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Planning the Perfect Glamping Staycation

When my kids started asking me about going on a camping trip, a light went off in my head. Why not have a camping staycation at home, without the mosquito repellent and outdoor bathrooms? I think my kids were more enamored with the idea of a tent than the actual concept of camping, and this way we would have all the comforts of home.

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Vera Neumann tablecloth $24.99 (compare at $60.00)

First things first, we needed a tent. The key to a card table tent is that you want your sheet/blanket/tablecloth larger than your card table. I chose a groovy 60s-inspired Vera Neumann tablecloth. Once you have chosen your fabric, drape it over the card table to make a small, encapsulated room. You can leave the edges as is, or you can make cute little pleats like I did. I folded my edges as if I were wrapping a gift and added a clothespin to hold everything together.

Once your tent is made, it’s time to fill it up and place it somewhere your kids will want to hang out. A small light, comfy pillows, crafts and healthy snacks kept my kids busy for hours!

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Omega wide-mouth juicer $69.99 (compare at $149.99)

Thanks to my Omega wide-mouth juicer, I have long been a believer that my kids will eat almost anything, including spinach, if it’s frozen into popsicle form. Juicers are great for making popsicle juice because they remove the pulp and texture that can sometimes turn kids off of healthy smoothie drinks. I recommend using a lot of fruit to tone down the vegetable flavor. Another suggestion is to use dark-colored fruits like blueberries to disguise the green color. I’m a fan of purple kale because kale is not as strong tasting as a lot of other veggies, and it’s already purple! All that’s left to do is freeze your fruit and veggie mixture into popsicle form!

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Once your popsicles are frozen, serve them and then sit back and pat yourself on the back —you managed to get a serving of veggies into your kids’ diets! S’mores would have been more like actual camping, but beets and purple kale are more like a glamping staycation. Maybe next time I’ll offer cucumber-infused water and massages.

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Craft kits $1.99 (compare at $4.99)

Now that the kids are fed, it’s time to keep them occupied. Small craft kits are a perfect glamping activity. Everything that’s needed to complete an entire activity is included in these types of kits, along with easy-to-follow instructions.

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My daughter loved sitting in the tent stringing beads, doing scratch art and making sticker mosaics. She displayed her art in the tent when she was finished.

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Someday I will take the kids camping, but in the meantime, they are beyond thrilled about their glamping staycation in the living room.

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Jennifer Perkins

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Blog: Jennifer Perkins

My home Tuesday Morning location: Burnet Road in Austin, Texas

My favorite Tuesday Morning department: I’m pretty smitten on the seasonal décor and craft departments.

A little about me: I dabble in all things DIY. Lucky for me, Tuesday Morning does, too. I’m a crafter at heart. I have written and published books on jewelry-making, hosted TV shows about crafting and run a successful DIY company that has been featured everywhere from Marie Claire to The Wall Street Journal. I love to cook, craft, decorate, plan parties — you name it, if it involves paint or glue, I’m in.

What I love to write about: I want to share my love of DIY with the world. I’m constantly writing about the parties I’m throwing, the crafts I’m doing with my kids or my latest home décor project. I get bored easily and tend to flip-flop my passions, but they all have a crafty slant.

I blame this craft addiction on my mother, who took me to my first Tuesday Morning. I am passing this vice onto my children. They love all the craft kits for kids in the toy department. I love the craft department. Whether I need yarn for weaving wall hangings or am in the mood to scrapbook, Tuesday Morning has me covered.

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5 Comments

  1. Reply Janet len

    Adorable and clever. Thanks for the inspiration

  2. Reply Eileen

    What is glamping? Never heard of it. Glam camping?

    • Tuesday Morning
      Reply Tuesday Morning

      Hi Eileen,

      You are correct! Glamping is glamorous camping. It’s a way to experience the great outdoors without having to ‘rough it’.

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