I began asking my son months in advance what kind of party he wanted for his 12th birthday. We were just a few weeks away when I finally told him that if he didn’t decide on a theme, I was going to pick it for him, to which he replied, “Okay Mom, whatever you want” — any party planning mama’s dream! I thought to myself, “Pretty soon, he’s going to be too cool for Mom to throw his birthday parties. This might be my last chance to really celebrate with him.”
So I wanted to do something special. I wanted a theme that was young and fun and would fill our house with loads of laughter. I wanted a theme that would allow him to run amok with his friends without a care in the world, and so “Camp Run-A-Muck” came to life — a camping birthday party. We pitched tents in the backyard for the boys to sleep in and set up a fire pit for cooking hot dogs and making s’mores. We also set up a nerf gun shooting range and ate chili dogs until our stomachs hurt. My son’s only request was a chocolate birthday cake, and I made sure not to disappoint. At the end of the day, I was one tired mama but I fell asleep to the sound of his laughter coming from the backyard, so I was also one happy camper!
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