Call all your little soldiers together for a fun Army Party! We offer suggestions for everything from unique invitation ideas to high-energy games and activities that will make all your party guests feel like real American heroes!
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Planning & Invitations
The first tasks on your planning list will be selecting a date, time and location for your party. You may want to hold your party at your own home, so you have a little more freedom with how things are laid out. However, many parents want to save themselves from the preparation and clean-up that comes with hosting a party at home. Alternate locations for this theme might include a museum, park, or camp ground. For additional ideas, see our article on When and Where to Have the Party.
What Do I Need For the Party?
Basic party supplies include paper tableware, such as plates, napkins, cups, and cutlery; a tablecloth, streamers, and balloons. If you want to purchase themed tableware, instead of solids, consider our Army party supplies.
You may also want to rent or purchase other items to fit your theme, such as:
- A Military-Themed Movie, such as ‘Cadet Kelly’ (rated G), ‘Ernest in the Army’ (rated PG), ‘McHale’s Navy’ (rated PG), or ‘Iron Eagle’ (Rated PG-13)
- Costume Items
- Toy Planes and Other Toy Military Vehicles
- Plastic army men
To help you with your shopping, take a look at our suggested party supply list. You may not need everything on the list, but you can use it as a guide.
Army Party Invitations
Send your guests a blank or personalized army party invitation for a quick and thoughtful invite. What could be more exciting for your guests than to receive a unique and fun invitation to an Army Party! Here are some army birthday invitation ideas to consider:
- Attach a card-style invitation to one of our army personalized party product with a piece of curling ribbon. Punch a hole in a corner of the invitation to attach the army party product.
- Include army stickers or temporary tattoos with the birthday invitations. Seal the army party invitation envelopes with a army party personalized sticker with a birthday message or party details.
- Fold a piece of cardstock to create a top-fold card. Decorate the front with green and black marker to create a camouflage design. Write your party details inside.
- Pick up flyers at a local military recruiting station. Either use the images from the flyers to design your invitations, or write your party details directly on the flyers and send them as your invitations.
- Draw the stars and stripes of the flag on a square piece of white cardstock. Use glitter glue to fill in the stars. Write your party details on the back.
- Purchase two different colors of toy army men (they usually come in green and tan). Glue one color on one side of a piece of cardstock and the other color on the other side, so they face each other. Write your party details in the middle.
- Include creative wording for your party details, such as:
Private Johanson, it’s time to report for duty!Your mission: Celebrate Michael’s 7th birthday
Secret location: 1234 Party Avenue
Report at: 2 PM
Complete mission by: 4 PM
Green, green, and more green, in all shades and varieties, is the key to successful military decoration. However, sticking to this one color scheme doesn’t mean you can’t be creative with army party decorations. Here are some ideas:
- Tear green and black butcher paper in a variety of shapes and sizes and attach them to the walls of the party area and hang green netting from the ceiling to create a camouflage effect.
- Hang strips of green crepe paper streamers from the ceiling and attach plastic parachute men to them.
- Group together three green helium balloons and anchor them with balloon weights around the party area. Add Mylar balloons to some of the groups for added effect.
- Decorate the windowsills and tables of the party area with plastic military men and vehicles.
- Hang signs around the room using military lingo to designate certain areas. For example, hang a sign that says “Mess Hall” where the food will be served, “Barracks” on the doors of bedrooms, and “Boot Camp” where the activities will be held.
- Turn green plastic Easter eggs into grenades by drawing a crosshatch pattern with a black permanent marker around the egg. Fill these with treats and set them on each guest’s chair before snack time.
- Use an assortment of green markers and a black permanent marker to turn a tan plastic table cover into a camouflage design.
- Hang a Pinata in the party area that can be used as a decoration before the activity begins. Remember, you can transform any pinata into a pull-string with these easy instructions.
Send your guests to the mess hall for some grub after their hard work on the battlefield! Here are some ideas for Army-inspired food:
- Camouflage Chocolate Apples – These sweet treats are not only great party food, but can be wrapped up and added to favor bags as well!
- Canon Balls – Cook meatballs in a pan of marinara sauce and serve them with toothpicks or skewers for easy snacking.
- Military Munchies – Purchase toy military helmets and place them upside down on the table. Line them with cloth napkins or paper towels and fill them with chips, crackers, cookies, or other snacks.
- Canteen Cocktails – Serve drinks like juice, soda, and water in canteens instead of cups.
- Veggie Tray – Serve an all-green veggie tray with items like cucumber, green pepper, zucchini, broccoli, snap peas, and green beans, with a dill-flavored dip (or try ranch dip with a drop of green food coloring!).
- Shaped Snacks – Use cookie cutters in the shape of army tanks and fighter jets to make Army-themed cookies. You can also use the cookie cutters to cut out sandwiches.
- Fruit Tray – Either continue with the green theme and make your fruit tray with green apples, grapes, and kiwi, or do a red, white and blue theme and use blueberries, strawberries, and white peaches.
- Camouflage Cake – Bake a traditional 9″x13″ cake and frost it in white frosting. Use green and black decorator icing to draw on a camouflage design. Add plastic army men to complete the effect.
- Grenade Cake – Bake your cake in a circular cake pan. Once cooled, cut off a small strip of cake from two sides to create an oval shape. Frost the cake in green frosting and use decorator icing to draw on the crosshatch pattern.
Party Favor Ideas
Once the battlefield has been cleaned up and your little soldiers are ready to retire for the night, send them home with party favors that fit your theme. You could give one large favor, such as a canteen, or combine smaller favors such as:
- Toy fighter jets
- Mini flags
- Toy army men
- Notebooks to record their missions
- Candy in a camo favor bag
To save time, you may want to consider our Complete Favor Sets, which include matching favor bags. Or, consider our popular personalized party favors and army party favors. Choose from bag tags, zipper pulls, magnets, and more, all personalized with your guests’ names or a personal message from you!
More Birthday Theme Ideas
Browse our list of over 130 themed party guides to find tips for your child’s next birthday! Each guide includes ideas for invitations, decorations, food, favors, games and more.
Games and Activities
Your little soldiers will love searching through this military-themed word search.
Test your guests’ stamina in this mini boot camp exercise!
Your guests must catch water balloon “grenades” thrown by their team member.
In this game, the “targets” have to block the shots from the “shooter”.
Can your guests find their own men, and capture the enemies?
How many muscles does each soldier have? This game will find out!
Your guests will love decorating craft letters that spell out U-S-A!
Get your little fighter pilots flying in this variation of Musical Chairs.
First the children fold and decorate paper airplanes. Then watch them fly!
Try this military twist on the traditional caramel apple!