Daisy’s birthday will be spent this year in sunny California, what more could a girl want? Oh, just to celebrate her birthday with her best friends. So, seeing as I wouldn’t be able to fly them over to join us in LA, I thought we could celebrate Daisy’s birthday in the February half term. When I asked what she wanted to do for her birthday she replied, ‘Can we go camping?’ Now I love a trip camping but in February, in the UK, not so much! I started looking online at ideas of how to turn my house into a campsite (whilst keeping to a strict budget as we are saving for our road trip). I came across an amazing new trend… A teepee sleepover party!
This is when I heard from ‘Canvas and Stars Indoor Teepee Parties’, offering everything we wanted for the perfect indoor camping party! The price per child starts from £35 and they offer sleepover parties in a range of incredible themes suitable for both boys and girls. They even do a ‘best friend’ package for smaller sleepovers (You can book a party by visiting http://www.indoorteepeeparties.co.uk)
After looking through the different themes Daisy decided on the ‘Woodland Wonder’ sleepover for herself, her sister Poppy and her three best friends. The price included:
- Teepees for each child
- Air beds with linen and blankets
- Themed cushions
- Themed bunting
- Fairy lights
- End of bed glamping tables
- Chalk name boards outside each tepee (with a special light up chalk board for Daisy)
- Fairy door with glow in the dark stars by each bed
- Fairy wings, tutu and wand
- Mock campfire (handmade with fairy lights)
- Themed dress up accessories
- An activity
- A gift for each child
You can also add on a variety of extras to any package. We chose the sweet table but there were also options of adding on a mocktail station, karaoke machine, pamper packs, breakfast hampers and much more.
We arranged a time on the Friday for the sleepover party to be set up. Steph arrived and within an hour (even though she was bombarded with questions and offers of help from three very excited girls) had transformed my living room into a fairy woodland. I was amazed at how spectacular it looked! She had thought of everything, with so many special touches. Each child had a gift bag on their bed with gifts inside (a dream catcher set, a book mark, glow sticks, sweets, glow in the dark stars), and the chalk name boards give it such a personal touch.
Daisy’s friends arrived shortly after and I wish I had captured the look of amazement on their faces as they entered the ‘Fairy woodland’. After sitting and looking at their special gifts, they dressed up as fairies and headed straight for the ‘picnic area’. Steph had set up the sweet table on a miniature picnic table on some artificial grass to give the look of a real picnic area. All the sweets were set up on the table in cute little jars and buckets, with sweets bags, scoops and tongs.
The girls then sat round the ‘campfire’ doing their activity packs and drawing on the chalkboard (they even left a special message saying ‘Thank you for the best party ever’). They decided they wanted to act out a play using the woodland masks and their torches (held under their chin to make their story spookier). It was an evening full of fun and laughter, including laughter from me when the girls had been quiet for a few minutes (always a worry with 6 girls in the house) and I realised they were trying to toast their marshmallows on the mock campfire!
Finally, they settled down into their camp beds for a film and popcorn, followed by spooky stories with their torches. When I went in to check they were all ready for bed, I had five girls fast asleep in their teepees. Success! In the morning, they asked for breakfast on a picnic blanket around the campfire. They had definitely got into the camping theme. All the girls couldn’t stop telling me how fantastic the party was, and how they had been so tired they had forgot to sneak into the kitchen for a midnight snack!
Steph arrived at midday to pack up the party, and before she had even left the house Daisy had asked if she could do it all over again for her birthday next year. If you’re thinking of ideas for a birthday party, I highly recommend Canvas and Stars Indoor Teepee party. Steph was lovely, and so helpful. With things being hectic at home as we make the final plans for our trip and wedding, it saved me any hassle of having to plan and set up a birthday party. You get so much for your money, and every one of the girls said they had the best time.
It’s the perfect alternative to camping outside. If you’re still wondering whether to book an indoor teepee party, take a look at our Facebook page where we have posted a video of the party set up and some more photos of the sleepover fun.
To book your teepee sleepover party and take a look at the other packages on offer, visit http://www.indoorteepeeparties.co.uk
And to read our top 6 reasons why everyone should go camping, check out our new blog post http://bigworldlittlefootsteps.com/2019/03/12/6-reasons-why-everyone-should-go-camping/