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Camp Haddie


First of all, I cannot believe that I hung on to this party for over a year without sharing it! I am not sure what the hold-up was, but I am so excited to share it with all of you today.  

Last May, I put this "summer camp" themed birthday party together for my sweet Haddie. As much as I love party planning, sometimes life gets busy & you have to put other priorities first......that was the case for our family last year. Even though we were riding the crazy train & I couldn't devote as much time as I normally would planning her birthday, I wasn't going to let it get in the way of giving her a a really fun day..... I  just had to pick a theme that would allow me to be more casual.

My Aunt has this gorgeous property just outside of Portland, Oregon. It is five acres with half of the acreage being heavily wooded with these majestic 100 year trees. It is a magical place that my girls both love. With being short on time, I figured a rustic theme like a "summer camp" would be a great choice...and with a perfect setting (like my Aunt's property) at my disposal, the theme seemed like a no brainer.....so we went with it.

I really wanted to keep the food simple & casual, so we went with a s'more bar. I made a bunch of cookies & homemade marshmallows and loaded the table up with every kind of candy bar you could imagine, as well as Nutella & berries. The kids LOVED being able to to create their own s'more masterpieces (my favorite being Benton and his three chocolate bar stacker which sent him into sugar hysterics about an hour after the party).

I learned a lot from throwing this party..... I do better on less time. I was forced to make decisions fast and didn't have the time to dwell on or sweat the small stuff. Going forward I have taken minimalist approach to party planning. And, I have to say I love what I come up with more now then I did on parties past when I took months & months to plan. Plus, the kids had a wonderful time....which was the point of having this celebration to begin with.

xoxo,

Stevie


summer camp (stevie pattyn for shop sweet lulu}

summer camp (stevie pattyn for shop sweet lulu}


summer camp (stevie pattyn for shop sweet lulu}

summer camp (stevie pattyn for shop sweet lulu}

summer camp (stevie pattyn for shop sweet lulu}

summer camp (stevie pattyn for shop sweet lulu photographs by tara bamford}

summer camp (stevie pattyn for shop sweet lulu }

summer camp (stevie pattyn for shop sweet lulu photographs by tara bamford}



And since this was a real party, I wanted to share some of the after party with you.

Here is what happens when you leave a four year old and her bestie unattended with a table full of treats and an empty teepee.......


summer camp (stevie pattyn for shop sweet lulu }

summer camp (stevie pattyn for shop sweet lulu }

summer camp (stevie pattyn for shop sweet lulu }

 summer camp (stevie pattyn for shop sweet lulu }



source guide & credits:

party design & styling, fabric bunting, camp haddie garland, baked goods, wooden name tags, drink labels, welcome happy campers sign & photography: stevie pattyn for shop sweet lulu

photography: tara bamford of third book photography


butterfly nets & pop-its: dollar tree

26 comments :

  1. I LOVE THIS!!!! What a wonderful idea! So unique and absolutely perfect outdoor theme!
    Melissa
    Fawn Over Baby

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  2. Sweet party! Love the s'mores bar and teepees!

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  3. ADORABLE!!!! love all of the details...those tee pees are to much fun!!

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    1. Thank yo so much!! It was a very simple party to put together &the kidlets has such a good time! xo

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    1. It was from Old Navy last Summer. I am sad report that her party was the first and the last time she wore it. By the end of the party it was covered in craft paint & soot from the fire. I tried at least 10 times to get it clean with no success :( RIP cutest dress ever.

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  5. Such a sweet party! Love all of the simple charming details. Would love to see tutorials on the feather headbands and wooden name tags. I love it all!

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    1. Both project were REALLY easy, I mean REALLY easy. If others are interested, I would love to do a tutorial! :) xo

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    2. thank you. i was just wondering what the letters on the name tags were made from or where you got them?

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    3. I just sent you an e-mail! xoxo

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  6. LOVE the unattended children the best-they sure know how to live! heehee

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    1. They are kids that know how to live the good life for sure!

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  7. That is the most amazing party! Great idea, so beautiful! You created a truly magical day for your little girl!!

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  8. These photos are beautiful! I vividly recall Haddie's enthusiasm..."Cheryl! My birthday party is coming!" and the like. For days prior and after:) Love the 'chocolate stash'.

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    1. They girls LOVES a good party....I have no idea where she would get a love of celebrations :)

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  9. oh my! IN LOVE with everything!

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  10. I wonder how a lot effort you place to make any such great informative web site so amazing.....
    Good job Stevie !!!!!
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  11. This is honestly so lovely. What a magical ambiance you've captured!
    -Irina @ www.wander-crush.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Irina. So glad you enjoyed it! xo

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  12. So cute, great effort and creates so beautiful ambiance for the little girl. Loved it.

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