Elyssa's Night Owl Party

Speaking of birthdays, I never shared any details from my oldest daughter's birthday party last Spring. She wanted something fun, but not too girly. I had already picked up a ton of cute owl stuff from the dollar section at Target. The camping part kept it from being to frilly. I couldn't help but laugh!

I found ideas for cupcakes (http://www.duncanhines.com/recipes/cupcakes/dh/owl-cupcakes) and treat bags with owl smores (http://www.livinglocurto.com/2010/09/owl-smores/) on-line.  Both of the recipes are easy to follow and Elyssa really enjoyed helping.  Since we had owl cupcakes, I went with a campfire cake.  I ended up putting a few different ideas together.  The "cake" was really Betty Crocker® Mississippi Mud Supreme Bars.  The pit was made using chocolate rocks, the logs were twix bars, and then I just added some small touches like toasted marshmallows for coals.  Then I made sure there were plenty of worms, bugs, and trail mix to snack on!  We also roasted marshmallows for smores and cooked our hot dogs in a fire pit.

The highlight of the night for most girls was dissecting owl pellets.  I ended up ordering them from Amazon and each girl had a partner.  This worked out well, because not everyone wanted to participate!  The girls also set up their tent, painted rocks, made bracelets and enjoyed playing games in the tent with flashlights.  I am anything but a camper, but sleeping in the backyard (in my own little tent with Miss B and her friend Ella) was certainly worth it.  I know this will always be one of her favorite themes!


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