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Army Birthday Party Ideas

Updated on November 9, 2014

Boys (and Girls) love Army Parties!

My son loves all things military, so we decided to have an Army party to celebrate his eighth birthday. A military birthday party is a fun and easy party to throw. With a few boys (or girls), some "boot camp" training and a little bit of rough and tumble, you too can throw an easy party that the kids will all be talking about. It's a great do-it-yourself party that doesn't require too much work. As each boy arrived at the party, we outfitted him with an Army helmet and a dog tag. We also invited the boys to wear any camouflage clothes they had to the party. Read on to find ideas for an Army cake, military games and activities to keep your party guest busy and great ideas for party favors.

Give each guest their own army helmet to wear during the party!

12 Camouflage Army Hats
12 Camouflage Army Hats

We passed out the Army Helmets as the boys came into the party. They wore them the whole time and then could take them home. The kids loved these party favors!


Make an Awesome Tank Birthday Cake

It is very simple to make a tank birthday cake. You need to bake one caje in a 9x13 pan and another one in a in a loaf pan. Allow both cakes to cool. When they are cool, center the loaf cake on top of the rectangular cake. Then ice the cake with brown and green frosting. I used canned chocolate icing for the brown frosting. For the green frosting, I used vanilla or white icing and I mixed green and yellow food coloring into it until I got the right color. I used a cereal straw covered in icing as the gun. For the treads--use oreos as the wheels and pieces of Hershey's chocolate bars for the treads. This cake was so simple to make and everyone loved it. I topped the cake with a plastic army man.

Boys (and Girls) Love the Military

Wouldn't this be a great birthday party for your kid?

Easy Activities and Games

Here are some suggestions for games that you can play during the party:

Army Drills (jumping jacks, push ups, running in place)

Soldier Says (play this just like Simon Says)

Paper Airplane Contest (make paper airplanes then have a contest to see which plane will fly the fartherest)

Obstacle Course (Set up a board to walk over, hula hoops to jump through, rope to climb under or over, cones to military crawl around, a nylon tube to crawl through--the possibilities are endless.)

Pin the medal on the soldier (See the picture and description below)

Bomb Pop (Blow up black balloons with a piece of candy inside of them. The party guests sit on the balloons and pop them. The get to keep the treat inside balloon)

Rescue MIA soldiers (Do this like an Easter egg hunt--hide plastic army men and have each boy find 6--then send home the army men in your party favor bags.)

Water gun battle (You can have a water gun battle if the weather is warm enough. Or in colder weather, party guests can use water guns to shoot over plastic army men. I lined my army men up on the porch and the kids could shoot them over. Then send the water guns home as a party favor.)

Target Practice (Make a simple bean bag toss game by drawing an army tank w/ holes cut into it onto a piece of posterboard. Then attach the posterboard tank onto a cardboard box or drying rack.)

Parachute drop (Have guests drop plastic paratroopers from atop a stool onto target.)

Tug of war

Army pinata

Plastic Action Paratroopers (1 dz) [Toy] by Fun Express
Plastic Action Paratroopers (1 dz) [Toy] by Fun Express

We used paratroopers for the paratrooper game described above. Kids stand on the kitchen stool and drop their paratrooper onto a target. Also great for those houses with an open staircase above a room--have the kids drop them over the stairwell onto a target you draw on posterboard. Use them for the game, then send them home as a favor!


Pin the medal on the soldier

This game is easy to make! I drew a soldier on a piece of posterboard and cut medals from scrapbooking paper. Put a ball of tape on the back of each medal, find a bandana to use as a blindfold and you're good to go!

Water Gun Battle

My son's party was in mid-November. By then it was a little cold to play with water guns. So as an alternative, I set up lots of plastic army men on the front step and lined the boys up to shoot them over with their water guns. Then the water guns became one of the party favors.

Tank Target Practice

Make your own games and save money! I drew a simple tank on posterboard and cut several holes into it. I made bean bags with squares of felt that I hot glued together and filled with dried beans. I taped up the tank on my wooden drying rank and had a cheap, fun game!

Army Pinata!

Great party favor bags!

Camouflage Drawstring Bags - 1 Dozen
Camouflage Drawstring Bags - 1 Dozen

These bags are the perfect party favor bags for your military party. You can fill them with camo pencils and stickers and other great army party favors. You can often find military themed party favors at the Dollar store and websites such as Oriental Trading.


All the Soldiers Had a Great Time!

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      Takkhis 5 years ago

      It is a fun birthday party idea :)

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      Nightcat 5 years ago

      What an awesome idea, Blessed! :)

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      What a unique party idea!

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      So many kids love this theme.

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      BelleBanks 5 years ago

      My son would love an Army birthday party. Creative ideas :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a great idea for a party! I love the games you came up with, particularly pin the medal on the soldier. Great job with the cake, too!

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      antoniow 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens, great job! Squidlike!

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      Shelly Sellers 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I love the photos of the boys dressed up in military and camo clothes!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. Busy with my 6 year olds army party and you gave me some nice, easy ideas.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      thanks for the interesting party idea

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      Herman IV 6 years ago

      Great lens. We're planning my son's army party now! Loved the ideas for some of the games. Thank you.

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      spartakct 6 years ago

      Nice lens!

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      Wow ... love that army pinata!

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      dorina777 6 years ago

      Very nice. I like the tank cake. I believe the kids will like the activities you've listed here. Thanks!

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      thank you for sharing this lens. i am pretty sure that children will love the army birthday party. it's one-of-a-kind. slumber party was yesterday.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Sounds like a super cool idea for a birthday party! Loved the tank cake and maybe I'll get to eat it too! :)

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      iijuan12 6 years ago from Florida

      This is the theme my 5 year old wants for his next birthday party in March. I think we may use some of your great ideas! Thank you for posting them!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      enjoyed visiting your lens this morning, very patriotic indeed, thank you.

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      Teri Villars 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Nicely done! Squid Angel blessed & Happy Thanksgiving from an Army Vet!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love your ideas, i can't wait to put together my son's party

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      brbrooks 6 years ago

      My son would love this party idea, I am going to keep this lens in mind. I am also a stay at home mom and very new at this. If you have any advice I would love to hear it. Thanks

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      Nice lens, congrats on purple star!! :)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Nice lens. Love the photos of the little soldiers in their camo. Cute! Congratulations on the purple star!

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      Tonie Cook 6 years ago from USA

      This is a wonderful lens! Congrats on your well deserved purple star.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I think this is a terrific idea for a party! Congratulations on your purple star, and I certainly see why you got it!!

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      ClinicallySigni 6 years ago

      Very good and affordable army/military birthday party ideas. Thanks for sharing!

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      marckq 6 years ago

      My son's birthday is July 18, thanks for sharing, he just decided he'll have an army birthday party!

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Very cute party ideas :)

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      pimbels lm 6 years ago

      My son was a big military fan when he was young. He is now 18. Really nice lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great fun ideas! I was in a panic when I couldn't think of any ideas for my son's b-day party and I'm not very crafty. This will be perfect for his party this weekend!

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      yourgoldenfuture 7 years ago

      I will never have a tank-party ...but your lens is nice

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      yourgoldenfuture 7 years ago

      I will never have a tank-party ...but your lens is nice

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      Oh, this is wonderful! The things we do for our children. LOL You are so creative! I am sure this party was a real blast!

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      brmadagan 7 years ago

      This was my party! It was awesome!

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      brmadagan 7 years ago

      This was my party! It was awesome!

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      SgtSciFi 7 years ago

      Very Nice Page!!

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      huntingpartysupplies 7 years ago

      I like this lens, my brother would have a great time for the games. 5 star and favorited, Thanks for sharing.

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Great Ideas and Games for a Birthday Party! Looks like the soldiers had lots of fun!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i love it,.....thsanks

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      JoyfulPamela2 8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Congrats on your first angel blessing (from Tipi)!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Wonderful! ~ I love the idea of an army party.

      I do believe boys would really love this.

      Blessed by a Squid angel, and...

      Merry Christmas!

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      Chappelle 8 years ago

      Great information and well done lens!

      5* and favorited!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I loved how you did all of this on a budget!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Very impressed! Loved the cake...I'll have to try it.

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      JoyfulPamela2 8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Cool ideas and presentation, Carol! See, you already have a "niche" - children's birthday parties.