Birthday Party Decorations That Wow

It doesn’t take much to turn your home into a party space. Pick a few of these simple ideas to add a festive flair.

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Garlands Galore
A homemade banner can pack a big decorative punch. Check out these designs that can be reused year after year.

Have Fun with Streamers
You can twist, wind, braid, and curl crepe paper. Get a lot of bang for your buck with this affordable and versatile party material.

Cool Dot-Com Decor
Stylish and affordable party supplies from our favorite stores.

Fancy Table
Make your table shine by using the snacks as creative decor.

Check out the next slide to see our fun decorating tips.

Birthday Party Ideas: Daisy Balloons

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Garland: Baby Face

A photo of your little one is just the thing for an intimate family celebration.

Stick Around garland

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Garland: Stick Around

Spell a message by adhering string to cardboard circles with letter stickers.

Tie the Knot Garland

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Garland: Tie the Knot

Loop your scraps around a long ribbon to make a quick decoration.

Wall Flowers Garland

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Garland: Wall Flowers

All you need is decorative paper and a punch to make this colorful garland.

Ding-Dong! Garland

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Garland: Ding-Dong!

Paper cups form sweet bell-shaped ornaments to string up at the party.

Fun with Streamers

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Yay for Streamers

A-door-able! Stripe a doorway with a few different colors. Use painter’s tape to adhere the fringed curtain to the wall.

Or try these other cool ideas:

Birthday Throne: Wrap your child’s chair at the dinner table as a fancy birthday treat.

Curb Appeal: Proudly announce the birthday to the neighborhood by decorating the fence, front yard, or porch.

Puff Piece: Gather 25 8-inch strips of crepe paper in the center with a rubber band. Using scissors, carefully curl the ends to make a cute pom-pom.

Party table fringe

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Dot-Com Decor: Fun Fringe

Spice up a table with some colorful fringe.

Party table fringe, $16, available at

How to Make a Crepe-Paper Lantern

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Dot-Com Decor: Raise the Flag

This adorable paper pennant fits perfectly in card or cake.

Paper flag pennants, $8 for 12, available at

Dinosaur cupcake set

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Dot-Com Decor: Dino Touch

If your tot loves dinosaurs, dress up some cupcakes with these cute toppers.

Dinosaur cupcake set, $12 for 24 cupcake liners and 24 cupcake toppers, available at

Felt stripe hat

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Dot-Com Decor: Party Hat

Give your little guest a fun felt party had for the birthday bash

Felt stripe hat, $7, available at

Fruit party straws

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Dot-Com Decor: Fruity Sip

Kids will love to sip their punch through these fancy fruit straws.

Fruit party straws, $6 for 24, available at

Fancy Table: Edible Landscape

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Fancy Table: Edible Landscape

Make your snack table come alive with a few simple steps (and delicious treats)! Cover a table with butcher paper and paint it into the cutest buffet ever. Plan out your masterpiece according to your bowls and platters. Pizzas make great wheels, and silicone cupcake liners work perfectly as caterpillar cookie stands.

Cootie Catcher invite with little girl

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Originally published in the May 2009 issue of Parents magazine.

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