I’m in the middle of what I like to call birthday season. At the moment we have a family member’s birthday every two weeks, so I’ve been busy party planning, baking and crafting. Today I’m sharing my son’s 9th Birthday which was an Army party. We went one step further and incorporated a game of Laser skirmish which saw the boys running about the bush on secret missions. They had a blast.
Laser Skirmish offered various party packages and extras. As well as the two and a half hours of supervised mission activities and equipment, I added coveralls or shirts, a bandana and face paint. Then I created a base camp loaded up with a dessert buffet and drinks.
To get inspired for this party I visited my local Army Disposals store, where I purchased the scrim netting, some ammo containers and a set of dog tags which I had engraved with Zavier’s name and date of birth. I could have spent a huge amount of money there, but tried to be a little more savvy so I reused a hessian bunting from christmas by just reversing it and topped the table with some green cotton fabric from spotlight.
Crafty Mama, has a fabulous Camo Cupcakes Tutorial on making camo cupcakes, which I followed and then applied the same principals to a full size cake. This double layered cake was a mix of sponge and mud cake with fudge icing in between the layers and topped with a layer of camo fondant. I learnt to make the camo fondant here. Then I just added the dog tags and some cute cute little soldiers which the boys already owned.
I also decided to save a little time by purchasing a set of army party printables. These are from Simone Made it and come in a pdf format. This allowed me to edit the text, then I just printed them out onto card stock and cut them out.
Due to the size of the guns and the physical activity, my littlest man was a bit too young to go into combat, but he still had fun playing dress ups and enjoying the party food.
As my boys get older it’s becoming more challenging to create cool age appropriate and a little more grown up ideas and themes but I think I got this one spot on. The boys were in their element with non stop excitement and activity. I’m pretty sure there would have been no arguments about any of the boys going to bed that night.