Military table decorating ideas

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Military table decorating ideas
Decorating with medals and other awards is one idea for your table. (Jeffrey Coolidge/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Celebrating a special occasion for a military man or woman is natural. He served his country and protected his friends and relatives, so the least you can do is go all out for the event. Decorating for the party includes decorating the table, which doesn't require much more than the right tablecloth and a few other items to create an enjoyable and individually decorated military table.

Camouflage Table Decorating

Decorate the table in shades of khaki and brown to mimic the look of desert camouflage. Party supply stores often sell camouflage tablecloths or tablecloths printed with this design. Opt for plastic tablecloths if you're on a budget because these are fairly cheap and can be thrown away after the party. For a more upscale look, use camouflage fabric cut to the right size and shape for your tables. Use platters and bowls in similar shades that won't detract from the look of the table. Add a few plastic action figures or plastic army men, and line the figures around the bowls and other accessories on the table. If you're throwing a winter party, use shades of white and grey and option for the winter camouflage look.

Patriotic Table Decorating

Few colours are easier or more simple to decorate with than red, white and blue. Recycle Fourth of July decorations or use new pieces in the same shades. Make one shade the primary colour, and use the other colours as accent pieces. For example, use a bright red tablecloth, but use blue and white bowls on top. Add star-shaped baskets or platters to the table. Make centrepieces of the table from noisemakers and other items in the same colours. Even using metallic red, white and blue pom-poms add to the festivities when placed inside a large glass jar or a shallow bowl.

Military Decorating

Make the military personnel the centrepiece of the table by using a photograph of the individual in his uniform. Arrange your bowls, platters and other serving dishes around the photos, and place your utensils, plates and napkins at one end. Fill in the surrounding space with any awards, honours or achievements the individual received. If you're worried about the pieces becoming dirty or stained, store them in shadowboxes. Lay the shadowboxes flat on the table or set them on a plate stand and display them upright. Add a few awards from other military personnel in the family to recognise the individual's heritage.

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