An army party is sure to be a winner with any little boy who is into action figures or for older boys who may envision a military career in their future. You can purchase most supplies for an army themed party at party stores, but it is often less expensive to do it yourself.
Homemade army party invitations leave a lot of room for creativity. You can use camouflage paper, or print cards with army clip art that you can find for free on the Internet. Even plain tan or green construction paper or cards will work well for this purpose. When designing the invitations, you can address them to each guest by labelling the outside as "Official orders" and stating that they have been drafted on the inside, including the time and date that they need to "report" to the party. Or use any other military like phrasing to word them.
When decorating with an army theme in mind, do go overboard on camouflage. Drape the walls of the room with it, or set up tents in the yard by covering them in camouflage material. Check with your local army recruiters office to see about obtaining cardboard, life-size soldiers or other army posters and decorations. They may even be willing to give you some pens, mugs and other items for gift bags. Use American flags as well in your decorating, such as lining the walkway up to the party with flags or hanging them on walls. Place any army related items around the party area, such as toy guns, helmets and binoculars.
Give each child army-based accessories as the enter the party, or have face paints on hand to put on their war paint as they arrive. Play a game of pin the medal on the soldier by hanging a poster or large picture of an army soldier and placing double-sided tape on the back of laminated pictures of army medals. After blindfolding each child, spin them around and let them try to pin the medal on the soldiers chest. Play an adapted version of hot potato with hot grenade. Fill a camouflage or green balloon with water and place the children in a circle. Have them pass the balloon around quickly as if it is a grenade. The game is over when the balloon breaks.
For a simple army themed cake, bake a regular sheet cake and frost it with green and brown frosting. Swirl it around to create a camouflage look and top it with small plastic soldiers or army vehicles. For the ultimate army party meal, order MRE's, or ready-to-eat meals, from an army surplus store to serve to your guests. If that is not an option, serve foods such as hot dogs and chips in a tent so that it resembles a mess hall. For drinks, freeze raisins in ice cubes to resemble flies and place them in glasses of lemonade that has a few drops of green food colouring added. Serve this swamp water to guests.
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