Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I Don't Know, But I've Been Told!

It was the Ultimate Army Party! Well, sort of! I only say sort of because I really didn't get everything I really wanted to done with it. But that's okay! The kids had a blast and that's all that matters, right? I should also tell you that I went to bed at 2 am that morning and then had to wake up at 6 am to finish. So yeah, I was pretty tired!

Would you like to see what I did anyway? I thought you might. So, please come in and have fun at the "party"!

Here is the "Mess Hall" where the kids ate. We bought a helium tank at Walmart, but the balloons wouldn't hold the helium very well. So, we didn't get to have balloons (except for the one lonely one on the ceiling I didn't see when I took this picture. Oh, and please don't mind the spool of ribbon on the table. That wasn't supposed to be there either.) I had more planned for this room. Taevyn's Uncle had given him some stuff that I was going to use for decor and forgot to get it.

The Army Recruiting Station so graciously gave us some posters (that are now in Taevyn's room) for decorations. How nice was that?

This is my second favorite one. I love the Soldier's Creed.

This is my favorite poster! The scene is so neat and it feels as if you're almost there with them!

Here is the table with the MRE's. In the sacks were peanut butter and jelly sandwhiches, chips, applesauce, and Gushers (you know, when you blow up, your guts "gush" out! HA!) They drank "Swamp Water" from thier canteens and ate thier food out of the pie plates.

Here is a close up of the place setting. I used the same concept as the invitation for the MREs with the bands. I forgot to take pictures of the Favor bags, but it looks just like this only it says "Thank You" instead. Originally I wanted to make "Care Packages" using the Pop Tart boxes I had saved and wrap them with kraft paper, but I didn't have enough boxes.

I made personalized zipper pulls for each guest and used them as place cards. This was nice because I already had the supplies on hand and didn't have to spend any money on them.

There was an army man on each place setting too. I was originally going to make paper place cards and have these hold them up, but I ran out of time and decided to use the zipper pulls instead, which I liked better anyway.

Here is the birthday cake I made. I think I'm getting a little better at these. Don't get me wrong, I know I could never work at a bakery, because I am by no means professional, but I love doing this for my family. I used Wilton's Color Mist in black and green, and used some army toys to decorate it with.

Here is the inside of the cake. Yeah, this was one of the projects I did at 1 o'clock in the morning! I used a box white cake mix and separated two small bowls worth. I colored the main cake batter with Wilton's Kelly Green icing color. Then I colored the two smaller bowls with black and the other one brown using the icing color. Then I did a "marble" effect with it. However, I want to try this again pouring some of the green batter in the cake pan, then a little of the black and brown, marble it, then pour in the remaining green, black and brown and marble it. That way the brown and black are more in the middle too. I still have another cake mix, so I may try it this weekend. Yep! Curiosity will kill this cat!

The t-shirt Taevyn is wearing is the "PT" shirt I made for each boy to take home. What a fun project this was. I first diluted some black fabric dye to get the gray color for the shirt, which was originally white. Then I used my Cricut to cut out the word "ARMY" onto some freezer paper. I then ironed the paper on the shirt and used black fabric paint to color it in.
I was going to make dog tags for them, but ran out of time. However, besides the shirt, the kids also got a camouflage bandana, thier canteens, a water gun, temporary tattoos, bubbles, a compass ring, a watch, some candy, their zipper pulls, and apples. Apples you say? Well not just any apples...

...Camouflage Apples! Taevyn and I made these and it was a lot of fun. I wrapped them up in cellophane and tied with camo and brown ribbon and some black ric rac. This was the coolest favor ever if you ask me!

Here is the apples sans cellophane! Doesn't it just look yummy?

Unfortunately I didn't get pictures of the obstacle course. It wasn't much to look at though. I really had to get creative with it. I used some very thin dowels to make the hurdles with black nylons tied to them, some more dowels and rope to make an obstacle where the kids had to crawl under the rope (yeah, I can't remember what that's called) some boxes for them to crawl through, and a little table with some army men they had to knock over with with waterballoons. Oh, and since I couldn't find any innertubes, I had to spray paint some large embroidery hoops black for the Tire Run too.

The games that were planned was "PT Drills", "Mine Field", "MIA", "Sergeant Says", and "Help the Injured Soldier". Then they were deployed to "War" which was free play in the yard. They had so much fun and I did too! It was some good times. A few of the kids asked if they could come to Taevyn's party next year. I'm hoping I can make it as good as this year!

I'm linking this to:

Those Northern Skies

The Girl Creative
My Craftie Life

Get Your Craft On Tuesday


  1. ADORABLE, you did a fabulous job. Love the cake and place settings. WELL DONE! jen

  2. What a completely spectacular birthday party. I think that this might be my favorite boy party I've seen.

  3. Love this!!

    Carrie @ www.creativecarrieregan.blogspot.com

  4. You did such a great job! I love the MRE bags and the canteens...and the green color of the cake! Very clever!!

    And thanks for stopping by and commenting on my centerpieces over at kentucky girl. I appreciate that!!

  5. Really cute. I bet you all had a great time. New follower from Made by you Mondays.

  6. This is AWESOME! You are so clever! :)


  7. WOW! What a great party! I think you did a wonderful job with it! Very impressive.
    I'd love for you to check out my giveaway going on now! http://alittleknickknack.blogspot.com/2010/10/felt-headband-giveaway.html
    Have a great day!

  8. Great party - I am sure the kids loved. Your place settings look great and so do the apples and green cake!

    Party and Entertaining Inspiration

  9. You are amazing. I would have never able to do pull this off. My sons birthday is a week and I haven't even decided on a theme. Thanks for linking up with cool idea.

  10. Love the face painting!! :)
    My son would go mad over this party!!

    Thanks so much for linking up! Come back tomorrow for the show off of fave parties!


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