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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A camp-inspired party has to take place outside. The more greenery and birds singing around, the better.
Set the mood with live music. Acoustic guitar melodies will blend in perfectly with your surroundings and add to the ambience.
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.)