Monday, November 12, 2012

A S'mores Outdoor Birthday Party

 My oldest daughter is now eleven!  We celebrated with a 'S'mores Outdoor Birthday Party.' 
Making very simple cupcakes, I combined a jar of chocolate icing and vanilla icing to achieve the light chocolate color as the backdrop for the pretzels and miniature marshmallows 's'mores.'
I found a stack of outdoor themed paper at one of the craft stores and made cones to hold the popcorn.
She is a little old to make cone paper hats, so this was my alternative!
Big logs from our firewood pile, plus camp stools surround our small copper fire pit.  We gave flashlights as party favors (Big Lots: ten for ten dollars,) knowing the darkness would come quickly.  You have to love an outdoor party, where all the mess is contained!  I put a large French basket on the front porch to hold gifts.  I didn't spend much time on decorations, but did make a few warm spots for parents to sit.  Rob set out several games for the girls to keep them entertained.
Corn hole, bobbing for apples, eating hot dogs, cupcakes, and s'mores, plus opening gifts made the time pass quickly.  Not all the girls knew each other, so having games is a great way to make everyone feel included.

Happy Birthday Ashlyn!

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Sunflowers With Smiles said...

Adorable party theme!

CEO Lisa Anne - L.A said...

Ohh what a fabulous b'day party. Love your ideas and the cupcakes look delicious. Happy Birthday to your daughter.

Anonymous said...

What an adorable party..Love the ideas here..May have to copy..I mean borrow a few ideas..Happy Birthday to your daughter..

Moore Minutes said...

Those cupcakes are adorable! This entire party looks so warm, cozy, and fun. :)

Kelli said...

Love this party! It has given me a few ideas for my daughters birthday in July.

Anonymous said...

Cute party. Love the simple cupcakes. You are very much a caring, loving, hands on Mom. Looks like the kids were having fun. Love your blog and so many of your shares.

Miss G said...

super fun! adorable cupcakes!! Kelly

At The Picket Fence said...

I just love this Christie and I'm totally stealing this theme idea ok? :-) It looks like everyone had a wonderful time and as usual you made it so special and personal. Well done!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Christie, How adorable are those kids and all the fun you created for them.
You get the GOOD MOM AWARD!
xo Have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!

Tardevil said...

Just hope everything is ok. Miss your blog posts. Hope you are having a great Christmas season!

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