I’m pretty excited to share with you Mason’s Army Themed Birthday Party! I was so worried that this shin-dig wasn’t going to happen. Last Sunday/Monday my three children all had a NASTY stomach bug. Luckily it only lasted 24 hours. Unluckily, they went to daycare on Tuesday only to come home with a note that there were several confirmed cases of Coxsackie (hand, foot and mouth disease). Panic set in at that point! The next day? My husband woke up with the same stomach bug and my daughter came home with a note from her day camp that they had a confirmed case of head lice. Are you kidding me? Oh wait, it gets better. Friday morning rolls around and guess who wakes up with that nasty stomach bug? ME! UGH. Thankfully Saturday found us all relatively healthy and we were able to enjoy the 90+ degree day (much of the time was spent in our pool!).
I designed the invites to look like dog tags and printed them at home -trimmed them and then added a ball chain.
I made the jello push-ups using my cake push-pop containers. I started with the green jello, let it set overnight and added in the second yellow layer. Notice that cool display box? That was my Kaboo box! Love finding simple uses for everyday items. I blacked out the Kaboo lettering on the side, poked holes in the bottom and stuck the push-pops in. Great addition to the tablescape… even if the jello melted within an hour… thankfully the majority had been eaten and the liquid version didn’t stop the kids from eating the rest!
The main table held the Fry Box favors, Fruit Kabobs and Camo Corn (popcorn with green/brown m&m’s). It was just way too warm to keep the cupcakes on display, so the open space was reserved for when I brought those out.
The green table cloths came from Dollar Tree, I made the banner which is I’ve made as a free printable (see links at bottom of post), I found the Uncle Sam poster online and printed it out. The fishing net backdrop was also from the Dollar Tree, as were the mini flags. The camo dinnerware was from Birthday Direct. Everything else was from around my home.
I created the cupcake stand with plates and candlesticks I found at the Dollar Tree. I totally chipped the plate driving out of the parking lot, but you couldn’t really see it once the cupcakes were on it.
I made camo cupcakes by scooping 1/3 chocolate cake, 1/3 vanilla cake and 1/3 vanilla cake turned green, per cupcake and topped them with my printable cupcake toppers and plastic army figurines. Here’s how they look pre-frosting:
And when bitten into:
A few weeks back I shared how to make the Favor Fry Boxes and the Favor Tags. Below you get to see what I filled them with!
My son also requested there be an obstacle course. He talked about this for weeks! And he also REALLY wanted paratroopers. So here is our Basic Training Course (Ghetto Style!):
Start out on the balance beam, dash under the saw horses, through the tires, up the ladder, drop a paratrooper (which they got to bring home), slide down the slide and into the pool.
The basic training and parachute deployment signs are available for download at the bottom of this post.
I was surprised by how much fun the kids had with the course. They did it again and again just for fun! I was the “Major” and blew a whistle that told the next child in line to start. My only blunder… not unfolding the parachutes on the army men. That caused a bit of a bottleneck at first until I got Grandma to unfold them so they’d be ready for the kids. Watching the little ones run through the tires was so cute!
A few more details:
Water grenade fight!!! A few kids chose to sit this one out, but the ones that participated had a BLAST! And the adults had a good laugh or two watching. The two littlest girls didn’t quite get it and just threw the balloons onto the grass and jumped up and down when they burst. Too funny!
Pre-scooped ice cream is a must! Such a time saver. Maybe next time I’ll clean the cupcake tins after making the cupcakes and previous to putting in the ice cream. OOPS!
(don’t judge, I was still recuperating, remember?)
My husband snapped this picture of the birthday boy all dressed up in one of his gifts – proud boy!
ARMY THEMED BIRTHDAY PARTY PRINTABLES:
Click the link to download the printable. Once saved to your desktop, open the PDF’s and print them onto cardstock.
Kim is a Marketing Specialist with Inspiration Media Solutions by day and Blogger by night. She's a wife, mom of three beautiful children and two fur-babies, a Goldendoodle and a rescued Pibble. For even more Inspiration Made Simple, like her on Facebook and Instagram+.
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What an awesome party for your little guy! I love it all!!Those camo cupcakes with the army men on them, the banner, water bottles, favors, etc.!! I’m glad you guys are all feeling better! What a week you had leading up to the big day!
Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies (please, notice the new url for my blog), under the Page 2 post on Jul. 16, 2012. Thanks again.
Kim…Love this! I especially love the cupcakes. The army guys are such a fun, easy & inexpensive touch…and then the fun camo cupcake center is awesome! <3 Heidi Rew from PartiesforPennies.com
Awesome! My nine year old twins had an army Bday in Feb. it was super fun. Love the cupcakes!
What a fun party! So many great ideas!
Great party! So many great ideas and decor. Gotta pin some of this! Hugs and blessings, Cindy
Such a cool party!
Super cute party, Kim! So glad you all ended up healthy enough to enjoy it!
Great party Kim, what did you have engraved on their dog tag favours? I couldnt quite see in the picture.
I engraved their first and last names and their birth dates. 🙂
You did so awesome! I think the ice cream in those tins fit in, as it they’ve been out in the field. I also love that obstacle course! It all looked super cool to me! Good job!
Fantastic party. I’m very inspired. Unfortunately I’m having trouble downloading the banner. Am I doing something wrong?
What can I say? From the army theme to birthday signs to cupcakes to games to giveaways its all perfect! You’re an awesome mom Kim!
You are to sweet! Thank you so much! My little man certainly had a wonderful day. 🙂
This is awesome! My little one is wanting a similar party, and you have given me some great ideas! Thanks so much from one busy mommy to another!!!
Thank you so much for sharing the dog tag idea! My son is 12 and we are trying to find invites that are still “cool.” We are doing tactical laser tag for his birthday so this will be perfect!!! I did my own design in OpenOffice and downloaded some great fonts!
I’m glad I could help inspire you! Hope your son has a great birthday.
Where did you go to have the invites printed like dog tags??
I designed them and printed them at home. I imagine you can probably find something similar on Etsy. 🙂