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Hey party peeps! This week is an emotional one for me as my oldest son just left for Basic Training to join the US Navy AND the week before he left my sister and nephews were in town who I hardly ever get to see. LOTS of emotions! The great thing though is that my nephew’s birthday was while he was here and LOVES the Call of Duty video game which also is my son’s favorite so I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than to throw a Call of Duty party to celebrate both milestones. AND BOY DID WE CELEBRATE! Check out how the entire family got in on all the fun. LOTS of memories were made this day!
Call of Duty Video Game Truck!
Okay, you guys know how I do. I just didn’t want to throw a normal Call of Duty party, I had to create the ULTIMATE CALL OF DUTY PARTY EXPERIENCE! I wanted to create an environment where the guests could actually play the video game together but also take part in interactive outdoor activities that went with the theme so I called the experts in mobile entertainment— Games 2 U. They have a state of the art video game truck which pulls up to your house and has a video game theatre inside where up to 12 guests can play at one time. They have all the latest video games like Call of Duty, Minecraft and Injustice for multiple game systems like PS4 and XBox One.
GIRLFRIEND TIP: This type of party is GREAT for a surprise party! My nephew had no idea I was throwing this party and when he pulled up and saw the video game trailer he was so excited! I mean, look at it! It’s visually a wow-factor all by itself AND it plays music loudly on the outside…a kid favorite!
Call of Duty Gear UP Bunker!
After the guests were done with the 40 minutes of video game play they entered into the Call of Duty Gear UP Bunker which was a themed Call of Duty table full of military dress up items for each guest including camouflage shorts, shirts, dog tags, hats, sunglasses and a special backpack from Birthday Express for the birthday boy! The faces of the guests when they entered this room was PRICELESS!!!
GIRLFRIEND TIP: Whenever I’m styling a video game party I always go to my local Game Stop store to ask if they have any leftover video game posters for the game I’m featuring. They usually always have some and they are FREE! What??!! I know…they usually just throw away boxes of posters after their promotional time has ended and if you’re lucky they’ll have the game poster you’re looking for. I totally scored on BOTH of these Call of Duty Advanced Warfare posters to add that wow factor I needed for my party decor! Best thing…I rolled them up at the end of the party and gave them to my nephew to take home.
Call of Duty Laser Tag!
Once everyone was “Geared Up” it was time for Laser Tag! Outside we went to a full laser tag course set up by Games 2 U complete with bunkers and digital laser tag guns that make it possible to play outside in the daytime. They actually count down and vibrate when you get tagged so you can keep track of your progress. This was SO MUCH fun for both kids and adults.
To make it even more fun, I ordered these cool velcro-backed Skull Patches from Magplates.com in 2 colors (green and tan) so each team had their own color. The 2 team captains wore these cool Bastion t-shirts that have velcro on the sleeves so they could place their teams’ patch on their sleeves. The rest of the team simply adhered their patches to their shirts or hats with velcro tape.
GIRLFRIEND TIP: Magplates also makes custom patches! So you can send them your artwork and they’ll make your own custom patch. The minimum order for custom patches is 50 though so this option may only work for large parties.
The ENTIRE FAMILY had a BLAST! What a way to send off my son to the military and celebrate my nephew’s birthday. “Fair winds and following seas” my son! May you serve and defend our country honorably as you answer your REAL CALL OF DUTY!
I hope you found some inspiration for your next Call of Duty party. If you are located in here in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, be sure to check out our local Games 2 U Twin Cities for all your mobile entertainment needs!
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WHERE DID SHE GET THAT?
– Styling & photography: Soiree Event Design
– Video game truck & outdoor laser tag game: Games 2 U
– Army tank standup, camoflauge hats, sunglasses and backpack, army hardhat: Birthday Express
– Skull and military patches, Bastion shirts with velcro: Magplates
– Camouflage netting, “Armed and Dangerous” t-shirt and dog tags: JM Cremps The Boys Adventure Store