Simple Explorer Party

Simple explorer party.  Cute & thrifty party theme idea that would work for a girl or boy.  Love the nature scavenger hunt activity!

Life is funny sometimes.

Our great explorer party didn’t go exactly as planned, but it somehow ended up being our favorite party ever.  Although there were more than a few moments where it felt like it might have been doomed from the get-go, in the end it was low-key, low-stress, lots of fun, and pretty much perfect in every way.

We had intended, as you may recall, to go camping with one other family to celebrate Princess’ 7th birthday.  We secured the date months ago and even had the perfect campsite all picked out.

And then it rained.  And rained. And rained.  And rained.  Every. Single. Day. For weeks.

In the end the campsite was completely flooded and it was just to wet to go.

So we went with plan B.

A simple cookout at home and a daddy-led nature scavenger hunt in the backyard which was pretty interesting for the adults too. (Download a blank nature hunt sheet here.)  That husband of mine sure knows a lot about plants!  Plus, thanks to all the awesome disposable dinnerware & cookware provided by Chinet, cleanup was a snap too.

The decorations were incredibly simple–a paper plate banner, recycled map table runner, & some vintage suitcases & a globe–and since I already had everything on hand, it was super thrifty as well!  I also printed some explorer labels, punched them out with my trusty scalloped circle punch, then used them as cupcake toppers, napkin tags, and to embellish the potato salad cups. (Download the explorer party labels here)

Simple Explorer Party

Simple Explorer Party

Simple Explorer Party

Simple Explorer Party

Simple Explorer Party

Simple Explorer Party




Simple Explorer Party

Simple Explorer Party

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Have you ever had a party or gathering turn out unexpectedly wonderful?  What happened?

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  • Darcy September 6,

    It turned out really cute! I love the look of concentration on their faces. Where did you get those suitcases?

    • Ruth Soukup September 9,

      My friend Stacy is a genius at shopping flea markets and antique fairs for those kind of things. She found them for me!

  • Mary | Lemon Grove Blog September 6,

    Had to stop in and tell ya that the macaroni and cheese in that picture looks pretty darn good! 😉 Beautiful pictures!

  • EAM September 18,

    I love the idea for this Explorer Party for my daughter! However, I am having trouble accessing the explorer party labels. Are they still available? Thanks so much for posting this party theme. This is perfect!

    • Ruth Soukup September 21,

      Which printables are you looking to print?


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