Fall Entertaining Fun: How to a Host A Veteran’s Day Tribute to African American Veterans

As the daughter of a Navy veteran, I grew up attending birthday parties, holiday events, and social gatherings, either on a military base or with a group of military veterans. With Veterans Day around the corner, I was inspired to develop a Veterans Day-inspired party honoring African American Veterans, many of which are HBCU alum. To make my party easy, I used Cracker Barrel Catering online ordering and picked up a variety of items to create a dessert inspired menu for a classic Southern celebration in honor of those who have served. Check out my tips below for creating your own at home celebration with ease thanks to Cracker Barrel Catering. We can’t wait to see the memories you make and the traditions you pass down on social media, be sure to share with the hashtag #blacksouthernbelle.

Fall  Entertaining Fun: How to Host A Veteran’s Day Tribute to African American Veterans

Coffee Bar Fun:

 These military thermals are a great party favor to celebrate the Veterans in your life. A coffee station is an interactive way for your guests to mingle and pairs perfectly with desserts. You can get the following items at Cracker Barrel:

Tervis Tumbler for Army, Navy and Marine Corps- Link to Purchase here: https://shop.crackerbarrel.com/search?query=military ( Do we have a better link for the exact products?)

Cracker Barrel Coffee: Link to purchase (https://shop.crackerbarrel.com/food-candy/beverages/cracker-barrel-coffee-regular/290246) ( Do we have a better link for the exact products?)

Military Inspired Stationery: 

My love of stationery and thank you cards came from the number one Veteran in my life, my dad. You can use red, white and blue as the color scheme and incorporate memories of the Veterans in your life or military facts such as the HBCUs with ROTC programs. 

Veteran Gallery Wall Inspiration:

 I collect military art and love have it hanging on my wall. If you want to create an instant photo station, a gallery wall of your favorite military-inspired items is a great way to start. Using photos, flags and frames, you have a gallery wall your guests won’t forget.

 Red, White & Blue Buffet Table:

We always find a reason to set the table in the South. With the patriotic theme in place, I used a variety of linen napkins, candle holders and dishware to create a distinctive Veteran’s Day party look. I completed each set with a Cracker Barrel biscuits with red and blue sprinkles for guests to enjoy.

Red, White & Blue Sugar Cane Soda Vignette: 

A snack station is always a fun way to display food and beverage for your guests. For this station, we chose artisan chocolates, as well as sweet, cane sugar sodas. We chose the following items for our soda station:

Big Red Soda: https://shop.crackerbarrel.com/food-candy/beverages/big-red-soda/407027

Dad’s Soda:

Mr. Brown



Dessert Bar with Red, White and Blue Sprinkles and Fruit Toppings: Instead of a traditional meal, we went with a dessert bar paired with fresh fruit and colorful toppings. The menu, all available at Cracker Barrel includes:

  • Double Chocolate Fudge Coca Cola Cake
  • Baked Apple Dumplin’
  • All-American Apple Pie

***This post was sponsored by Cracker Barrel. All opinions are my own.***

Michiel Perry

Michiel is a Black Southern Belle living a lowcountry life. I love all things fashion, home decor and southern! When I am not running around doing fun stuff for Black Southern Belle, I live in antique stores and have a minor obsession with historic homes 🙂

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