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Party idea submitted by BizGirl Feb 2nd, 2008
Soldier Send Off Block Party or Welcome Home
Well first off I have to say I scored majorly on things because I got most of the supplies after the 4th of July and everything was drastically reduced.
I used clip art and found the logo for the AMRY and used that on the front of the invitations.
I called it the “SOLDIER SEND OFF BLOCK PARTY”
I went all things good ole USA!
Small flags lined the street on both sides.
I left a small goodie bag of supplies for the entire street to decorate their mailbox and asked that if anyone had a flag, to please fly it that day.
Of coarse red white and blue balloons were every where.
As were silk red white and blue carnations I purchased at the Dollar Store.
I contacted the local rental supply company and ordered, a snow cone machine, a boxing ring bounce house, a dunk tank, volley ball net, horse shoes and canopies tables and chairs.
My father decorated the canopies with white xmas lights.
Each table was adorned with those balloon weights that were made to look like a spray of fireworks. Two for a dollar at the Dollar store.
Red White and Blue foam stars were tosses into our landscaped pond.
I had kegs of beer for the adults and tons of flavored sodas for the kids.
Coolers were a problem so we filled my husbands small bass boat with ice and parked it at the end of the driveway.
I had a DJ that played a list of my sons favorite songs.
I placed 2 dozen disposable camera on the tables for anyone and everyone to take pictures of the party from their view. (I will make him a CD and send it to him at a later date.)
I hired a local guy that had a portable smoker to come do the cooking.
his price- a bottle of Crown Royal no less!
I went to the local Sav-A-Lot store and was able to purchase large amounts of chicken parts for only .50 cents per pound!
When I told the meat manager what I was doing, he was more than willing to shave the prices for me.
I also got chummy with the produce manager and told him my 18 year old son joined the ARMY and he too cut me a deal on corn on the cob.
$8.00 a case! (40 ears!!!)
We picked up hamburger patties, hot dogs, sausage dogs and all the fixings.
All the chicken was smoked and absolutely to die for.
He also grilled all the corn, husks on, which was a huge hit. Crock pot of butter for dipping.
I had purchased several apple pies too at Sams club.
I have a chocolate fountain already so I set up a SWEET TREAT STATION!
It was filled with things to dip in chocolate, .bananas, cherries, marshmallows, orange segments, graham crackers,and strawberries. Also on the same table I spread out dozens of decorated cupcakes.
I had sprinkled small R/W/B/ confetti pieces all over the table and stuck small tooth pick flags in the cup cakes.
I had filled a fishbowl with all kinds of candy purchased at the $store, and put wrapped candy all over the table.
The table looked amazing! This was the most popular room in the house!
I had a crock pot filled with jalapeno nacho cheese and had everything to make mother load nacho’s!
I figured since I had everything for nachos, could do baked potatoes too and all the fillings would go great in baked taters.
After I baked the pies, I baked 100 potatoes!
AGAIN, ALL THE SAME INGREDIENTS GO IN A NACHO AS A STUFFED POTATO AND potatoes are inexpensive. So I got 2 birds with one stone.
The THIRD bird of this menu is there was everything there to make a great salad!
So, I put out a huge bowl of just lettuce and they built amazing salads from what was supplied for the nachos and taters.
The adults had a great time watching the kids in the boxing ring and dunk tank.
We kept any overly annoying songs out of the play list so everyone could enjoy the music.
I had made a CD from pictures of my son from birth to his graduation that I played on mute on the wide screen during the party.
His friends had fun with that!
I met neighbors I didn’t even know I had.
My son received a lot of cards with money and plenty of good wishes.
Oh, I had a separate table set aside that had an address book on it.
I had asked everyone that if they wanted to receive mail from a soldier, to leave their address.
The book about filled up!
My son will give some of the addresses to his platoon.
It took 2 months of planning, but I SINGLE HANDEDLY did it and it was a huge success!
Now, I have flags and flowers and decorations for his “HOMECOMING PARTY” too!
Photo by: Shalf on Flickr
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