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February 5, 2019

I am apart of my JROTC ball committee and I need help with ideas for the ball. It has to be related to the military. The date is March 9. Please I need help and I have limited time for thinking!


February 5, 20190 found this helpful

You can have a historical theme. Decorations from the World Wars, Vietnam War, Korean War, etc. Each table could be dedicated to a different war.

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February 5, 20191 found this helpful

The 75th anniversary of D Day is this year (2019). Why not have a 1944's theme (40s) with cars from that era if anyone in your town has them. Play swing music, how old news reel clips on a big screen in the background. Add some neat art deco servicing pieces and 40s food favs like corn dogs (newly invented back then), banana fritters, and fruit cake.

Best wishes on your event!! Have fun with it!

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I am in the new battalion S1 NCO at an Army JROTC school in Murfreesboro, TN. Our military ball is in the winter. What should I do for the theme?


April 28, 20180 found this helpful

A winter wonderland theme would be fun and appropriate for the time of year.

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May 31, 20180 found this helpful

that sounds really fun and exciting.

some ideas are

- does your school have a mascot of some type? Could it be a theme around that? IE a common mascot could be The Patriots, so you could have a historical/George Washington era theme or an American flag theme


- is your town particularly proud of a historical moment, maybe a decisive Civil War battle? The theme could revolve around that battle. It looks like Stones River National Battlefield is a big deal in your area, the theme could revolve around that
- does your town have a specific plant, flower, or animal theme? This link could provide ideas
- you could always open it up for discussion, have 8 or 10 people provide different ideas and y'all vote for the best one
- you could just pick your school's colours and go with that as a theme

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August 24, 20180 found this helpful

Our School mascot is the Blackman Blaze. Our football stadium is called Dante's Inferno. Please get back to me as soon as posslible if you have any ideas.

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August 24, 20180 found this helpful

Movie themes are always nice for a dance. Pinterest has many ideas you could borrow from to get you started. See this


There are movies that already have Dante in the title, like Dante's Peak and Dante's Inferno...

WARNING AND TALK TO AN ADULT--be sure not to violate any copyrights...but you may be able to show these movies at the event AFTER YOU check with an adult to make sure they are appropriate--I have never seen I have no idea of this is appropriate--just ideas for what you can do if appropriate)

Good luck with your theme!

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I have volunteered to help plan the military ball for my husband's Army unit. The ball is going to be in October, so I was wondering what people have done for October balls. What would be a good theme for that time of year? I want to bring some really good ideas to our first meeting in a few days.

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July 25, 20110 found this helpful

Are you the one in charge of ideas? I would think this should be discussed in the group. I have found from previous experience, no matter how good I thought my ideas were nobody else in the group felt the same way. I have seen pictures that my now "ex" took at Marine Corp balls, when he was young and single and there weren't decorations, other than ones related to the Marine Corp.


However, fall leaves, combined with pumpkins will always work for that time of the year, then add a few candles. I don't know what great ideas there are, if you want it to be tasteful. Otherwise there are all kinds of "cutesy" decorations available. I am assuming you want the ball to be tasteful.

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July 25, 20110 found this helpful

Do a little research on important Army related events for that time of year. October just screams Halloween, but personally, I think something else would be more appropriate for a military ball. Oct means eight if that is any help. What does this unit do? Could that be used as a starting point for a theme for the ball? Could it celebrate unit's achievements, present and past? Hope this helps.

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July 25, 20110 found this helpful

At Cloeelizabeth, thanks! that's actually a very smart thing to do.

At redhatterb, we have our very first meeting in a few days, and I believe that's when all volunteers are appointed to something. We were just told to be ready to make decisions and I wanted to bring up some really good ideas since I'm really in to the whole decorating thing & the pumpkin thing is cool and yes, I would rather have a tasteful ball. It just seems right because it is the Military ball!

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July 26, 20110 found this helpful

You could do a moonlight theme. OR, you could do 'Through the Years" See if the wives or husbands can provide a picture from basic training & possibly a few more from the service time of the soldiers. Make several collages to be placed around the room. Tables can be decorated with flags from different countries where various servicemen & women have served.


You could even use momentos from different bases. Name the tables after generals, or even better, name the tables after different wars. The Civil War table could have decorations from the 1800's (model canons,etc.), WW1 & WW2 tables could have model airplanes or ships from that time. Have a tribute corner for fallen soldiers.

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March 15, 2009

I am with the Bryant, Arkansas AFJROTC and we are having a military ball in April. We don't really have a theme or anything of that sort. I didn't know a military ball did that kind of thing. I am in charge of the decorations and all that stuff. We are also trying to think of a trinket type thing to give out to the dignitaries and cadets. Can you please help me?



March 16, 20090 found this helpful

Why not make it historical? Pick a year, say 1812, and the guests are invited to dress in the period costume. Since formal events haven't changed that much, you wouldn't need much in the way of different decoration. Maybe hang up a picture of James Madison, and get people to debate whether they would vote for Madison or DeWitt Clinton.


Get people to get into the "year".

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March 18, 20090 found this helpful

For trinkets... small American flag lapel pins? I'm pretty sure those would work for both guys and gals.

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March 23, 20090 found this helpful

Here's something I've done for ladies' banquets at church, but I think would work well for your occassion too.

Use 1 foot square mirror tiles on the tables. Place a bud vase off-center with flowers (silk or real) in it. Place pretty high heels 1 on each side facing different directions. Drape cheap pearl or beaded necklaces over the high heels.

Another thing I use a lot of is bridal tulle. I wad it up and twist it, run it down the center of a long table or pile it up in the center of a round table. You can place all kinds of things in the puffiness of the tulle. Be careful with candles though.

Candles give a romantic feel.Tiny twinkling Christmas lights are beautiful as long as you have a place to plug them in, and the cords are out of the way. They are also pretty wound through artificial trees. I've used the Christmas lights under tulle on a long buffet table. Ivy is useful for twining around.

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December 27, 20150 found this helpful

Greeting, I'm cadet Lt Bannister at an AFJROTC unit where I currently reside as the Vice Corps Commander. As an oversight to Military Ball I can tell you that choosing a theme is challenging. I've watched my unit brainstorm for 2 months with a different theme each week. However my advice to you all is to get out of the "Military" idea. Show your unit that you are capable of creating new and different ideas. Its a military ball, they expect you to make it about the military, but spice it up and surprise them. You can look at prom themes to set up your unit's ball. Be creative and think outside the box.

Good luck and remember to dance the night away!

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January 10, 2016

So I'm one of the head cadets working on the military ball projects and I can't find a venue in Chattanooga that's close to the school. Plus I can't find underwater themes, velvet ropes, and like a huge sailboat prop for pictures. So if anyone knows anything to help me please help because I need it ASAP before April.


October 1, 20170 found this helpful

Since this is a military ball, you'll probably want some of military unit insignia displayed i.e. unit flag/guidon, school flag, American flag, branch of service flag. Use the appropriate colors for flowers and other decorations.

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March 15, 2009

I'm in JROTC and every year we have a Military Ball. This year we are having it in March and I can't think of a cool theme except St. Patrick's day. Can someone help me?

Ellie from Coker, AL


Military Ball Theme Ideas

My name is Andy, and I happen to be chairperson of our decorations committee and lo and behold; I get to pick the theme.

My advice is to look not just at the nearby holidays, but also times of year (in your case, spring) and recent fads (movies, songs, etc.) and base it around those concepts. Start thinking specifically how you would want your personal perfect ball, discuss it with others and form up your design templates.

The best thing you can do is make several general suggestions and bring it before other people. The more brains you have, the more ideas you'll get. Also, look at the color scheme of the place you have to work with, that could help push you in the right direction. Hope it goes well, good luck! (11/13/2008)

By Andrada

Military Ball Theme Ideas

How about...Marching! Seriously, how about spring? Or, since it rains some, how about an undersea theme? Or you could forget that it's March and pick a theme that is unrelated?


By Kim Churchman

Military Ball Theme Ideas

How about "March of Progress" celebrating the armed forces through the years? (11/13/2008)

By Chris Richman

Military Ball Theme Ideas

How about Julius Caesar and the Ides of March? (11/16/2008)

By mklema92658

Military Ball Theme Ideas

Our military ball idea last year was Midnight Rose, and the year before it was A Night in Paris. This year I'm in charge as well as in the past, and am trying to think up some answers as well. I would also suggest that you try and go onto stumpsprom, on line. It's a magazine for dance themes and what not, as well as favors. We're a navy school. (01/07/2009)

By Lieutenant M

Military Ball Theme Ideas

Lt. M,

As for ideas for the military ball- my son's JROTC is also in March. I'm not sure what part of Alabama you are in but one of the themes which I suggested to the cadets was Tropical Nights. I thought of this theme because: we are in Florida, its spring time and will be nearly time for spring break. Being that you are in the Navy - it may be an idea- match it with a beach of white sand- (which you can almost make from white tablecloths or sheets). Use tropical flowers and candlelight for the tables, along with champagne glasses, etc.

But above all stay in cost, (don't over spend) ask your Navy Parents Support Group to assist you. Being president of my son's JROTC parent support group I find parents who are willing to assist, have talent, and though they don't have much time are willing to assist anyway that they can.

Good luck to you and your school- and hopefully we will meet each and all who read this post at Nationals this spring in Daytona Beach. Its a GREAT event just to watch, and even more an honor to be able to participate in. (01/28/2009)

By Mary Triplett

Military Ball Theme Ideas

One popular theme is a Decades dance. You could decorate for the 50's, 60's, 70's, or 80's using old records, plastic bead curtains, or disco balls. If it's allowed in the rules, you could have everyone come in costume. Play a mix of music from the chosen decade along with more recent hits.

Hope this helps,
Megan (02/06/2009)

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November 12, 2008

I need some ideas for a theme for a military ball.



Military Ball Theme Ideas

Go to Google and type in theme for a military ball. You should be able to find some ideas that way. (09/11/2007)

By Marjorie

Military Ball Theme Ideas

I didn't know military balls had themes other than the unit itself. Usually, there are protocol rules for each unit. Make sure you are familiar with them. I don't know whether this is for student military academies, college ROTC, or a regular military unit. If you still need a theme, try Casablanca or John Phillip Sousa. (09/13/2007)

By Carrie

Moonlight Military Ball Theme Ideas

Hi there, my name is Lindsey. I'm a year 12 student in a Coromandle area school and we are having a ball in 5 weeks. I am chair person of the ball committee and would very much like to help you.

This year we are having a night themed ball. We have decided to call it "Midnight Enchantments" and our saying is "(u)Anything could happen(/u)"
As a Senior student it was my duty to get student voice in what we were going to do for our school ball.

We have come up with:

  • - Black curtains
  • -A disco ball for our moon
  • -Poly.. shaped stars dangling from the roof (made ourselves)
  • -Strobe lights
  • -Smoke machines
  • And we are still planning the rest. If you would like to know more about our school ball, I don't mind writing to you every time we plan or change something.

    By Lindsey

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