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An Army Boot Camp Birthday Party – Hoorah!

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Guests at this army boot camp birthday party had so much fun. Party planner and photographer, Kimberly Shen, of From The Heart Events, had a vested interest in making this 10th birthday party high-ranking; the guest of honor was her nephew, Michael. We love how she incorporated authentic vintage military gear into her party decorations and styling ideas and came up with clever theme coordinating treats – including army-inspired cupcakes and birthday cake as well as perfectly planned outdoor party games and activities.


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Her high-energy activities were spot on and surely made a memorable impact on guests. You won’t want to miss a single detail of this action-packed army boot camp birthday party. Kimberly set up an awesome party command post using a vintage army pup tent. The wood sign as well as others throughout the encampment were DIY and really helped to establish that boot camp feel. She dressed up the command post with a camouflaged backpack, American flags, and military gear from her father’s military collection.

What a fun place for guests to play and eat. Getting down and dirty works up a healthy appetite. Kimberly prepped MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) for each of the kids in bio-pack lunch boxes that are earth-friendly and fully biodegradable. Each had a custom label attached to the front. While these MREs were probably fresher and tastier than the real ones, with a ham and cheese sandwich, a bag of chips, cookies, juice box, and gum (real MREs have gum inside), the theme coordinating presentation was awesome.

The mess hall was in close proximity to the command post and was properly outfitted with army-themed props, décor, and refreshments. Instead of a traditional table runner, Kimberly used camouflage netting – so creative. It was the perfect backdrop for a handmade camo bunting featuring the guest of honor’s name.

The dessert table was full of creative desserts. A green cake made by Kimberly was topped with army-themed candles. The inside was camouflaged cake. So cool. Just as fun were the cupcakes which had green Army men for toppers. Perfection (and so easy and budget-friendly). The grenade cupcake stand was genius. A metal mess kit was the perfect way to serve up green army men’s gummy candy.

The activities were the heart of this army boot camp party experience. Kimberly set up an interactive boot camp-style obstacle course with a balance beam, saw horse leap, army crawl beneath camo netting, and even a water balloon grenade launch. A ride in a military M37 jeep was arranged along with a “wounded warrior” scavenger hunt, piñata, and fun in an army-themed bounce house.

A photo booth area was set up where guests could memorialize their fun by posing with some themed photo props. As a remembrance of their Army boot camp birthday party experience, guests got to take home custom-stamped, metal dog tag necklaces and the little American flags they proudly waved during their jeep ride. Kimberly, we salute you and your 4-star party planning skills.

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