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Glamping: Mixing The Outdoors with the Comforts of the Indoors

My daughter just turned 17 and that had me reminiscing about her over the years. I remembered the great 13th birthday Glam Camping Sleepover we had to celebrate. Check out how to add some GLAM to your next camping trip!

We were missing a couple of girls that got there late, but it’s still a great pic! KISS-FM/Kat Mykals


This was not just ANY sleepover! Oh no… Not for a 13th birthday! We had to Glamp! What is Glamping? It’s Glam Camping! There are 2 ways to do it. You can either bring the comforts of home out into the wild while you camp, OR you bring a little of the outdoors in. We went with the second option. Hey! It’s hot, and I like air conditioning! Plus I got to sleep in a real bed, and I didn’t have to fight with any bugs!

We started by renting a cabin with a loft, and telling the girls to bring their sleeping bags. Then we set out to decorate (on the cheap of course!). We made a trip to the Dollar Tree (everything is just $1) and we also hit up a few thrift stores in search of things to decorate with. What we ended up with was awesome! We found some wicker baskets that I spray painted purple. We also found some cool mason jars, and some inexpensive votive candle holders.  We used some scrapbook paper that we had around the house already & made bunting to hang that said “Camp Lizzie.” I also used some scraps from cutting the bunting & made a cool framed sign that reads “Keep Calm & Glamp On.”


Our handmade bunting! KISS-FM/Kat Mykals

I picked up water bottles for each girl at Walmart for just a buck a piece, in lime green & hot pink. We even found some “This drink belongs to:” tags that we set out with a sharpie. That way the girls could keep track of who the bottles belonged to. These made great, inexpensive favors, that hopefully the girls can use later.


Water Bottles
Water bottles & tags so everyone can keep track of their drink! KISS-FM/Kat Mykals

For food we made tacos – not very campy but it’s one of her favorite dinners at home. We had plenty of campy snacks too! Popcorn, a trail mix station – so they could mix their own, and a s’mores bar! It was a great way to bring the outside in.


Snacks & cake
Yummy!! KISS-FM/Kat Mykals

For entertainment, I set up my laptop & webcam with photobooth software that I downloaded. The girls had a huge array of props (leftovers from Halloween) to use, and of course they all had to do each others hair & makeup first.

Bringing the outside in and glamping is definitely the way to go next time you head out into the wilderness! In fact, you could Glamp On at Scales Lake:

Get Your Glamp On with a Weekend at Scales Lake & $300

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