My son's 4th birthday was last month and he requested a hiking party! I like to think of awesome puns for the name of their parties using their age. I felt pretty clever coming up with the "Fourest" (he turned four + we hiked in the forest) party idea!
Everyone met at the picnic table I set up next to the trail head. The kids and parents made their own trail mix, drank green goddess juice, and ate "dirt cups." After we mingled for a bit, the kid's opened their party favor bags. The contents of the party favor bags were essential to the hike because we were going on a nature scavenger hunt-hike! Now that they had their scavenger hunt equipment, It was time to start the hike. As we hiked up the trail the kids searched for items on the scavenger hunt list (things like rocks, birds, and snails). It was totally adorable to see the little kids using their magnifying glasses to examine leaves and caterpillars. We even saw a deer springing across the fields!
check out all the details and pictures listed below! All photos were taken on my iphone because I was too busy enjoying the day to take a ton of pictures.
I can't spend a ton of money on decorations and fancy kid palaces. That's totally cool if that's your thing, but my frugal heart cannot handle it. I bought my son a tiny individual cake for his first birthday and it was $45. I think I cried more because of that than because he was "no longer a baby." ;)
We used leaves and pine cones from our backyard to decorate the table as well as a burlap table runner, twine from our garage, and mini chalkboard signs for labeling. The venue was free and the flowers were from our garden. I made the W-A-N-D-E-R banner for probably $3 dollars. The only thing we really spent money on was the party favors for their scavenger hunt and that was about $50. The entire party was definitely under $100. Don't judge me based on this paragraph, I'm not usually the DIY-crafty-has her shit together mom. I even made a point to tell EVERYONE at the party that, "Today, I'm a Pinterest mom!"
The first mason jar is filled with pine cones and has a chalkboard sign attached that reads, "find your name on your gift bag." The gift bags contained the following:
- magnifying glass
- notepad and pencil (for documenting their findings on the scavenger hunt)
- Friends Bunny Grahams (they were in a tie-dye bag... I had to!)
- Individual Bigfoot Band Aids
...because kids are disgusting ;) ;)
Custom Trail Mix Bar
Each kid had a jar with their first initial on it. They made their own trail mix with help from their parents, of course.
- Nuts: peanuts & almonds
- Dried fruit: craisins & banana chips
- Seeds: sunflower & flax
- Carbs: pretzels & honey teddy grahams
- Sweets: m&m's, marshmallows, or dark chocolate chips
And Party Hats!
Scavenger Hunt & Hike
We chose an urban hike overlooking Portland with views of some of our favorite mountains! I put together a list for our scavenger hunt with items like: pine needles, brown or red leaf, green leaf, insect, pine cone, rock, spider web, bird, cloud, deer, something soft, something you think is beautiful, etc. I gave the list to my nephew since he's nine and I figured this hike would be too slow paced for him. The other kids were 1.5- 4 years old and we walked at their speed. He did a great job leading the kids and encouraging them to look for objects on the list.
Here is the field where we saw deer bounding down the hill. This was the perfect hike for little kids because it's not uncommon to see tons of wild life here.
Pictured above is Mount Saint Helens in the distance. Below is my son and nephew in their elements.
The boys observing caterpillars with their magnifying glasses. They thought it was fascinating!
We stopped here for A WHILE. My son was obsessed with his new fuzzy friend.
Thanks to everyone who wandered and celebrated with us! We had a blast and made some rad memories. <3