Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday dear — ah, you know the rest.
Birthdays are one of the best yearly occasions for dozens of reasons. Another trip around the Sun is celebrated by everyone close to you. A party consists of friends, family, gifts, and of course, party decorations.
When it comes to spending money on decorations, the cheaper the better. The real money should be spent on gifts. So what’re some good tips when you’re planning someone’s birthday celebration decorations?
Some of the best decorations can be done yourself, or at a low cost. Where should you begin?
Start small. Unless you have no budget there are simple ways to impress your guests with less.
We’re going to cover eight tips on choosing the best party decorations for birthdays. Whether you’re planning for a toddler, your parent, or a friend, make sure this birthday is the best yet.
1. Choosing the Best Party Decorations
Before diving into the specifics of party decorations, let’s cover a wide range of options. How do you pick the right decor for the occasion?
You should make a general list of the do’s and don’t before dipping into the decorations. Understand what type of party you’re having. That means considering theme, budget, location, weather, general age range, you name it.
The best party decorations are ones that work with your situation. Don’t waste your money on things that won’t “work” for your guests. You wouldn’t get a bouncy castle for an adult-themed party — or maybe you would.
Thinking ahead leads you to choose the following party decorations, all of which have their place on that special day.
2. Decide on a Party Theme
If you’re planning a birthday celebration, you need a theme. Themes depend on the age of the individual and the context of the party. Getting the theme right and consistent can keep your party in line.
There are a couple of great ideas to follow if you’re planning a party for adults.
A birthday party doesn’t have to be like the birthday parties of old. New age adult parties can be centered around something like wine tasting or a game night. For kids, cartoon themed parties are the way to go. Make sure there are plenty of activities so the kids don’t get bored.
If the date involves planning a holiday birthday, this is a great way to develop your theme.
For all the milestones you hit in life, get creative. Make the time you spend with the people you love one to remember.
3. Balloons, Balloons, Balloons
The best addition to any celebration is simple — balloons.
Balloons create an inviting atmosphere. They’re great for signaling where a party is or used as party decorations.
Whether you’re buying them wholesale or custom, balloons are a cost-effective way to create a memorable moment. Classic numbered balloons for birthdays can be used for great photo opportunities.
Nothing quite contributes to the atmosphere of a party like balloons.
4. Dessert Table
Instead of waiting to cut the cake, make life easier with a dessert table.
This is a great way to keep your guests happy and mingling with delicious treats. You can go with just about anything — assorted donuts, cake balls, fondu, you name it.
Tie the theme of your party into the dessert table. You can do this with the desserts themselves, little signs at the table, or any additional birthday party themes.
5. Gift Table
Never know where to put your gift at a party? Simplify the process and create a space for a gift table.
This is an easy way to make the presents stand out and provide a method to the madness. This can be done following the theme or adding additional signage so guests know where to place their gifts.
6. Lights, Camera, Action
Yes, lighting is one of the most important parts of party decorations. You might not realize it, but there are tons of ways to incorporate custom lighting into your party.
This is especially true if you’re having your party in the evening or leading into the night. It depends on the space as well.
If you’re in an open area, the more lighting sources the better. Some of the best lights are string lights. They’re easily set up and go well with any decoration themes covering a lot of square footage.
Directing guests through a party can be tricky without signage.
Signs coincide with the theme of your party. They’ll easily point out hot spots of the party like the locations mentioned above.
All in all, signs are a relatively cheap and effective way to explain rules to guests and signify other important information.
8. Floral Arrangements
Flowers aren’t just for women. Floral arrangements can be appreciated by just about everyone invited to your party.
You might not consider it beforehand, but different flowers mean different things. Don’t get flowers that confuse your guests. You’ll want to make sure you’re avoiding flowers intended for mourning. Instead, opt for happier occasion flowers.
This, like other decorations, is a great way to keep the theme and colors of your party consistent throughout the party.
Make the Right Decision
Party decorations are simple additions to any party, birthday or not. Just as easy as it is to get the decorations right, it’s also easy to get them wrong.
Make sure you’re considering all the information above before the big day. Sorting your thoughts beforehand means gathering helpful information.
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