, raisins, peanuts and almonds, pretzels, peanut butter and regular m&ms, mini marshmallows, granola and honey nut cheerios. They could also add “fishing bait”, otherwise known as swedish fish and gummy worms.

After mixing up our trail mix, everyone settled in to their sleeping bags for the night and watched the movie. I’d love to say there was a lot of sleep had by all, but that wouldn’t be much of a sleepover, now would it? I can tell you that everyone was very well behaved, and there weren’t a lot of crazy shenanigans going on, so all in all, it was the best we could ever ask for!

For breakfast, the girls all made lumberjack foil packets, our favorite camping breakfast. Everyone had a great time choosing their ingredients, and the best part? No dishes!

To thank our guests for coming, the girls handed out party bags containing s’more trail mix, the flashlights the girls decorated earlier in the party, and a few other treats.

We had a great time and the girls got to spend some quality time with friends they were really missing. I hope everyone will have fond memories of this one for a long time! 

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  • Cathy Compeau

    Thanks so much for sharing at A Peek Into My Paradise TGIF Link Party! I can't wait to see what you link up next week! I hope to see you at the (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop!
    Have a terrific week!
    Hugs, Cathy

    July 2, 2013 at 4:42 am Reply
    • Kim Young

      Thank, Cathy! And, thanks so much for hosting! Cheers!

      July 7, 2013 at 5:54 am Reply
  • Emily Morgenstern

    Oh my goodness, what a cute party idea!! I featured it today in my party round-up:

    July 16, 2013 at 5:14 pm Reply
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