Decorations add fun and excitement. A little creativity goes a long way and you don’t have to spend a fortune.
Fun Decorations for a 1st Birthday Party include:
- large number ones cut from brightly colored paper and hung around the party location
- favorite photos of the birthday child
- stuffed animals
- Happy 1st birthday banner or poster for guests to sign and add their best wishes
- helium balloons and streamers to match party theme
One of the easiest ways to decorate for a party is to purchase partyware sets, consisting of matching table cloths, plates, cups, and napkins, that convey the party theme.
A word of caution, sometimes less is more when selecting themed partyware. For example: if the tablecloth, plates, cups, and napkins all have the same design, it can be a bit visually overwhelming and difficult to find things on the table (they all blend together). Sometimes it’s better to buy a couple items in coordinating solid colors.
If you’re on a tight budget, look for partyware at your local discount store (Target, Walmart, Kmart, etc.). The selection may be a bit limited, but the prices are often less than party stores.
Balloons provide a lot of impact for little cost. Just be aware that latex balloons only “float” for about 8-10 hours, so don’t buy them too far ahead of time. Mylar (foil) balloons last for days. Be careful not to order more balloons than you can safely transport in your car.
Streamers are another easy and inexpensive way to make the party location look festive. Hang a fringe of streamers over the doorways or make a canopy over the cake by attaching streamers to the light fixture and twirl them down to the corners of the table.
Make a welcome sign on poster board and have a giant card for guests to sign and add artwork to.