This week was my sons 7th Birthday and he wanted an Army theme and I remembered an army party that was featured on The Creative Party Place. The party was hosted by Jodee and you can see her party here. She had so many great ideas and I knew I would be using alot of them! We went to the Army recruiters office and they were kind enough to give us pencils, flags stickers and a couple mugs. I purchased the dog tags and a few other items from factory card outlet. The kids got a dog tag when they signed in and then went to the tattoo station to get an army tank on their arm. My hubby and our good friends were in charge of the games which included: an obstacle course, target shooting with a BB gun and a grenade toss using water balloons. The kids had a great time and even some of the Moms got in on the action! Obviously the party would not be complete without one of my cakes! This one was so easy and didn't take a long time to complete. I have to admit that it is so much easier to make one for your own family than for someone else. It seems to take the pressure off a bit!
I made the camouflage pattern by first rolling out the green fondant flat, and adding the darker green and black pieces that I had cut in different shapes to mimic the camo on the tablecloth. After I added them I rolled them into the green piece and then covered the cake.
For the helmet I decided to use a piece of Styrofoam and then covered it with green fondant. I added the Army logo on the side.
I also made a grenade just by molding it into and oval shape and adding grooves in the side. I made the top piece separate and then used a wire to connect it to the base.
To make the dog tags I used the plastic ones I had bought as a pattern and cut around it. I added a groove around the center and painted it silver. The chain was made by rolling out a thin piece of fondant and pinching it to make the little grooves. I then painted it silver as well.
Here are some photos from the party:
Major Payne, Major Glory and Sargent Malarke
The grenade toss was a blast and Sargent Malarke was such a great sport!
I bought the tin pails at our Sherwin Williams paint store and then put a sticker on the front.
My son had a blast at his party and we are thankful to have such great friends who participated. it wouldn't have been the same without them!