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How To Throw An Amazing Army Themed Birthday Party | Connor's 7th Birthday

My oldest son just turned seven this year and all he asked for his birthday were two things. V-Bucks [Parent's of Fortnite players will know that one] & an Army Themed Birthday Party.


Of course, my response is "Yeah! Sure thing kiddo, seems easy enough."

Boy, was I wrong.

Turns out army theme birthday parties are a rare happening meaning the department stores did not have any kind of décor options for this theme. I went back to the drawing board and ended up pulling off a pretty awesome party.


Check out what it took to put the party together.

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DECORATIONS

I knew I wanted a backdrop of some sort and balloons. I ended up finding a backdrop off Amazon and the balloons I picked up at Party City! I tried my very best to create a string of balloons [using the technique of tying two together and then twisting them to another set and building off of that] I will admit, I have a lot to learn yet about mastering the balloon arches / garland.

I ended up using an old desk I had lying around and put it in front of the backdrop. I covered it with an old white sheet and an old burlap table runner [I've been using the same table runner for decor in birthday parties for years now.] The "Happy Birthday Connor" sign I had to get creative with, I designed it on Canva, printed it out and put it in an 8"x11" frame.

CAKE / CUPCAKES

Unfortunately, I am not much of a baker. As much as I wish I could say my cake and cupcakes were homemade, they weren't. The cake was from Walmart & the cupcakes my dear friend and sister baked and decorated for me before the party. We purchased candles for the cake and little army men to top the cupcakes. The cake platter I actually found from Goodwill [thankful for thrifting, I'm pretty sure it's an old ashtray.. not even kidding]. Cupcake tier my granny bought me years ago after she was sick of me stealing hers all the time.

GAMES / ACTIVITIES

This was the whole reason my son wanted to have this party. He wanted to be able to do a team vs. team play so badly with his friends. Luckily, I was able to deliver. We set up two different sections for the party. The team vs. team course and the target practice area. Both sections were a hit, the kids loved it.

The target practice area was made from a wooden box that my husband recycled off the side of the road. He brought it home and spray painted it with black paint to give it an 'army' feel. We then designed targets and a sign off of Canva and laminated them for more support. I ducked taped them [yep, real classy] to the wooden box in a pyramid form. The kids had so much fun with that.

We knew we wanted to provide each kid with their own nerf gun in the team vs. team play. Luckily, we scored at Dollar tree and we were able to get sixteen guns [eight green and eight orange] provided a distinctive way to tell teams apart. The best part, it cost us sixteen dollars. We stored the guns and bullets in baskets and set them on the side of the course for the kids to pick and choose which team they wanted to be on.

The course itself was made from hay bales from our local fruit exchange. We stacked some spread them about creating barriers for the kids to hide behind. I did end up throwing some targets on the course too, trying to give them options other than shooting each other. *face palm*

Of course, the game had to have rules. We wanted to provide a safe but fun experience and I think we nailed it. What do you think?


My son had an amazing time and essentially, that's all that matters.

Let's see what he comes up with next year.

Has your kiddo ever asked for an off the wall theme for their birthday?

Go ahead and share in the comments.

Until next time,


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