Deployment "hand" flag. I stole this idea from Central Texas Christian school. I used the "hands" of our battalion's soldiers kids (wow, that is a mouth full!) to make them 'welcome home' banners. A cheap sheet and some kids with paint on their hands or even construction paper hands will work well.
Forget beer "cakes"! Made my husband this Jack and Coke cake for Fire Academy Graduation out of a large bottle of Jack, several cans of coke, smaller bottles of Jack with honey (the candles) and then some black duct tape and twine. Perfect country boy gift!