Navy Birthday Party Ideas

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Civil War Naval Commander David Glasgow Farragut's order "Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!" might apply to a Navy party too. If your child or spouse likes all things Navy, go all out and throw a party overflowing with decorations and activities. Farragut went on to become the first full admiral of the U.S. Navy, so feature a large picture of him somewhere among the party decorations or on the party invitation.

"Welcome Aboard" Invitations

  • Choose the theme for your party based on the specialty area of your birthday honoree, whether it's working with aircraft carriers, submarines or Navy aircraft. Use either the sea or the sky on the invitation with a picture of the ship, submarine or plane. Use a Navy blue and gold border for the invitation and use an image from the Navy, such as a torpedo, an anchor, or the Navy eagle insignia in the center.

Anchors Away Decorations

  • Begin decorating with blue and gold balloons, small American flags and streamers in red, white and blue, then fill your house with any and all U.S. Navy paraphernalia to give your guests a full-on Naval experience. Make large propellers, anchors, torpedoes and missiles from heavy stock paper or cardboard that you've painted, and hang them on your front door, walls, and dangling from ceiling lamps and windows. For an adult party, hang portraits of Naval heroes such as the Battle of the Midway commander Admiral Chester William Nimitz.

The Party Table

  • Choose either patriotic red, white and blue or blue and gold for bunting around the table and the tablecloth. For a child's party, get a cake in the shape of a submarine or toy ships, aircraft and submarines as the centerpiece for the table, sprinkling either centerpiece with red, white and blue plastic or sugar stars. For adults, use one large aircraft carrier, with the deck doubling as an appetizer tray. Foil sparklers, placed in vases or Navy mugs, make the table come to life for any type of party.

At Liberty to Play

  • A mock physical training, or PT, test lets children be their energetic selves; include situps, pushups and burpees indoors, and add running races outdoors. Conduct a U.S. Navy trivia challenge for adults. Introduce rope and yarn crafts -- reminiscent of sailors' work in the Navy's early days -- for all ages. Have young children glue ropes around flower pots, and older children and adults make macrame wall hangings. Award Navy trinkets, such as magnets, stickers, pens and key chains, for games and as party favors.

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