Have your teens started getting invited to go ENO? This is a trend in our college town, so it may be more of a college thing to do but our teens have picked up on it and it has really caught on. Everyone takes their ENO hammock and meet up at a local park and hang out.
What is an ENO? Well, it’s an abbreviation for the brand (Eagles Nest Outfitters) that sells lightweight hammocks. They are light enough to take backpacking and provide a great way to rest along the trail. They are made of material that weighs next to nothing and will dry quickly if a rain storm pops up. They come in fun colors, and now most big box stores have their own version of these lightweight hammocks making them more affordable for everyday use. But regardless of what kind of hammock you own, kids will still ask you to go ENO.
This year, he became a teenager. A teenager! Time slow down….please. So we decided to have an ENO party at the park. We had walking tacos (have you heard of these?), bug juice (he said it was still fine to have something cute like that at his party), a s’mores bar (this was definitely the hit of the party!), and some watermelon (it was the end of summer after all)! Everyone brought their own hammocks and we put on the tunes, had a water balloon fight, and played frisbee in the park. The kids had a blast and there really isn’t anything more fun than hanging with your friends at the park without a care in the world.
The biggest hit of the party was our s’mores bar! I made a printable s’mores menu to give the kids some inspiration on the options they could make. The Chunky Monkey was the favorite but the kids had a blast coming up with their own creations too.
How fun is our bug juice? So easy and not too cute for the older crowd. I took a set of plastic toy insects (washed them first) and then dropped them into the lime soda. At first they all sunk to the bottom but after a few minutes, they rose to the top and floated just like I hoped they would. I added round printable stickers to paper party cups and a jar full of gummy frogs and worms. They really loved these!
I found these super cute FREE printable s’mores boxes from Oh Happy Day! They were my inspiration for the party and I thought they’d make the cutest favors. I packaged ingredients to make an original s’more in a plastic bag and sealed them in the boxes. Tip: I had mine printed at 200% on 11×17 cardstock to make them a little bit bigger. My original favor idea was to get each kid a hacky sack but these worked great!
When making your portable s’mores bucket, be sure to use the green ethanol burners. I found mine at Party City. After researching the difference between the chafing fuels offered in the store, I found that the only safe gel product for direct food heating is marked “ethanol” on the canister. Those marked “methanol” are not meant for direct food heating. Good thing I looked! And they were the cheaper ones to purchase so win, win!
As my son continues to get older, finding cool ways to celebrate his birthday with friends continues to present a challenge. But I do love a challenge…especially when it comes to throwing a party! Long gone are the over the top birthday parties that consume our time and our budget. And honestly, I am glad. I am finding that simpler events allow me to savor the moments a little more. I still like to put forth the effort to make it special, but it doesn’t have to consume me or my bank account. (Wink!) How are you celebrating your teen’s birthday?
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PRINTABLE PARTY SUPPLIES: LuluCole for Amy’s Party Ideas | BUG JUICE INSECTS: Amazon | ETHANOL CHAFING FUEL: Party City | FREE PRINTABLE S’MORES FAVOR BOXES: Oh Happy Day Tip: I had mine printed at 200% on 11×17 cardstock to make them a little bit bigger.