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We recently celebrated B’s 7th birthday with a soldier themed Nerf Gun party. He is Nerf Gun & Soldier obsessed so combining the two for a party just made sense. It was a lot of fun. Here are the details for putting together your own Soldier Nerf Gun birthday party.
I sent out the invites through Evite. I was happy to see that they had a camo theme which made choosing from their many designs quite easy.
We made a sign with balloons to make it easier for people to find the party since we were having it at our neighborhood sports complex. (B helped decorate it.)
When the party guests arrived we had them go through different stations to get geared up and ready for battle.
First the kids got a bandana (camo or black) and we wrote their names on a dog tag. The idea was to have a camo team and a black team but all the kids wanted to be camo so we ended up with an every man for himself Nerf war.
Next stop, eye protection. I didn’t want anyone to shoot their eye out! I ordered these from Oriental Trading.
Then it was time to head to the course. We painted some cardboard boxes for the boys to use as hideouts. Luckily our neighbor purchased some furniture from Ikea so I was able to “steal” these awesome large boxes! We used wooden stakes and zip ties to keep them from blowing over. There was one vertical box in the middle with flaps on each side and I split another box to make two smaller hideouts on each side. Inside the hideouts I placed camo buckets with extra bullets.
The boys picked their hiding spots.
Then it was every man for himself. We played several rounds like this.
Then it was time for the adults to join in the fun!
Food & FavorsAfter we worked up an appetite it was time for Pizza, Cake & Ice Cream. I used Camo Duct Tape to cover the Capri Suns and also wrapped the water bottles as well.
The half chocolate, half vanilla cake with whippy icing was from Kroger. They placed the tanks, helicopter and flags on there. B decided to add some of his own soldiers.
Guests were sent home with all their gear, including their Nerf Gun as party favors.
2:00-2:30 Guests Arrive & Gear Up
2:30-3:30 Nerf War
3:30-4:00 Pizza, Cake & Presents
This was the first time I’ve hosted a party at a park. Our park areas are on a first come basis so we got lucky that no one else was having a party at the same time. There were a couple of things (trash bags, bathroom key- yes someone had to go home and get it for us) that I wish had brought that I did not so I’m including a checklist below in case you’re planning an off-site party (click to download).