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"Home from the Army" Party Food Ideas

tundrah Jul 2, 2009 07:26 AM

A friend of mine and his girlfriend (M & G) have just completed their many, many years of service in the Army and are finally home for good! My best friend is throwing a celebration for them and the theme is "Everyone has to dress military except for M & G". He also wanted to have army-themed food, and asked me to help contribute ideas...

I am a little stumped. I looked up "Army themed parties" online and found a lot of "save all your tin cans and serve beans and weenies out of them", or "buy a cake and the edible spray paint, make camo and stick a plastic soldier on top".... ummm, no thanks.

I figured the 'Hounds would have better ideas. Fire away....


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  1. kchurchill5 RE: tundrah Jul 2, 2009 07:36 AM

    A friend of mine, her brother just returned home from overseas. I hosted just a small dinner party for he and a buddy of his. I asked them what they wanted, and it was all down home cooking comfort food.

    Don't get me wrong, but I would think army-themed food would be the last they they would want. But I am sure it depends what unit or where they were deployed and the type of work they did.

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      tundrah RE: kchurchill5 Jul 2, 2009 07:54 AM

      well they've been home for a week or two, this isn't exactly their first meal. My friend thought it would be fun, so...

      just looking for some ideas for fun party foods with a twist that makes them "military" even if its not accurate.

    2. Emmmily RE: tundrah Jul 2, 2009 07:50 AM

      Were they in the Middle East? Serve pecan sandies :-P

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        tundrah RE: Emmmily Jul 2, 2009 07:56 AM

        yes they were! that's what I am looking for--something CREATIVE/funny/cheeky, it doesnt have to be an exact replica of military food...

        thanks Emmmily.

      2. RealMenJulienne RE: tundrah Jul 2, 2009 07:52 AM

        My dad was a military man. He got out 25 years ago and to this day he avoids anything that even slightly reminds him of the army. I think Kchurchill has the right idea and you should just prepare a long list of foods that they like.

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          LaLa RE: RealMenJulienne Jul 2, 2009 09:12 AM

          I agree my family who has retired from the services dont like any reminders...

        2. mrbigshotno.1 RE: tundrah Jul 2, 2009 08:08 AM

          Army food these days is Burger King on post unless you out in the feild.

          1. Phurstluv RE: tundrah Jul 2, 2009 08:12 AM

            Sounds more like a homecoming for Heroes. Why not have an all American BBQ? Or you can have foods from all different regions - southern bbq, southwestern tacos, northern fish fry, NE clambake, etc. Or their favorite dishes from their hometown, probably comfort food, like KC says, you could do meatloaf, mac & cheese, fried chicken, whatever they really enjoy.

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              Snowflake RE: tundrah Jul 2, 2009 09:02 AM

              you could make up a funny name for something tasty and BBQish:
              How about a Hero Gyro or Crew Cut Steaks or Black and Dress Blue Burgers
              I'll just stop there in case I'm going in the wrong direction...

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                bigfellow RE: tundrah Jul 2, 2009 04:58 PM

                If you have no shame and want to be authentic, serve a selection of MRE's from different countries. The US, Canada and the UK all ahve their own versions along with the Germans, French and even the Israelis.

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