EEP editors sometimes link to products to make your planning process fast and easy. We may earn a small commission if you make a purchase from a link.

33 Easy Air-Force Theme Party Ideas

33 Easy Air-Force Theme Party Ideas

Updated on: Jul 18, 2023

Invite your guests to an event of honor and American pride by throwing a party celebrating the United States Air Force. An Air-Force theme party provides the opportunity to not only entertain your guests with fun games but also allows your guests to learn a little bit about the Air Force.

An Air Force celebration is also for any friends or family members who are entering or leaving the USAF and any other Air Force members you may be honored with at an event. To assist you on this mission we’ve made a list of ideas for an Air Force theme party. We’ve covered everything you’ll need from decorations to games to the menu so you’ll have the best night possible!

Air Force Theme Party Decorations

Air Force theme party supplies are necessary to create an authentic and respectable environment. Decoration ideas for Air Force parties are listed below.

1. Colors of the Air Force

The most important colors of the USAF are navy and gold. When choosing decorations pick items in these two colors. Use these colors when choosing decorations such as table settings and balloons. For ceiling decorations, you can twist navy and gold streamers together.

Navy Blue and Gold Metallic Crepe Paper Streamers, Made in USA

2 rolls navy midnight blue and 2 rolls metallic gold crepe paper streamers
Each roll is 70.5 feet long
Color-fast and won't fade
Made in USA

2. Air Force Pilot Uniforms

Rent old Air Force pilot uniforms to use as decorations. Choose uniforms from throughout the century. Set the collection of uniforms up against a wall in a timeline order so that your guests can see how it has changed over the years.

3. Model Airplanes

Collect a variety of model Air Force airplanes and fighter jets from throughout history. Attach a string to the airplanes and hang them from the ceilings in your home or venue. Also, you can place model planes on tables and other flat surfaces in the party area for guests to see up close. There is a variety of model planes that can be purchased online.

ACADEMY 12492 P-47D Thunderbolt Razorback, Multicolor

Fully engraved panel lines & rivet detail
Highly detailed cockpit interior
Optional position landing gear door
Includes various under wing weapons

See on Amazon


4. America: Red, White & Blue

As the Air Force is a division of the US military you will want to decorate with American flags and colors at your parties. Create patriotic centerpieces by combining tiny balloons and flags in vases on the tables. Don’t forget to cover your walls with large American flags.

5. USAF Photographs

Collect old and recent photographs of pilots and soldiers in the Air Force and frame them. Choose photos of famous Air Force personnel as a way to honor them and make sure their name is on or next to the picture. Place the photos in frames around the rooms of the party for guests to see. Set them up on tables near the front door as an entrance piece.

7. Coffee Table Books

Collect an assortment of USAF books from bookstores and libraries. Place the books in the middle of tables as centerpieces. If you have any low tables near seating, place the books on the tables so that your guests can look through and read!

Air Force Theme Party Favor Ideas

As your party comes to end you will want your guests to leave with favors that will allow them to always remember the fun. Since your event will be full of patriotism, below are ideas for giveaways, prizes, and Air Force party favors that your guests will be proud to have.

8. Medals of Honor

Find an assortment of plastic medals of honor and USAF badges and give them to your guests as favors.

9. Identification Dog Tags

Everyone knows how significant dog tags are in the military. Create personalized dog tags for your guests to take home with them. Other ideas include putting the name and date of the event on the tag for your guests to always remember where they got the dog tags.

10. Patriotic Flags

Flags are such an important part of showing patriotism and loyalty in the United States. Hand out miniature American flags and USAF flags for your guests to take home with them.

11. USAF Stickers

Hand out Air Force stickers at your party. Choose stickers of the Air Force seal, fighter jets, and pilots to keep true to the theme.

12. Air Force Theme Movies

Buy copies of well-known movies about the Air Force and hand them out to your guests as favors. Choose from titles like Top Gun, Stealth, and Pearl Harbor, but make sure the movies you choose are age-appropriate for your guests.

13. USAF Food Rations

Give your guests military dessert rations such as brownies, cookies, or freeze-dried ice cream. These make for great giveaways for these theme parties and you can easily make goodie bags out of them. You can find rations at military surplus stores. You may also want to be conscious about the healthiness of your rations; we have some ideas you might like.

Air Force Theme Party Food Ideas

Once you send out enticing Air Force theme invitations, be sure to live up to your guests’ expectations by serving delicious American food and an Air Force theme cake. Try some of these US Air Force menu ideas.

14. Air-Plane Shaped Cookies

Not a big cake person? Easy fix, you can order airplane-shaped cookies or make them using an airplane-shaped cookie cutter! Perfect for an easy distribution process for your guests. Even more perfect for a goodie bag as well!

Ann Clark Cookie Cutters Airplane / Plane Cookie Cutter, 4"

This cookie cutter is great for parties and events that have an aviation theme.
Made in the USA; Manufactured in America with certified food safe American steel
Variety; For over 30 years the Clark Family has specialized in original designs for creative baking
Baking and Party Supplies; Cut, mold and decorate themed shapes for any holiday, party or event
Create; Make fun shapes with cookie dough, fondant, biscuits, brownies, cakes, or craft clay

15. US Air Force Jet Cake

Everyone will love a cake in the shape of an airplane! This can be achieved in many ways but we recommend using round cakes cut into the perfect airplane shape. Choose white frosting to cover the cake and other colors to decorate the rest of the airplane. Looking for some inspiration on custom edible goodies? We've got you covered.

16. Snacks Labeled with Military Terms

Before dinner, don’t forget to set out snacks for your guests to munch on. To add to the Air Force theme, label the containers that the snacks are in as items that are associated with the military. Choose items to label that are similar to the shape of the snack. For example, label popcorn as grenades, cheese doodles or carrots as ammunition, apple rings as compasses, grapes as bombs, broccoli as parachutes, and so on. See what creative ideas you can come up with for your own snack labels!

17. American Barbecue

What better way is there to celebrate America than to serve traditional American food? Serve your guests food that you would have at an American barbecue such as hotdogs, hamburgers, salads, and French fries.

Oscar Mayer Classic Uncured Wieners Hot Dogs, 10 ct. Pack

One 10 ct pack of Oscar Mayer Classic Uncured Wieners
Oscar Mayer Classic Uncured Wieners Hot Dogs contain no artificial preservatives, colors or flavors
No fillers or by-products and no added nitrates or nitrites, except those occurring naturally in cultured celery juice
Original uncured wieners are made with turkey, chicken and pork
Enjoy the great taste you love and quality you expect, without the guilt
Made with quality meat and the great taste you love, perfect for your next BBQ or family dinner
Fully cooked hot dogs are ideal for quick preparation and consistent flavor
So many ways to keep it Oscar with our wide range of hot dogs, cold cuts, bacons and meat snack plates
Optimized Product Benefit 9

18. Air Force Seal Cake Idea

If you aren’t as baking-oriented as some, find a vendor that specializes in making intricately designed cakes and order a cake or cupcakes with the official United States Air Force seal on top of them!

Air-Force Theme Party Games & Activities

Parties aren’t complete without fun games and activities. Entertain your guests with exciting Air Force theme party activities that everyone will enjoy!

19. Young Pilot Training Academy

Create a pilot training school right in your home. Have your guests go through different tests to gauge if they are ready to be a pilot! Make up an eye test by having your guests play observation activities, set up a backyard obstacle course to test their speed and strength, and play Simon Says to check how well your guests can follow orders. When your guests successfully finish every test, give them personalized certificates showing that they have “graduated” from your pilot training academy!

50FT Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course for Kids - Double Slacklines with 10 Most Complete Accessories for Kids, Swing, Trapeze Swing, Rope Ladder, Obstacle Net, 1.2M Arm Trainer

BECOME A REAL WARRIOR - Our obstacles training course are specially designed for kids over 4 years old. Upper rope can be installed more than 11 obstacles, and Ground rope can be used as a training rope to improve strength and balance. Get your kids OUTSIDE and Overcome obstacles course of different difficulty in the most fun ways. Warriors never afraid of difficulties!
MOST COMPLETE OBSTACLES FOR KIDS TO CONQUER -Our kit has an exciting assortment of the most complete and fun obstacles. Kids LOVE it, and even forget about electronics (sometimes)! 6 Stairs rope ladder and Double rope Design make it much easier for little ones to climb to the obstacles rope or swing on it, and keep your kid balance and safe.
ADJUSTABLE OBSTACLES DISTANCE -No Fixed Obstacles, No Fixed Distance, you could move the obstacles apart to whatever distance you want. Enjoy Endless Possibilities by Easily Customizing your obstacles in ANY ORDER and ANY DISTANCE apart to create an easier or harder challenge! User friendly design with quick setup and takedown.
GREAT ALTERNATIVE TO THE PLAYGROUND -Whether or not you want to get a swing set or jungle gym when all of the playgrounds closed, but don't have enough flat space in your yard and they're expensive? Choose our Dripex obstacles course, all you need is two mature trees or pillars that can withstand a maximum distance of 39-42ft and a maximum weight of 250 pounds.
PERFECT FOR ALL AGES & LEVELS -Whether you're a beginner for fun or a pro-athlet e looking to improve strength and balance, our obstacles course is the perfect backyard challenge for warriors of all levels. From Kids to Adults, and Beginners to Advanced. You could install it on your backyard, playground, home gym, basement, pool, fitness class, camping trip, beach park, etc. No More Worries about Your Kids' Health!

See on Amazon


20. Paper Planes

Everyone enjoys making paper airplanes! Have your guests fold paper into airplanes and then have a contest to see whose plane flies the farthest. Before folding, you can also have your guests decorate the paper with markers and crayons to add to the fun.

Creativity for Kids Paper Airplane Squadron - Create 20 Paper Planes, Stocking Stuffers for Boys and Girls

CREATE 20 PAPER AIRPLANES - Create and customize a fleet of 20 paper airplanes with this complete craft kit! Fun for one or a small group, this classic craft includes enough paper to fold, launch and fly 20 paper airplanes
CUSTOMIZE YOUR PLANE - Use the included stickers to decorate your paper planes and get them ready for take-off!
LEARN A VARIETY OF PAPER PLANE STYLES - Helpful instructions are included where you can learn a variety of paper plane styles. Learn how to fold a plane "traditional" style, "lion" style and "standard" style.
STOCKING STUFFERS FOR KIDS - Big fun in a small box! This mini craft kit is the perfect size for a stocking stuffer, rainy day activity, party favor or just because gift for kids. Give the gift of creativity with a classic craft for boys and girls
CRAFTS FOR BOYS AND GIRLS - Have fun while building creative confidence! Since 1976, Creativity for Kids has proudly created craft kits for kids designed to encourage creativity and self-expression. The Paper Airplane Squadron Mini Craft Kit is recommended for ages 6-8+

21. Pilot IDs

Have your guests create their own pilot IDs! Take pictures of your guests in Air Force pilot uniforms with a digital camera. Print out the pictures and glue them onto pieces of cardstock. Put a title at the top of the card saying “Pilot ID” and have your guests fill out needed personal information including their names, birthdates, gender, height, eye color, and so on. Your guests can wear the Pilot IDs around the party, pretend to be Air Force pilots, and even take them home as favors! We're excited to share ideas for DIY party decorations and favors.

22. Grenade Target Launching

Water balloon grenade launching is a perfect outdoor activity for an Air Force theme! Fill a few dozen water balloons with water and place them in buckets. In the yard, set up large targets and have your guests launch water balloons at the targets. Give out prizes for the best on-target shot.

23. Pass the Grenade

Transform the classic game of “Hot Potato” into a military theme game by using a plastic toy grenade instead of a potato. Tell your guests to start passing the grenade once the music starts. Just like “Hot Potato”, the person who is holding the toy grenade when the music stops will be out of the game. You could use anything as a base, but you may want to look into acquiring a "Hot Potato" of your own to customize!

ALEX Toys Ideal Hot Potato Electronic Musical Passing Kids Party Game, Don’t Get Caught With the Spud When the Music Stops! Ages 4+, 2-6 Players, Brown

HOT POTATO PASSING GAME: The Classic musical potato passing game. Fun for the whole Family. 2-6 players.
EASY AND FUN TO PLAY: Simple rules and family fun for all ages.
PASS IT QUICK: Don’t be the last one holding the potato when the music stops.
ACTIVE GAME: An active game for the whole family. Toss or pass the potato while the music is still playing. Toss it to a player in the next room, or across the yard for outside fun.
JUST TOSS THE POTATO: High or low, fast or slow. Just don’t get caught with the adorable spud when the music stops.

See on Amazon


24. USAF Guest

If you know a retired Air Force pilot or even someone who is currently in the Air Force, invite the USAF member to your party to share his or her experience in the Air Force. Have them dress in their uniform and allow time for your guests to ask questions.

Air-Force Theme Party Supplies

25. Patriotic Tablecloths

There are tons of patriotic tablecloths out there such as maps of the United States, American flags, and USAF flags. If you don’t want to use these to cover dining tables you can cover displays with them.

26. Patriotic Flags

Flying patriotic flags are a perfect decoration at your party, including American Flags and the USAF flags. These can be for example the small hand-held American flags. So, your guests can each have one and way them around.

65 Pack Wooden Stick American Flags Hand Held Mini US Flags for American Independence Day (4x6 Inches)

What You Will Receive: You will get 65 pack hand held flags, which are enough to hand out at events. They can be used to supply for whole organizations and groups or decorate large halls, etc.
Material: These quality US flags are made from woven fabric and wooden sticks with elegant gold-colored finials, these mini US flags are great-looking flags.
Wide Application: These wooden stick American flags are used to decorate for the July 4th and veterans day by setting up a row of these honorable flags on a wall,or place them on party tables, put them in your garden, place on your car, etc.
Size: The size of the mini flag is 4 x 6in in length and width, and the flagpole is 10in long.
Reusable: The small flag is made of premium durable cloth and colour printing, not easy to tear, waterproof and easy to clean. It only needs simple installation steps to use the American flags.

See on Amazon


27. Air Force Confetti

Decorate your tables with Air Force-themed confetti. Using confetti will be a fantastic twist and would bring your theme colors out even more!

300pcs Navy Blue White Silver Paper Confetti,Glitter Twinkle Little Star Table Confetti,Birthday Graduation 2023 Fathers Day Wedding Baby Shower Party Decorations Circle Dots Lasting Surprise

The material of glitter biodegradable confetti is eco-friendly paper. There is no terrible smell as the plastic confetti,and it’s more soft then foil confetti which make the confetti more suit for party table decoration.
The twinkle little star confetti includes 300pcs confettis. The size is 1.2” which is more thick and bigger than plastic confetti. So it’s much easier to clean up.
The Navy Blue white Silver confetti can be used as cupcake toppers or decoration on the party cake pop stand. Just adding the sprinkles confettis around the table is good too. It will let your table will look more vivid.
They are perfect for gender reveal,bridal shower,weddings, anniversaries,fathers day,birthday,christmas decorations for men ,royal blue party graduation decorations 2023 blue and white,twinkle twinkle little star decorations.
If you are not satisfied with the color, quality or other aspects,please contact us for a full refund or replacement. We have a 30 day refund guarantee for every purchase.

28. Airplane & Pilot Cake Toppers

If you plan to make a simpler cake than the ones listed above, an easy way to keep the theme is to top the cake with Air Force figurines. You can use mini plastic soldiers, pilots, and airplanes!

FUN LITTLE TOYS 180 PCs Army Men Action Figures Army Toys of WW 2, Military Figures Set with a Map, Toy Tanks, Planes, Flags, Soldier Figures, Fences & Accessories

180 Pieces of Army Men Action Figures: Includes 180 pieces of army themed action figures and battle equipment accessories.
Battlefield Equipment Toys: Includes tanks, fighter aircraft, helicopters, vessels, fences, soldiers, and battlefield equipment.
Reusable Storage Bucket: Packed in a sturdy and reusable storage bucket! The bucket comes with a handle for convenience. The reusable storage bucket makes the entire collection portable - kids can take them anywhere they go!
Play On-the-Go: This army collection can be taken anywhere and everywhere! Perfect for kids playing military battle games in groups.
Ideal Gift: Perfect for birthday presents, party decorations, cake toppers, goodie bag fillers, Christmas gifts, and much more!

See on Amazon


29. Air-Force Themed Cups and Plates

To serve and eat your Air-Force theme food get some cups and plates to match. Some ideas would be to buy paper plates, cups and napkins with the Air-Force emblem on them. You could also get plates, cups and napkins that are the Air-Force or American colors.

Havercamp Official U.S. Air Force Party for 16 guests! Includes 16 ea. 7” Dessert Plates and Luncheon Napkins in the Official U.S. Air Force Logo

OFFICIALLY LICENSED U.S. AIR FORCE LOGO – Signifies Pride in serving as an Enlisted Airman or Officer in the U.S. Air Force!! Perfect for all Official Air Force events. Honor your Loved One who is active or a veteran at Birthdays, Father’s/Mother’s Day, Welcome Home, Retirements or a Party just for the fun of it! Also, Great for Kids’ Air Force or Flying/Airplane-Theme parties.
16 PLATES - 7 in. plates, perfect for cake, sides, and appetizers. Sturdy Construction will hold up under all your delicious food.
16 LG. NAPKINS - Luncheon Napkins printed with vibrant graphics.
Exceeds FDA Standards and Biodegradable. A Breeze to setup and cleanup!

See on Amazon


Air-Force Theme Party Invitations

Sending out invites that exemplify your patriotism and love for the Air Force will be the perfect way to set up the entire event. It will allow your guests to build up expectations and get super excited about your party!

30. Air Force Theme Invitations

When creating invitations for your Air Force theme event make sure to go above and beyond just including the date, time, and place. Decorate your invitations with jets, fighter wings, and the Air Force seal. Instead of using regular invitation sayings such as “Come to my party”, use words that are representative of the Air Force like “Jet on over to my party” to help get your guests excited.

Military Invitations (20 Count) with Envelopes - Birthday or Going Away Party

Includes 20 Military Fill In Invitations with Envelopes
4" x 6" Cards
Great for a military birthday, going away part or military retirement celebration
Quality heavy-weight matte card stock for easier fill in with many pen types
Designed and printed in the USA

See on Amazon


31. Air Force Training Camp Invitations

Another option is to send your guests invitations with recruitment phrases on them. Use phrases like “You have been recruited” and “Report to training camp”. From there, just incorporate your party’s details with these phrases.

32. American Colors Invitation

Show your American spirit with this invitation. With its classic colors and design, this invitation will surely make your guests well aware of the patriotism of the party!

50 Patriotic Summer BBQ Party Invitations for Children, Kids, Teens Adults Fourth Barbecue Cards, Red White and Blue 4th of July Military Graduation Pool Family Reunion Invite, Picnic Cookout Invites

Impress your guests; Your guests are going to love getting invited to your event with these exclusive one of a kind invitations!
Easy to write on; Thick high quality cardstock makes them easy to write on. Order to see the difference thick cardstock can make!
Postcard option; The back of the invitations are blank, which allows you to address them and send them as postcards! Envelopes are not included (if you want envelopes the size needed is A7, you can order them separately & choose any color you want!)
Love the design & quality of the invites or your money back

See on Amazon


33. Plane Invitation

Show the true spirit of the air force with an invitation themed after a plane!

Taking Flight - Airplane - Shaped Fill-In Invitations - Vintage Plane Baby Shower or Birthday Party Invitation Cards with Envelopes - Set of 12

Taking Flight - Airplane Fill-In the Blank Invitation Set INCLUDES 12 red airplane party invitations and 12 premium white envelopes. Taking Flight - Airplane fill-in invitation is perfect for any event. The airplane theme is great for a baby shower or birthday party.
Red airplane party invitations SIZE 7 inches by 4.75 inches. The included envelopes measure 5 inches by 7 inches.
The back of each Taking Flight - Airplane baby shower or birthday party invitation has space to add your party details: For: Date: Time: Place: Given By: RSVP:
PREMIUM PARTY INVITATIONS: Vintage airplane party invitation is professionally printed on heavy-duty card stock paper with a photo-like shine. They are individually inspected, then carefully packaged with our exclusive squiggle flap envelopes, making this Taking Flight - Airplane stationary set a must-have for any baby shower or birthday party.
MADE IN THE USA: Taking Flight - Airplane - Baby Shower or Birthday Party Invitations are designed and manufactured at our Wisconsin facility using materials that are Made in the USA.

See on Amazon



It’s important to take into consideration your guest’s ages and experiences before labeling foods and games with possibly triggering references to grenades etc. 

The décor will set the mood of the party while the games and food will ensure that the fun keeps going. Giving out favors is extremely important to show your gratitude for your guests. Using our ideas you will be able to throw an incredibly entertaining yet educational party honoring the spirit of the U.S. Air Force!

There is plenty to consider when planning an air-force theme party. Luckily these ideas will guide you in making the best party possible!

Written by Madeleine Desmaris and Aditi Parikh; Contributors: Jack Leduc, Ashton Leftwich and Grace Kreber

Ashton Leftwich

Tennessee Technological University

Visit profile:

Grace Kreber

University of Iowa

Visit profile:

Jack Leduc

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Visit profile:

Madeleine Desmaris

Boston University

Visit profile: