Army Birthday Parties -- The Perfect Choice For A Little Soldier's Birthday!
Fun And Fabulous Army Birthday Parties Ideas
To Help You Plan The Perfect Birthday Bootcamp!
What kid doesn't enjoy playing army? I know my son has spent countless hours playing with his little green men and pretending to take the hill against the enemy.
When it's time to start thinking about birthday party ideas, if you happen to have an army-lovin' kid, you might want to consider a fun camouflage party. This theme is sure to help you create party success and you'll be promoted to 4-star general in your son's eyes!
To help you plan a military theme party, I've put together lots of ideas for invites, army decor, party food, favors, and fun games that are sure to keep your troops entertained.
First of all, you'll need to decide create a jungle, barracks, or boot camp complete with an appropriate atmosphere and activities to compliment your theme. Any of these are perfect for your boys who still love to play with action figures or for your older boys who are looking for a little more hands-on, high-action party.
To help get you started, I've put together some fun army theme party ideas that are sure to help turn your child's birthday party into a Great Adventure.
ARMY BIRTHDAY PARTIES - IDEAS FOR INVITATIONS
- Take an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of camouflage scrapbook paper and cut it into two pieces that are 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". Print out your party details on tan paper that is slightly smaller than you camouflage paper and glue to the center of the camo paper. Add a sticker of a tank or airplane on one of the corners of the invite, along with sealing the camouflage-trimmed envelope with an appropriate army sticker.
IN-PERSON SOLDIER INVITES
- Mom, Dad, a drama student, or a professional hire will go to each of your child's guests' homes dressed in full army soldier attire and personally invite each of your child's guests to the birthday party. The soldier could "bark" out the invite. Something like:
"Private Bob! You have been recruited by Sergeant Joe Kendall to his Army Birthday Party. You are hereby ordered to appear on (Date) at 1400 hours. Report to Camp Kendall." Ultimately, the soldier will hand each guest a personal invitation to the party.
IN-PERSON UNCLE SAM INVITES
- Once again, Mom, Dad, a drama student, or a professional hire will go to each of your child's guests' homes dressed in an Uncle Sam costume and personally invite each of your child's guests to the birthday party. Uncle Sam, while pointing his finger at the child, could say something like:
"Joe Kendell wants YOU to come to his party! It is your duty as one of Joe's best friends to make it a priority in your life to attend this once in a lifetime party. Ultimately, Uncle Sam will hand each guest a personal invite to the party.
ARMY POSTCARD INVITES
- Put your party details on the back of army postcards and mail them to your guests.
ARMY BIRTHDAY PARTIES - PARACHUTE INVITATIONS
- Get the old-fashioned plastic parachute Army men that have the parachute that opens up attached to their backs. Write all of your party info on the parachute using a permanent marker. Fold it back up and mail or hand-deliver to your guests.
UNCLE SAM INVITES
- Download a picture of Uncle Sam in his traditional pointing pose onto a piece of cardstock and put above or below the picture, "I Want You At My Army Party!" On the inside, put all of your party details.
DOG TAG INVITES
- Cut oversized dog-tag shape out of silver cardstock and put "Operation Birthday FUN! on the front and the party details on the back. Put a small hole in the top and run a string through the hole.
Suggested Wording For Army Invites:
You are hereby summoned to participate in a top-secret birthday mission OR
We are on a mission to celebrate (Name's) birthday.
Private (birthday child's name) is turning (age) years old.
Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to help celebrate Private (name's) birthday with enthusiasm, vim, and vigor!
Base: The (Last name) Army Base
RSVP To: (Name), Base Commanding Officer @ (Phone #)
Dress Code: Wear military attire and be prepared to get dirty!
Official Orders For Private (Guest's Name)
You've Been Drafted!
Report for duty on (Date) at 1300 hours (1:00 p.m.)
Report to Camp (last name) located at (address)
RSVP To: Recruiting Officer (Name) @ (Phone #)
Dress Code: Military attire optional. Get ready to get dirty!
Write "TOP SECRET" on the outside of the envelopes and add some army-theme stickers.
ARMY BIRTHDAY PARTIES - IDEAS FOR COSTUMES
Ask your guests to wear army attire such as army green or camouflage t-shirts, camouflage fatigues, khaki or army green pants, etc. In the alternative, you could ask guests to all wear jeans and give them t-shirts that say (Last Name) Boot Camp Birthday Party.
Another option you might consider is having art students at a face-painting table. As guests arrive, your budding artists could create camo-type face painting.
For some more army costume ideas for your army birthday parties, check out our ARMY COSTUME
photos and how-to tips. They are nothing less than fun and fabulous!
ARMY BIRTHDAY PARTIES - IDEAS FOR DECORATIONS
Create an Army base, Barracks, Mess Hall, or jungle atmosphere using army green, tan, brown, and black. You can also add a bit of good ole' American patriotism with some red, white, and blue decorations. Here are some Army birthday parties ideas to help you create your party atmosphere:
- Check with your local army recruiting office and see if they have any army-related items that they might be willing to either loan or give you, especially army posters and any 6' cardboard soldiers that you could place at your doorway or in your yard to greet your guests.
- Make multi-colored string of felt pennant flags using the various camo colors and hang along the eves of your home. You can also attach these flags to wood stakes and line your walkway.
- Green Camouflage Netting would be perfect for covering various surfaces and giving them an instant Army facelift.
- Line your walkway with American flags on yard stakes or red, white, and blue balloons on yard stakes.
- Put a sign on your front door that says something like, "Welcome To Camp (Last name)" or "Welcome to the (Last Name) Base".
- Set up two large tents to create the Barracks and Mess Hall.
- If you don't have access to any tents, you could opt to hang camouflage fabrics on the walls of the party room.
- To give an area a feeling of the jungle, add lots of tall potted tropical trees or silk plants around the party room.
- Hang military-related posters on your party room walls or tent walls.
- Cover the ceiling with camo-colored twisted streamers. Another idea is to use hang twisted streamers in all of the various camo colors on the ceiling, alternating the colors as you go along.
- Place clusters of balloons in various camo colors around the corners of the room.
- Decorate surfaces with any army-related items like army boots, helmets, canteens, binoculars, etc.
Here are some more decorating ideas that will be great for your army birthday parties:
ARMY BIRTHDAY PARTIES - IDEAS FOR GAMES & ACTIVITIES
- Hang a camouflage birthday banner over the gift table.
- Hang an American flag on your main party room wall.
- Tie army mylar balloons to the birthday child's chair and helium balloons in camo colors to the other guests' chairs.
- Cover your tables with camo fabric or a tablecloth in one of the camo colors and create camo fabric placemats.
- Another table covering option is using canvas, tarps, or netting.
- Create a fun centerpiece using a plastic army helmet. Weight it down with a Ziploc bag filled with dry beans. Place a piece of florist foam in the bottom of the helmet as your base. Arrange balloons, shred, tie multiple strands of curling ribbons to sticks and insert into the foam. Add some camo party horns and blowers. Fill in the top of the container with crumpled, camo printed tissue.
- If you can get your hands on some canvas cots, they would be perfect for your seating.
- If you don't have a tent for a Mess Hall, then opt for using a canvas tarp to shade the food area, cuz' Army birthday parties gotta have a fun themed food area.
- Create some Army-related signs and hang them on the walls. They could say things like "Company March!!!", "Top Secret", "Left, Left, Left, Right Left", "You've Been Drafted", "Mess Hall", etc.
- Hang camo-colored streamers in all your archways and doorways.
- Attach camo-colored balloons to your mailbox, hang from a tree, or tie to your car antenna to shout out to your guests the location of the party.
When it comes time to entertain the troops, you'll want to be sure to plan plenty of Army Party Games and Activities
so you can keep the fun flowing. To help you out, I've put together some great options that work really well for an army camouflage party. Click on the above link to find out how to gear up so your troops can play the following army games:
ARMY BIRTHDAY PARTIES - PARTY FOOD IDEAS
- Rope Climb Competition
- Hot Grenade
- Rescue Mission
- Obstacle Course
- Arm Wrestling
- Hidden Army Man
- Water War
- Target Shooting
- Super Soaker Field Training
- Bombs Away
Once your troops have worked up an appetite, you gotta be sure to have plenty of army grub on hand. Here are some great ideas that you might want to consider serving at your Army birthday parties:
- Small corn on the cob (grenades)
- Hot dogs on a stick
- Corn Dogs wrapped in foil
- Kraft dinner or your favorite Macaroni & Cheese
- Spaghetti & Meatballs
- Meatballs (cannon balls) and mashed potatoes
- Chicken nuggets
ARMY BIRTHDAY PARTIES - IDEAS FOR CAKES
- Put various chips, crackers, and cookies in upside down Army helmets.
- Veggies and Ranch Dip
- Fruit chunks and whip cream
- Serve lemonade, juice, soft drinks, Gatorade, or Powerade in canteens.
- Swamp Water - Put a raisins into ice cube trays and add water. Serve with apple juice, Sprite, or lemonade that has a few drops of green food coloring added to create the "swamp" water.
Army birthday parties just naturally lend themselves to several options for a birthday cake. Depending upon the amount of time you have to devote to making a cake, or perhaps you might want to opt to order one, here are some ideas to get you thinking:
- Box cake
- Regular Icing
- Mini Chocolate donuts
- Cereal Straw
Bake your choice of box cake, I used a marble cake mix and dyed part green, chocolate brown and regular cake mix so that the inside of the cake was camo as well. (3 boxes; 2 9X13; 1 8X8 cake pan)
Using regular icing, I put both 9X13 cakes together and the 8X8 on top of that. I then mixed the remaining icing with dye until I found the color I wanted, I used a green, tan, and brown (chocolate icing). I then cut the cake to the shape of the Military Vehicle LAV. Then I used the back of a spoon to help create the random shape of camo all over the cake in the different shade icing.
To finish it off, I put a Marine toy of my son's in the top and a brown cereal straw out the front and mini chocolate donuts on the sides as the wheels to the vehicle...and your done!
- Make or buy cupcakes and frost them with tan, green, brown, and black frosting in a camouflage fashion. Place a plastic army soldier on the top of each cupcake.
ARMY SHEET CAKE
- Make or buy a sheet cake and frost it in a camouflage fashion using black, brown, green, and tan frosting. Decorate it with an Army cake topper or create a battle scene using plastic Army men, tanks, and trucks.
- Bake your cake in a circular pan. After it has cooled, cut off a strip from two of the sides to make your cake oval shaped. In the alternative, if you have an oval pan, just bake your cake in this pan and skip the above. Frost your cake in Army green and using Decorator Icing, draw the crosshatch pattern on the grenade.
AMERICAN FLAG CAKE
- Make or buy 18 cupcakes. Frost 6 blue, 9 white, and 9 red. Going from top to bottom, make four rows of cupcakes as follows to create your flag:
- 1st Row - 3 blue and 3 white
- 2nd Row - 3 blue and 3 red
- 3rd Row - 6 white
- 4th Row - 6 red
Place red, white, and blue star picks in the center of each cupcake. If you need more than 18 cupcakes, then just double the recipe and you're flag will be twice the size!
AMERICAN FLAG CUPCAKES
- Make or buy cupcakes and frost them white. Add an American Flag pick in the center of each cupcake or make an American Flag out of fondant and lay on top of each cupcake.
ARMY PHOTO CAKE
- Take a picture of your child in their Army attire and have a bakery put it on the cake.
Here's some great cake photos of AIRCRAFT CARRIER CAKE
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Here's some great cake photos of GUN CAKE
Here's some great cake photos of HELICOPTER CAKES
Here's some great cake photos of TANK CAKES
ARMY BIRTHDAY PARTIES - IDEAS FOR FAVORS
Army birthday parties just aren't complete without Army-themed favors. A fun and easy idea is to fill camouflage printed bags, clear bags decorated with Army stickers, or a camouflage helmet with any combination of the following party favors:
- Camouflage pencils and notepad
- Water guns
- Glider planes
- Mini flashlights
- Mini binoculars
- Army green t-shirts
- Parachute men
- Glow sticks
- Army men
If you opted to use bags, you can tie them up with dog tags. This will not only provide one additional army favor, but will also add a little more army theme decor on the bags.
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