My niece joined the U.S. Coast Guard and I wanted to send her off in style. I threw her a vintage Coast Guard themed going away luncheon. I used vintage signaling flags that spelled out her name as the banner, as well as a vintage recruiting poster for the WAVES & the SPARS. I had purchased an actual set of SPAR (the woman's division of the Coast Guard during WWII) uniform patches and family pins from WWII and had them mounted in a shadow box. The table was a mid century table of my grandmothers, and the pillow was a vintage WWII era pillow cover bootcamp recruits would send to their family members as a keepsake. Added touches, like period inspired flowers in milk glass vases, Cracker Jacks, and bottled Coke a Cola just enhanced the theme. I borrowed a current female cover (hat) from an active duty friend, and used the the airplane and helicopter models to represent the current Coast Guard and the field she is hoping to go. The treats were the awesome cake with the pinup girl, and the cupcakes. The cupcakes were placed on gummy sharks, decorated with gold stars and blue sugar anchors. The candy jar was filled with peppermint life savers. For lunch we had surf & turf; grilled tri-tip, crab legs, garden and fruit salads. The party was a lot of fun to put together and let my niece know she was joining the ranks of a long line of honorable woman that have and are serving proudly.