Campsite Decorating Ideas – Create the Ultimate Outdoor Paradise!

Does your campsite look blah; lacking personality, color and pizzazz? Want some campsite decorating ideas that will wow your camping crew and impress your neighbors? With just a few ways to decorate your campsite, you can transform your boring outdoor space into a fun and festive glampsite! In fact, your campsite will become the envy of the campground!

Campsite decorating has become popular amongst long term and seasonal RVers at campgrounds or RV parks everywhere. Campers just like you are looking for ways to enlarge their living space to outside their RVs.

By creating your own outdoor patio paradise, you can relax and entertain your friends and family in style. With these simple campsite decorating tips, we’ll show you how to make your camping area into soothing relaxing outdoor paradise or the best-in-show outdoor party of the campground!

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So, paradise or party, what will it be?

Let’s see what creative campsite decorating ideas we have in store. We’ll share how you can transform a boring and dirty camp space into an outdoor patio paradise that your guests will gather and you’ll never want to leave!

Campsite Mat or Outdoor Carpet

RV Outdoor Campsite Mat

A good campsite mat lays the foundation of your perfect campsite setup.

Campsites are dirty, sandy, leafy, and just plain gross. So, to mitigate tracking all of that crap into your RV or tent, an outdoor camp rug is just the ticket.

And let me tell you, they can be pretty to look at too! There’s quite a selection of different colors and designs to brighten up your campsite!

So, one of these campsite mats may fit your camping lifestyle and in keeping your outdoor space clean and tidy:

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Camp Table

Camp Tables and Camp Chair

The usual focal point of any campsite is the picnic table. It’s where we gather for meals, morning coffee chats, children’s crafts and play board games.

So, why not decorate your table with an interesting centerpiece or arrangement? (We’ll get to that later)

In addition to your camping picnic table, you’ll want some other tables to make your outdoor living space efficient and more comfortable.

Get a large camping table to set up your outdoor kitchen. It can also be used for serving dishes, snacks, condiments as well as your serving dishes and utensils. Also, add one or two small folding tables to place between your camp for drinks and snacks.

If your campsite doesn’t include a picnic table, bring your own portable camping picnic table. They are also great for a kids table. Take a look at these campsite tables!

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Campfire Chairs and Stargazing Loungers

Camp Chairs Looking Out from Tent

Camp chairs and loungers come in a variety of styles, sizes, shapes and now colors. So, another campsite decorating idea is to combine comfort with creativity with stylish camp seats. Check out each of these comfy camp chairs!

Oh and speaking of seating, nothing’s better than taking a nap under a the shade trees or lounging under the canopy of stars!

So, the Lippert zero gravity chair or NEMO Stargaze reclining camping chair are both good options for your camp setup! They’re super comfortable that you may end up dozing the whole night away in it.

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Hammocks

Girl in Hammock - Camping Hammock at Campsite

Say you don’t want to lug a big zero gravity chair around in your RV but still want to take an afternoon nap under the trees. A camping hammock may be the answer!

Now, camping hammocks come in lightweight fabrics and are super compact when they’re stored. Hammocks also come in a large variety of colors. So, you can incorporate your hammock color into your campsite decorating theme.

✰✰ CAMPING PRO TIP ✰✰  Make certain the campground allows tying or hanging anything around the trees.

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Cozy Camping Blankets

Campsite Decorating Ideas - Serape Blanket Bed

You can still enjoy your little piece of outdoor paradise on cool days without having to hibernate inside your RV. Stay warm and cozy with an outdoor blanket or Mexican serape blanket to your campsite or patio.

Not only will they keep you toasty on cool nights around the campfire or stargazing, they also make great table cloths or picnic table bench covers to keep your buns warm.

Comfy Pillows

Campsite Decorating Ideas - Outdoor Patio Pillows

Outdoor pillows are not just to look cute on your camp chairs. Pillows can also be functional! They’re great to sit on a hard picnic table bench, for lumbar support or headrest.

Pillows are also great for the kids to throw on your campsite mat (mentioned earlier) to play games or sit around the campfire.

So, get a few comfy pillows; one for each kid and a couple to dazzle up your campsite seating area.

Campsite Umbrella

Campsite Decorating Idea - Beach Umbrellas

Who said those colorful umbrellas are just for the beach? You can incorporate a bit of bright and festive flair by bringing a beach umbrella into to your campsite!

A beach umbrella serves as a great way to shade the picnic table (some have picnic tables have holes in the middle!) or over your hammock or camp chair.

And because they’re so light and versatile, you can move them wherever you need them. They compact down to a tube that can slip easily into most any compartment.

Sunshade & Windshade

Campsite Decorating - Beach Sunshade Windscreen

Similar to the beach umbrella, beach sunshades aren’t just limited to beach use. They’re absolutely perfect for creating a shady nest area over your picnic table or play area for your little campers.

Install a sunshade near the hammock or over your zero gravity chair to prevent you from getting a sunburn.

But, it can also function as a wind shade. They come in awesome lively colors that will brighten up your campsite in a quick snap like any of these three below.

Dining Canopy

A simple lightweight dining canopy can shield your picnic table from direct sun but also, anything falling from the trees above like acorns, tree sap, and leaves. A dining canopy can also create a great play space for your kids.

Outdoor Screen Tent

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When camping, it’s a given you’re going to deal with mosquitos, black flies and gnats that want to inject, bite and eat you. So, beat them at their own game by getting an outdoor screen tent.

But typical screen rooms, also known as screen tents or dining tents, are an ugly color and shape. But if you tastefully decorate it using fancy lights with pennants and garlands, it won’t look so obtrusive.

These three are absolutely perfect for creating an outdoor workspace or office or even just a place to relax yet be out of the elements!

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Campsite Party Lights

Italian Cafe Party Lights in Trees at Campsite

Lighting is one of the easiest ways to decorate your campsite because different sources of light creates amazing ambiance.

You can use small solar power pathway lights to light your way to your RV door. Or, you go all out with decorating your campsite like Las Vegas with lights galore!

Personally, I absolutely LOVE our solar tiki torches because we don’t have to worry about carrying flammable fuel and sooty torches.

OH, and, fairy lights are all the rage because they’re unobtrusive and fun to look at as they sparkle.

We found canning jar solar fairy lights that we just screw on small crystal jelly jars. We place them all around our RV or walkways for ambiance and to light our path.

We also love our solar white string patio lights because they don’t take expensive batteries to light up our campsite. Plus, they come with a remote so we can extinguish them when we want to look up at the stars or go inside for the night.

And lastly, we use rope lights under our rig when we’re camping in areas of high rodent population. Check out these other campsite lighting options:

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Pennants, Streamers & Garlands

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You don’t need a celebratory reason to add some colorful fun to your outdoor camping space.

Decorate your campsite with solid colors, festive patterns or even themed pennants, streamers and garlands. You can decorate your campsite with pennants for a fun circus, race day or party theme!

Flags, Windsocks, Spinners & Signs

Add a little personalization to your campsite decor with a cool campsite sign. They are fun identifiers to show which campsite is yours. Our personal favorites are:

Garden flags are all the rage too. They’re lightweight, easily changeable and take up no space to store. You can decorate your campsite with fun camping flags like these three below:

You may also want to get a personalized garden flag with your name and favorite design or motif. Oh, and don’t forget to get your collapsible garden flag holder.

And windsocks and spinners are also the rage as they flail in the wind with color and vibrance! We’ve seen them hanging off of the RV awning, lantern pole, motorhome mirrors and even the fifth wheel king pin.

Just a side note, if you’re planning on going to the Albuquerque Balloon Fest, be ready to decorate your campsite with fun hot air balloon spinners!

Plants & Flowers

Patriotic Flowers American Flag on Camping Table Near Tent at Campsite

It’s a given that lowers will make your campsite pop with happiness. You can do so much with just a single vase of flowers making it a focal point of your campsite decorations.

So, you’ve set out your tablecloth on your camp tables, why not add some little colorful flowers or plants?

You can never go wrong with bright colorful gerber daisies or bouquets of white daisies or sunflowers. They go with any decor theme from farm house to beach house and everything in between.

We’ve seen some campers hang colorful hanging baskets from their awnings to decorate their campsite too!

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Tablecloth or Table Cover

Campsite Decorating Idea - Serape Blanket Used As Tablecloth

I’m sure you’ve seen photos of people cleaning their sewer hose on the picnic table? Or how about other campers letting their dog or cat planting their chocolate starfish right where you set your plate?

It’s hard not to notice how nasty most campground picnic tables are. Most are splintering, cracked or just plain gross. Who knows what’s lurking on their surfaces.

So, an outdoor table cloth is an absolute must at any campsite! I prefer using a washable outdoor table cloth to lay out on your tables or ones made of vinyl.

Oh, and don’t forget the picnic table clips! You’ll need them to keep your tablecloth from blowing off on windy days. Check out some of our favorite campsite tablecloths:

Tableware

Just because you’re camping doesn’t mean you have to use boring paper plates. Instead, treat yourself and your family like you’re at a patio party with inexpensive, unbreakable dinnerware.

Use your plates and bowls as accents to all of your other campsite decorations. Make your dinnerware festive with lots of color and fun patterns. Here are some of our lunch and dinnerware to decorate your campsite table!

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Outdoor Beverage Dispenser

Berkey Water Filter System - Girl Filling Water Glass

Keeping a large unbreakable drink dispenser out on your picnic table or camp table keeps to keep the kids from running in and out of your RV just for a drink.

But you can make it more fun with an eye-catching  drink dispenser to add some bright and cheery festive decor and yes, thirst quenching too!.

Also, add a little fruit to a clear drink dispenser and you have a gorgeous addition to your campsite decorating theme.

These three drink dispensers below are lightweight and unbreakable which make them perfect for RV living and camping. Enlarge the photos to see sizing and if they fit in your campsite decorating theme.

And remember, depending on what side you get, you can always put your Big Berkey or Travel Berkey out on your camping table! Nothing like clean, purified water to fill the kid’s water bottles instead of running in and out of the camper!

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Around the Campfire

Man Tending Campfire Near Tent at Campsite - Propane Fire Pit

Camping is all about the ambiance of the campfire, storytelling and stargazing. But, what if the campground doesn’t have fire pits? That’s easy, just bring your own! Just make certain your campground allows them.

There are two types of fire pits; wood burning and propane.

For a sensible wood burning fire pit , get a Solo Stove as it’s virtually smokeless and burns hotter to keep your fingers and toesies toasty. They are more geared for big rig RVs that can afford the storage space. Or, they’re perfect for seasonal or permanent campsites. 

However, a portable propane fire pit can be set up anywhere without worry of setting the woods on fire because there are no burning embers or sparks.

Our two favorite propane fire pits are the Little Red Campfire which we keep in our Winnebago View. It’s the perfect size propane fire pit for small RVs and Vans. We use it in conjunction with our 5# propane tank which costs literally pennies to use.

Our second favorite propane fire pit is the Outland Fire Bowl. It fit perfectly in our fifth wheel storage compartment under our coach. It takes a 20# propane tank; the same one you use with your barbecue grill.

Also, it’s also a smart idea to place a fire retardant mat fire pit over your outdoor carpet as the heat or embers could melt or burn what’s under your fire pit.

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Outdoor Movie Theater

Campsite Decorating Idea - Outdoor Movie

Okay, so with all of the above, we’ve created the perfect ambiance with all the campsite decoration ideas laid out for you.

We think you’ll agree, the best parts of camping is the campfire, looking up at the stars and enjoying the camping vibe.

But, wouldn’t it be cool to watch the silver screen outdoors too?! Did you  know you can create your own outdoor movie theater right at your campsite?

While keeping the your campfire aglow, you can flick on your outdoor movie projector onto the movie screen and let the show begin! If you have a good signal on your Starlink or WiFi hotspot or jetpack, you’ll be at the best movie theater in the world.

Now, what’s movie without popcorn? You could make your popcorn 5 different ways! Yep, you read that right! FIVE ways to make popcorn while you’re camping!

Sometimes we will make Jiffy Pop over our camp stoveOr, we’ll make some campfire popcorn.

But for those who don’t mind using up their batteries, you could make microwave popcorn but to me, that’s not the healthiest. So, why not try your hand at making popcorn in a BPA-free microwavable silicone popcorn popper! It’s camper friendly because it’s unbreakable and collapsible too! Plus, it comes in about 10 different colors so each camper can have their own color!

Or, you can just plug in a popcorn popper into your electrical outlet and pop away until your little camper heart’s desire!

Whichever you choose, your campsite will be where everyone wants to be!

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Wrapping up

We hope you enjoyed these awesome campsite decorating ideas and camping tips. Go ahead! Take these tips and decorate your campsite! Make it your own outdoor paradise for you, your family and your camping guests!

By decorating your campsite, you’re making it comfortable, festive and fun. I promise they’ll want to camp s’more and even bring their friends!

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3 Replies to “Campsite Decorating Ideas – Create the Ultimate Outdoor Paradise!”

  1. For me, camping is about stripping away all the “stuff” and getting back to the basics. Having a movie theatre on your site is not only ridiculous but rude to other campers nearby. It’s so sad how commercialized simple camping has become. But I’m sure you will make a couple bucks from the links you posted because that is all these suggestions are really for anyway… that, and a fine way to ruin camping.

    1. Hi Lily, thank you for taking the time to read our Campsite to Glampsite article. An thank you for your input. Everyone’s definition of camping and fun differs from others. Also, please realize a lot of people are now full-time RVing. So asking them to give up ‘living’ to appease others isn’t the answer (politely, of course). That said, all of our suggestions should be taken and given with discretion and understanding. As long as campground rules are adhered to, I see no problem with a family enjoying an outdoor movie or playing flashlight tag during regular hours as long as they’re not obnoxious about it. Even ‘we’ had to learn to give a little as we tool, prefer quieter settings. But, camping is about bringing families and friends together. We’ve found if we want quieter experiences, we seek venues that offer that. We hope our explanation helps. Travel safe and be well. -Lisa

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