Many of our young kids look up to the men who serve and protect our country, so why not honor their work and celebrate our child’s special day together with a Special Forces Birthday Party!
Start drafting your soldiers with some simple invitations. Using tan or army green cardstock, fold in half and on the front write “Official Orders” in a block print. Inside, add “You’ve been recruited to ____’s birthday party, so report at ____ (use military hours).” If you choose some messy activities, you might want to remind your unit to report with a change of clothes or a towel. There are authentic looking pre-made invitations available, as well as awesome party supplies.
As your troops arrive on the big day, hand them their dog tags before starting their training.
– Field Training: Set up an obstacle course with lots of things for them to jump over, crawl through, shimmy under, climb up, etc.
– Target Practice: have water balloons (grenades) and water guns prepped before the party. Set up targets all over the yard, like little plastic soldiers or aluminum cans, for the kids to aim at.
– Hot Grenade: pass a water balloon to music just like in the game of Hot Potato
– Code Breaker (for older kids): write a message in numbers and have the children work together to solve the puzzle
Before you send the troops home, reward their hard work with a fabulous Special Forces party favor box.
All of their hard work will build quite an appetite, so the mess hall needs a good array of filling food. My Marine Corp Dad recommends Spaghetti and Meatballs. But, you can also serve up hamburger, veggie sticks, energy bars, Mediterranean Rice, and a nice slice of hot apple pie. Top it all off with a Special Forces birthday cake.
With these activities and entrees, I would call the Special Forces Birthday Party a huge success (and parents with tired children might heartily agree!).