My sweet friend Laura created this wonderful camping themed party for her son Liam's 3rd birthday. Get ready for this little tidbit...except for the invites and cake, she "threw it all together" the morning of the party. (I fully expect some of you to be throwing your hands up in the air saying, "Oh my gosh! What the heck?" because that's what I did.) Yes, my super busy and talented friend went to Wal-Mart and concocted all this adorableness spur of the moment. She and her sisters set everything up in her in-laws' backyard.
"I'd seen so many cute ideas on Pinterest, and then just never got around to doing them. We weren't even sure if we'd be able to have the party outside that day, so I just waited it out. Last minute we decided to go ahead with the party, and everything just came together!"
From Laura..."Here is the recipe. We added the lemons and limes cut up inside."
2 (3 oz) packages lime flavored gelatin mix
1 quart of hot water
1 (46 oz) can pineapple juice
2 (12 fluid oz) cans frozen orange juice concentrate thawed
2 cups of white sugar
4 1/2 cups cold water
2 liters ginger ale
1. In a large sauce pan, dissolve the gelatin in 1 quart of hot water. Allow to cool.
2. When gelatin is cool, pour into a large punch bowl. Stir in pineapple juice, orange juice, sugar and 4 1/2 cups of cold water. Pour in ginger ale just before serving.
*Bargain Mom tip: You could add dollops of lime sherbet to make it frothy.
Yes, easy as that. It all just came together... Uh-huh. Splendid. Do I sound bitter? No, no, not me. I just don't understand how I lose sleep over parties that I throw because I couldn't find napkins that matched the icing (or something equally ridiculous). Then Laura does this on a whim, and it turns out this amazing! I need a little more "on a whim" in my life. Maybe next time I'll take her approach and not do anything until the day of the party...Ok, honestly that would drive me mad. It worked pretty darn well for her crew though. Her little man's shin dig was a hit with kids and adults. She said that all of her nieces and nephews are now requesting birthdays where they get their own camp. How cute.
-All photos by Jana MariaThis proves that you don't have to custom order decor from Etsy months in advance or have every detail mapped out to have a unique party. Even Wal-Mart can supply the makings for a fun and memorable soiree.