Tailoring a birthday party's theme to celebrate the hobbies and interests of the guest of honour is a time-honoured way of showing you care. For the hunter in your life, the task gets more formidable, as the offerings for hunting-themed party accessories are not extensive. With a little imagination and an understanding of the hunt, ideas for decorating a fun hunting-themed birthday party can focus on the experience of being a hunter.
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Find out what is in season for hunting in your area such as deer, bear, duck or rabbit, and bring the season to the party. Make a sign with a picture of the prey and "In Season, in Honor of" with the guest of honor's name written underneath. Select the colours to reflect the animal's colouring and the colours hunters wear when hunting the animal. The cake should feature the in-season prey as well. Use tablecloths and linens made out of materials and patterns used in a hunter's garb, such as camouflaged canvas and khaki. Get lifelike stuffed animal toys from a hunting shop to create a display area of the in-season prey, setting the animals up as they would be seen in the wild.
Make the party personal by making the party an homage to your favourite hunter, the birthday boy. Display photos of the guest of honour with his various kills and the details of the prey or the hunt underneath each photo. If the guest of honour is a hunter of a variety of animals, have sections of the party area dedicated to each type of animal, including stats and dates on the biggest or most numerous kills. If the hunter has stuffed trophies, incorporate them into the display. Another option is to rent stuffed animals from a taxidermist to use as the central items in the displays.
Create a true hunting party by making an environment that invokes the feel of the hunt. Build a faux hunting blind for the food area, using the guest of honor's favourite prey as inspiration for the type of blind, which will dictate the types of materials used. Use the type of foliage found in the prey's natural environment on tables and other surfaces to create ambience. Consider the time of day when the guest of honour hunts her favourite prey, and use it to further the theme. If the hunter hunts when it is dark outside, dim the lights and use candles or camping lanterns as decorative lighting. Have the guests pour their beverages from canteens or skins to enhance the hunting mood.
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