When my son Ody and I started brainstorming ideas for his 12th birthday party, a fun army theme came to mind. After scouring creative ideas on pinterest, we decided to turn the kitchen into a 1940’s Army Recruitment Office. Outfitted in balloons, British flags, vintage newspapers and war propaganda posters, the festivities kicked off at 18 hundred hours for Oscar Delta Yankee.
Ody’s friends arrived to “sign up” for basic training and were then given a ‘Top Secret Package’ containing a field service postcard, custom dog tags with their name and a basic training evaluation progress report. Next it was time to outfit our soldiers with their uniforms: a personalized army T-shirt, military helmet and survival backpack. Backpacks were equipped with fun extras for the sleepover: a canteen, flashlight, camo paint, party poppers, beef jerky, kettle chips and rations candy.
Later the little cadets enjoyed dinner in the “Mess Hall” complete with camouflage netting draped from the ceiling. Kids sat down at a communal table dressed with antique ammunition tins filled with grenades and little green army men. To keep energy levels up, boys were served homemade lasagna with juice box “walkie talkies.” For dessert, ingredients for S’mores were given out in metal mess tins to toast over a cozy campfire.
The evening ended with the boys nestled into their “barracks,” a vanilla bell tent labeled Fort Ody for a good nights sleep.
Create your own Army Party:
- Vintage Newspapers, Field Service Post Cards, War Posters and Rations Candy from Imperial War Museum
- Custom Printable Party Package from Tania’s Design Studio
- Antique Ammunition Tins, Mess Tins and Camo Paint from Army Surplus Store