Some outdoor settings just scream “party.” And when you’ve got one of those perfect party settings, the only thing left to do is throw a cookout with a camping twist. Recreate the best parts of camping, like swapping stories around a bonfire over s’mores, sipping on ice cold brews and enjoying the outdoors.
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Set the mood with live music. Acoustic guitar melodies will blend in perfectly with your surroundings and add to the ambience.
A camp-inspired party has to take place outside. The more greenery and birds singing around, the better.
Create a menu of cookout favorites like hotdogs and hamburgers with a vegetarian option like black bean burgers. Serve food with enameled steel plates and cups for an authentic camp vibe.
You can’t have a camp-themed party without some campfire action. Let guests make their own dessert with a DIY s’mores station.
Nothing compares to cold brews on the lake on a hot summer day. Recreate the magic with a selection of bottled beers in a grab-and-go cooler. (Extra points if you use something unexpected for the cooler, like a canoe.)
Finish off the night with a bonfire. If your venue doesn’t have the setup for a bonfire, you can still achieve the right mood lighting with a few small tabletop ethanol versions. (Or, worst case scenario, find a YouTube video of a fireplace burning—there are a lot—and play it on a TV.)