The Navy conjures up some distinct imagery, such as ships, anchors and sailors. A 40th birthday celebration with a naval theme can use these images to create an enjoyable and memorable party. Because the party is for an adult, you will want to make the theme sophisticated rather than cute and childish.
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Naval-theme invitations can take on a variety of looks. Cut an anchor out of white card stock and mount it on blue card stock. Write the party information on the back of the invitation. Tie a white or red, white and blue ribbon to the top of the invitation. Hang an anchor charm from the ribbon to add a sophisticated touch. Another idea is to take a plain blue piece of card stock and mount a white piece of paper, with the party information printed on it, onto the card stock. This is a minimalistic and elegant invitation.
Consider decorating in red, white and blue. Floral arrangements in these colours make appropriate centrepieces. Tuck a U.S. flag into the arrangements for added visual interest. Large cardboard anchors hanging on the walls and pictures of Navy ships in frames on tables are further naval-theme decorations. Make a bouquet of 40 red, white and blue balloons to celebrate a 40th birthday. If the birthday girl is in or retired from the Navy, display a picture of her in uniform near the guest book.
A 40th birthday cake can take on a naval theme in several ways. If the birthday boy has spent time in the Navy, have a picture of his ship drawn on the birthday cake. An anchor-shaped cake or one that features an anchor is another idea. A sheet cake frosted in blue can be turned into a naval-theme cake by adding some small Navy ship figures. These figures can be found at toy and dollar stores.
Small truffle boxes filled with chocolates and tied with a blue ribbon make appropriate naval-theme favours. Alternatively, use ocean-theme favours such as candies in the shape of seashells. Wrap the shells in navy blue tulle and tie with a white satin ribbon. You can add an anchor or seashell charm to the ribbon for an added visual element.
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