How to Decorate for a Birthday Party


Decorating for a birthday party can be as simple as adding a few balloons, to extravagantly decorating for a themed birthday party. There are several things you should consider before decorating begins--including whom the birthday is for, the birthday person's likes and dislikes, how many guests there will be, what your budget is, what the theme is and what the age of the birthday person is. All of these will help determine how simple or elegant the decorating should be.

Things You'll Need

  • Balloons Ribbon Tablecloth(s) Paper plates, cups, napkins Party favors Streamers Cake candles and cake toppers Happy Birthday banner Tape
  • Begin decorating for a birthday party at least one to two hours before guests are expected to arrive. You need to give yourself enough time to get everything set up the way you want it. You also want to be able to enjoy the birthday party with the guests and not be in the middle of decorating when the party starts. Give yourself enough time to complete the decorating.

  • Blow up balloons either by doing it yourself or by using a helium machine (these can be rented). Add long pieces of ribbon in the birthday person's favorite color to the helium balloons and attach to each of the guests chairs. If you are blowing up balloons without a helium machine, then decorate with them by using small pieces of tape on the knotted end to stick to table ends and backs of chairs, or leave the balloons loose in a pile. For a unique look to your birthday decorating, use shaped balloons. Make sure loose balloons are only used for birthday parties where everyone is over the age of 3. Balloons pose a choking hazard for children under this age and should be avoided.

  • Lay out the tablecloth(s) on the table or tables set up for the birthday party. Solid colors or even white disposable tablecloths work well with any kind of decorating. Themed tablecloths can add to the birthday party's main theme if you have decided to go with one. Next, add the place settings or your paper plates, napkins and cups. This is one of the most important parts of decorating for a birthday party since most of the time is spent sitting at the table. Set up a small table where guests can pile up the gifts they bring for the birthday person. A present pyramid can add to the decorating scheme of the birthday party.

  • Place party favors or goody bags on each guest's plate prior to the party. Sometimes this is done as everyone is leaving, but if it is done as part of the decorating for the party before everyone arrives, it adds benefits. Party favors and goody bags for children's birthday parties can keep them occupied while the adults do other things like prepare the cake, cook a meal or organize presents. The table setting also looks nice when you use party favors as part of the birthday parties decorations. Some suggestions for party favors for different-themed birthday parties are pirate-themed treasure chests, car-themed matchbox cars or princess-themed royal crowns for each guest.

  • Hang the Happy Birthday banner and streamers as the last part of decorating for the birthday party. The banner should be hung where the guests will see it as they enter. Use tape or thumb tacks to secure the banner to a wall, door frame or even the table if there is not another place to hang it. Use tape to hang the streamers in rows across the room. You can use one solid color, the birthday person's favorite colors or a mix of colors that match the rest of the party's theme.

Tips & Warnings

  • Carry tape on you during the birthday party to fix any decorating that make become unsecured.

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