07 Nov

{Totally Groovy!} Vintage Barbie Camping Party

Barbie party activities

This 70’s inspired Vintage Barbie Camping Party is nothing short of totally GROOVY! Maria of Love and Sugar Kisses did an incredible job bringing this oh-so-creative party to life, with help from some amazing vendors, of course! From feathery details to the iconic ’71 Barbie Camper that inspired the entire theme, this celebration mixes natural elements, retro style, and girlie Barbie flair for a spunky & totally unique “glamping” style bash.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for….

– 70’s style feather hair clips, monogrammed canteens & fabric backpacks
– Nature walk, campfire songs & s’more relay race activities! 
– Glitter pine cones, the iconic ’71 Barbie Camper & colorful woodgrain paper details
– Barbie Camper inspired cookies, fondant feather embellished cake pops & s’mores on a stick!
– Chevron bunting embellished pot and colorful wrapped tin cans for subtle camping decor

Barbie camping party food

retro Barbie camping cookies

S'more relay race

glitter pine cones

70s vintage Barbie camping party

70s camping desserts

71 Barbie camper

camping party food

glitter pine cone decoration

groovy camping party favors

seventies camping party canteens

tissue paper campfire

retro chevron wreath

barbie camper


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Maria


My party theme was a 70s Vintage Barbie Camping Party! The inspiration for the party was the 1971 Barbie Camper, which I found on ebay. I wanted to evoke the spirit of the 70’s by using colorful and girly fabrics throughout the party and used bright pink, aquas green, yellow & orange as my colors. I used feathers in several of my decorations and made 70s style feather hair clips for all the girls. I used some touches of nature like twigs for the frames, pine cones and a tree stump cake stand. But I added some Barbie sparkle to them as well! Piggy Bank Parties created all the beautiful printable products including the amazing favor boxes which were detailed replicas of the Barbie Camper! Inside each camper were Barbie stickers & bottlecap necklaces.


We had several party activities. We began with a nature walk and each girl was given a decorated clipboard with items to look for, an embellished canteen, and backpack. After lunch we sat around our faux fire and sang campfire songs. Then we went back outside for a s’mores relay race. The girls were divided into teams and had to assemble s’mores using large pillows and graham crackers & chocolate bars made from foam board. It was a hilarious site and they had a blast!


We served camp-style hot dogs & chips for lunch along with a 70s favorite soda, Nehi! In addition to their camping supplies, each guest received a bag of trail mix & bubbles along with their camper favor box!

The dessert table included cake, designer Oreos & s’mores on a stick all made by me. Beautiful cookies designed to look like the Barbie camper were made by Bambella Cookie Boutique. Delicious cake pops in the bright party colors and decorated with feathers were made by Cuter than Cake.

The pictures were taken by my amazingly talented friend Wendy of Wendy Updegraff Photography whose photos are always gorgeous!



– Photographer: Wendy Updegraff Photography
– Custom printables, illustration & favor boxes: Piggy Bank Parties
– Happy Camping Banner: Stampin’ Fanatic
– Glittery mini cake bunting: The Purple Pug
– Camper cookies: Bambella Cookie Boutique
– Cake Pops: Cuter than Cake 
– Cake & designer Oreos: Love & Sugar Kisses
– Straws: The Sugar Diva
– Wooden pencils: Sandra Downie

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Jamee Bryant SAYS:

Aw!! I loved my 70’s Barbie camper!!! Super cute party!!!!

Reply November 7, 2012 at 8:57 am

stacy SAYS:

So cute! Would you mind telling me where you found the canteens?

Reply December 2, 2012 at 7:51 pm

The Dating Divas SAYS:

LOVE this! Just wanted you to know it was featured on our site today: http://www.thedatingdivas.com/food/101-camping-tips-ideas/ Thanks so much for sharing!!!

Reply July 6, 2013 at 7:51 pm

melissa w SAYS:

How did you glitter the pine cones?

Reply July 16, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Yvonne SAYS:

I would love to know how you painted the pine cones?

Reply October 11, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Carol sisto SAYS:

How do get the barbie camper boxes

Reply September 20, 2014 at 6:51 pm

Carolyn Heia Brown Childs SAYS:

I had that Malibu Camper and the suntanned dolls to go with it: Malibu Barbie, Ken, Skipper, Francie, and PJ. What a cute idea!

Reply July 4, 2015 at 7:19 pm

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