Marines and their families have many moments to celebrate, including graduation from boot camp or officer training school, having a birthday, being deployed or returning home. Decorating your home, a rental hall or surprise-party location with Marine-themed decor instills a sense of pride in both the guests and the honored Marine. Make your own decorations, or purchase party supplies specially made for such occasions.
The Marine Corps emblem, also known as the EGA (eagle, globe and anchor), can be used in an edible 3-D cake and as cupcake toppers. The cupcake toppers are smaller versions of the cake topper, which is silver and accented in gold. Other cake toppers include an edible 3-D USMC seal -- or coat of arms -- and yellow footprints, symbolic of those that are painted on the ground for recruits to stand on before they’ve been accepted into the Marine Corps.
Red balloons and gold streamers make use of the Marine Corps colors. A navy tablecloth tied to the table legs with silver and gold cording echoes the coloring of the emblem. Tiny USMC flags printed on paper and attached to toothpicks can be of use next to a party tray, and paper plates and cups printed with the seal serve food with style.
The Marine Corps flag is the main party decoration, but shouldn’t overshadow the importance of the guest of honor’s company flag, which should also on display. Decorate a buffet table with a few items, such as T-shirts and ball caps, that have been printed with the Marine’s company emblem. The Marine can have them after the party.
Host a barbecue as part of the festivities for the Marine-themed party, if weather allows. A cook-off between Marines offers a bit of playful competition before mealtime. If weather permits, a volleyball net outdoors suits a casual, surprise gathering. Offer Marines T-shirts or caps as prizes for various party games for a lighthearted occasion.