How to Decorate a Table for a Birthday Party

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When decorating a table for a birthday party, you need to keep in mind the party's theme, the age range of the guests, and the use of the table. You may only have one table to decorate, but if you're going to have a gift table, a buffet table, and multiple tables where your guests will be eating, you'll want to decorate all of them to match.

Things You'll Need

  • One tablecloth per table
  • Double-sided tape
  • One centerpiece per table
  • For each table, a piece of clear plastic larger than the top of the table
  • Decorative items that match your theme
  • Place settings for each guest (cups, plates, silverware, napkins)

Step 1

First, put your tablecloth on the table. Once the tablecloth is positioned so that it's centered on the table, secure it by sticking a few pieces of double-sided tape under the tablecloth and pressing each piece against the underside of the table. A few pieces on each side will suffice.

Tip

    • Choose a tablecloth that is long enough to drape over all of the edges of the table by at least a few inches.
    • For a kids' party, choose an inexpensive paper or plastic tablecloth.
    • For
      an adult party, you could go with cloth, but you
      can also choose paper or plastic, depending on your budget.
    • Choose
      a tablecloth in a solid color that goes with your theme, or you can go
      with basic white, which will go well with any theme.

Step 2

Put decorative items that match your theme on top of the table cloth. This could be confetti, flower pedals, photographs, cutout pictures from magazines, stickers, or other small, thin items.

Step 3

Put a piece of clear plastic over the decorative items. Use a couple of pieces of double-sided tape to secure the plastic to the tablecloth.

Step 4

Put the centerpiece in the middle of the table.

Tip

    • Your centerpiece should be something that emphasizes the theme. For example, if you have a beach theme, your centerpiece could be a bowl filled with shells and sand.
    • A vase of flowers in the theme colors is always an appropriate centerpiece.
    • For a party in the evening, an arrangement of candles works well as a centerpiece.

Step 5

You'll need plates, silverware, cups, and napkins that match your theme. These can be a solid color, or they can have a design on them. You can either set each place setting with these items, or if you're serving the meal buffet-style, you can place these items at one end of the buffet table instead.

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