What is "glamping?" GLAMOR + CAMPING = GLAMPING.
And the Widdigirls love to glamp. We camp in camp dresses and pearls. So for Anne's 8th birthday in November, we had a "glamping" theme. A few of the girls have never been camping so it made it all the more fun!
Matt set up our camper in the driveway so I decorated that....more on that later.
Each girl got a goody bag at the beginning of the night with some camping essentials: flashlight, hankerchief for their hair, hankerchief for their doll's hair, SPF lipgloss on a necklace, a simple fleece sleeping bag for their dolls.
To kick things off, we headed to the backyard and talked about how you can still look cute while camping. I shared my glamping tips:
- Get the car loaded and packed AND THEN go take a good shower RIGHT before leaving.
- Give yourself a good blow dry (and if you are old enough, do your make-up).
- Paint your nails (which we did) so you don't see the dirt when it gets under your nails.
- Once you arrive at the your camp site, get set up and then take group pictures. Don't wait until the last day when no one has showered for three days and you all look dirty and mussed up.
- While you are camping, get up each morning, wash your face and do your hair. Second/third day hair requires ponytails and hankerchief. We put each girl's hair in pigtails and their pink hankerchief. While we did their hair and nails, they did their doll's hair.
- Other tips: drink lots of water and keep your SPF lipgloss on at all times.
I decorated most everything in pink with a touch of camo/nature. Glamping is all about keeping things feminine and pretty while you are in the wild.
This is our "campsite" area where we spent most of our time around the fire---doing hair, opening gifts, etc.
I didn't take pictures of all the American girl stuff we made (shoot!). But I did follow these tutorials.
- Mini campfire & tiny stick with mini marshmallows on it (for their dolls to roast). We just made our campfire on a small circle cut out of cardboard (instead of the CD). I used colored felt instead of tissue paper for the flames.
- Mini lanterns that really light up! (see picture below). Here is the tutorial. The only thing I did differently was that I spray painted the base and top pink.
They ate BBQ burgers under the fairy lights. Other camping food: Cheetos and Doritos, smores, and sparkling pink cherry 7up.
So cute...all of sudden one of the girls said, "Let's toast the birthday girl."
Last minute birthday cake I baked.
After campfire activities, gifts and dinners, the girls put on their jammies and we headed to the camper (parked in the driveway). Oh and they put their dolls in their jammies and sleeping bags.
Once we were in the camper, we played our favorite family camping game: left, right, middle.
Then, we turned on the Parent Trap (the orginal, of course). The girls watched and ate cake.
Their parents arrived at 9 p.m. to pick them up. And everyone got a good night's sleep.
For more American girl camping ideas see here.