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Army Birthday Party Ideas
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!
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
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!
Make your own Pinata and save Money!
- How to make a quick homemade pinata
Every party needs a pinata, but they can be expensive. Make your own pinata for under $5! Easy, fast and you can adapt your pinata to match your party theme. Read on to find out how!
Find More Army Party Ideas
- Army Party Ideas
This is a page of army parties--ideas for games, inivitations, food and more. Lots of great ideas here!
- Kids Party Guide to Military Parties
Ideas for favors, invitations, crafts and activities here.
- All kinds of Tank Cakes
Find pictures and how-tos to make your own tank birthday cake.
- Free Army Coloring Pages to print
Print out some pages to use as an activity at the beginning of the party while you are waiting for all the guests to arrive.
- Thrifty Fun Army Party
Here is another site with a sample party. Some more great ideas here.
- Kids Army Store
Here you can purchase all kinds of Army gear for kids--toys, costumes, supplies and more. Check out this link for some great gift ideas!
Great party favor bags!
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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Support our troops!
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