It’s that time of year again! The Blue & Gold Ceremony for my cub scout. This year we decided to have a campfire cookout theme for our ceremony and we really simplified the food, the ceremony and the length of the night. A few hours before the ceremony began, the church lost all power and we weren’t sure we would have any for our event. So in keeping with the campfire theme, we sent out an email asking everyone to bring their headlamps and lanterns just in case. We ended up with the power coming back on but part of the ceremony we chose to turn them off and use the headlamps & lanterns. It was really fun!
We decided to use online registration this year so we sent out this invite with a link to register online. That also cut down on the time it used to take to just come in the door.
For the tableware, I kept it simple this year with blue plates & yellow napkins. For an additional touch, I used the Cub Scout Rank signs with den numbers for the table centerpieces. Last year we used them for the den leaders appreciated this as it gave them each a place to display their awards and present them during the ceremony. This year I printed them out and glued them to wooden dowels that I put inside striped paper party straws which I then put inside tree slices. I got my tree slices from the neighborhood. A neighbor had a tree that had fallen and they had all of the limbs cut and on the side of the road, so I picked up a few of them and cut the slices myself. I drilled a hole in the center of each one for the dowel to sit in. The den numbers were added to each one so we could have each den sit together.
Every year the food service line eats up most of the time we have for the ceremony and can create a very long night. So we simplified it all by having all of the food already at each place setting. We served Chik-fil-A sandwiches, Lays potato chips, bottled water with some great water bottle labels I created, and bananas & apples on the table. So as everyone arrived, they were able to begin eating and we got the ceremony started on time and wrapped up early. The parents really appreciated it especially on a school night!
And for the real treat of the night, everyone received a Campfire Cupcake on their way home! Sarah of Gigi’s Cupcakes of Buckhead made these amazing mini S’mores cupcakes for our event. She even toasted the marshmallows on top! They were amazing and definitely what everyone remembers most. I made a “Campfire Cupcakes” banner and strung it on burlap rope and tied it to a galvanized bucket that I turned upside down so I could place our campfire made of logs & tissue paper flames on top. I added a small thank you sign and everyone helped themselves on their way out.
It was a great event! I hope you find some inspiration to make your blue & gold ceremony a little special for the scouts in your life.
STYLING & DESIGN: AMY’S PARTY IDEAS | INVITES: LULU COLE | CAMPFIRE CUPCAKES: GIGI’S CUPCAKES OF BUCKHEAD | PRINTABLES: LULU COLE | NAVY PARTY STRAWS: GREEN PARTY GOODS | BLUE PLATES & YELLOW NAPKINS: CREATIVE CONVERTING | WATER BOTTLE LABELS: LULU COLE