Huckleberry Finn First Birthday Party: Inspired by a children’s book

When planning a children’s party there are a lot of places to look for inspiration. Many come from popular movies or video game characters. But there are also themes that are less “in-your-face” too! Think about your child’s favorite toy, book, or outfit. It’s so fun and creative to take something like that and turn it into party décor and activities. For this first birthday party (which are a delight in and of themselves) I was inspired by a darling Huckleberry Finn board book.

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a classic book, and in this BabyLit camping primer version there are such lovely illustrations and clever quotations from the real story by Mark Twain. Think rafts, clotheslines, fishing, and friends. So cute!

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When using something as inspiration, you don’t have to copy every last detail. For this party I used the following five elements from the book to create a festive put-together party without trying to match every detail:

• General campy feel of the book
• Colors and patterns from the illustrations
• Font used in the book
• Clothespins
• Rafts

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1. Campy Feel: Since the book is a camping primer (teaching kids about camping using a classic book), I wanted the party to feel kind of like you were on an outdoor adventure. So without going overboard, I made it feel like one. We grilled hotdogs and roasted s’mores, then stepped it up a notch with fancy toppings and food labels. I also simply held the party outside.

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2. Colors and Patterns: Using the colors and patterns from the book was probably the biggest element I pulled for the party. The colors are so great in this board book – reds, turquoise, olive, goldenrod, orange. It was perfect and great for an end-of-summer bash! I used the colors from the papers for favors and garlands. I had a blast picking out fun campy patterns too – like bandana, faux wood, and polka dot.

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3. Font: The font used in the book was fairly distinctive. All caps and funky. I purchased a cool font called “Press Style” that has a similar vibe to the book and used it to create the food labels, activity, and favors. (Printables coming later this week.) Throwing in a fabulous font is a great way to tie your party theme together.

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4. Clothespins: One of the pages in the book has a cute clothesline (where Huck Finn decides to borrow some clothes) and the clothespins on the line grabbed my attention. Ideas started flying and I ended up using clothespins to hang signs and make favors. I even got mini clothespins to construct the food labels. Who hasn’t wanted to buy mini clothespins? Now you have a reason. It was fun to take a simple element like this and brainstorm fun ideas.

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5. Raft: The raft page is really what hooked me on this darling book in the first place. I used the raft page as inspiration for the party activity. Get excited! I have a full ‘how to’ to share this week AND it doubles as a service project. Score!

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Stay tuned for the pictures from this real life party including “how tos” for the food, décor, favors, and activity. I hope you love it too and start thinking of out-of-the-box things you can use as party inspiration. Click for more Huckleberry Finn Party ideas.






The perfect finishing touch to any Camping Party is the classic s’more. While it’s an obvious idea, actually cooking up s’mores for a dozen or more kids running around an open flame might be to difficult. Instead, send your party guests home with a little diy kit to make their own s’mores.

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You Will Need: free printable “S’more For Later” label (download below), sticker paper, kraft french fry boxes, clear plastic bags, s’more supplies (graham crackers and cookies, chocolate, and marshmallows), red twine or string

Directions: Fill a clear plastic bag with the s’more supplies. Tie the bag closed at the top with some twine. Print and cut out the free printable “S’more For Later” labels on sticker paper. Stick a label onto each french fry box. Slip a bag of s’more supplies into each french fry container.

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If you’re having a Camping Party, you’d better serve s’more cupcakes. They perfectly combine two of my favorite treats – cupcakes and s’mores! You might be asking how to make s’more cupcakes. Well, they are a lot easier to make than you’d think.

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You will need: your favorite chocolate cupcakes in some pretty cupcake wrappers, marshmallows, graham crackers, chocolate, marshmallow frosting (recipe below)

Marshmallow Frosting:
1 cup butter, just soft enough to mix
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 jar (7 oz) marshmallow fluff
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Beat the butter until fluffy. Add the powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, to the butter. Mix until it is well combined. Add the vanilla extract and mix. Stir in the marshmallow fluff with a spoon.

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Directions: To make the s’more cupcakes, first pipe a small amount of frosting on top of each chocolate cupcake. Smooth out the top of the cupcake with a knife.

Place your marshmallows on top of some parchment paper in the oven turned on broil. Watch the marshmallows closely and pull them out just as they start to get toasted on top.

While the marshmallows are still warm, pull them off of the parchment paper and place them on top of your cupcakes. Top the cupcakes with a small piece of graham cracker and chocolate.

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Whether you decide to go up in the mountains or just over to the local park for your camping party, be sure to put together these easy diy camping signs to help your guests know that they’re in the right place!

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To make the Camp Signs you will need:
12″ x 3″ piece of balsa wood
x-acto knife
2″ poster board alphabet
acrylic paint
double stick tape
foam paint brush

Directions: First, carefully cut a point on one end of your balsa wood sign. Next, use the poster board alphabet to spell out the word onto your wood sign. Tape the word down with the double stick tape. Paint over the top of your sign and word with acrylic paint. Let the paint dry. Peel off the poster board alphabet word to expose the wood underneath.

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One of the best and easiest party themes for this time of year is a Camping Party! You can easily take a little troop of guests up to an easy hike or a fun little camp out at a local park. But, to start your party, be sure to invite your guests over with this adorable little camping map invitation.

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You will need: kraft with red dot bags, free printable Camping Invitation (download below), free printable camp envelope labels (download below)

Directons: Print out the map invitation then fill in the details on the map. Fold up the map and slip it into a red dot kraft bag instead of an envelope. Print and cut out the free printable envelope labels to put on your kraft bag.

I also included a cute little plastic compass into each invitation. You can find similar compasses at your local party store.

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