How to Throw a Glam Camping Sleepover
While I was on vacation last week, I hosted a sleepover for my daughter & 8 of her friends in celebration of her 13th birthday.
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 fund 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.”
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 whose water bottle was whose. These made great, inexpensive favors, that hopefully the girls can use later.
For food Mike came by & made tacos – not very campy but it’s one of her favorite dinners at home. We had plenty of snacks too! Popcorn, a trail mix station – so they could mix their own, and a s’mores bar! Mikes mom, Mary made the birthday cake & cupcakes. The cake turned out awesome! It had an owl on top to kind of tie in with the whole “outdoors in” thing. For breakfast Mike came back the next morning (I’m not much of a cook) and made pancakes for the girls. And, yes, I owe him huge! We served lemonade, Sprite, and Dr Pepper to keep everyone refreshed.
For entertainment, I set up my laptop & webcam with the photobooth software that I had used for the wedding. The girls had a huge array of props (also leftover from the wedding, Halloween, etc…) to use, and of course they all had to do each others hair & makeup first. They also had music (106.1 KISS-FM naturally), and then my daughter & stepdaughter had planned out some slumber party games for them to play.
I’m not entirely sure how I survived the night, but I did. It was a huge success! My daughter was thrilled! Maybe next time you’re planning a party you can Glamp! I hope this inspires you to be creative & have fun!