Going Away Party Ideas for Someone Leaving for the Military

Updated April 17, 2017

If your loved one or friend is leaving for military service, celebrate the person's upcoming departure by planning a fun and meaningful going-away party. When planning the party, choose a theme and menu that appeals to the guest of honour as well as the guests.

Military in Movies Theme

If the guest of honour enjoys military-themed movies, you can host a movie night and show war-related films such as Band of Brothers, Saving Private Ryan, Forrest Gump, Glory, and Letters from Iwo Jima. Place a patriotic-themed tablecloth over the dining room table along with some camouflage-coloured paper plates, napkins or plastic cups. For the food, prepare popular American meals such as fried chicken, barbecued ribs, baked beans or potato salad along with the drinks.

Old School Hip-Hop Party

For the person who loves old-school hip-hop music, have a party and ask the younger relatives to dress in 1980s and 1990s hip-hop clothing. Get a relative to bring a few vinyl records or CDs to play. Make it even more fun by having a few dance contests where the guests compete for small prizes.

Louisiana-Themed Party

If you and the guest of honour live in Louisiana, throw a Cajun-themed going away party. Prepare dishes such as crayfish and andouille jambalaya, seafood gumbo, pralines, red beans and rice or meat pies. Play some traditional zydeco music, New Orleans-based R&B and jazz artists such as Dr. John and the Neville Brothers. Decorate the table with some old Mardi Gras beads, coloured tablecloth and childhood pictures of the guest of honour.

1960s and 1970s Throwback Theme

If the guest of honour grew up during the 1960s and 1970s, throw a party that's centred on these two decades. Play some music in various genres such as pop and rock. Play trivia games to test partygoers' knowledge of major events such as the civil rights movement, the rise of British rock musicians, and the Vietnam War.

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