Throwing a birthday party, baby shower, graduation party or any other kind of event can get expensive quick! Your party decorations don’t have to be expensive though! Use these easy party decoration ideas to create beautiful DIY party decorations custom fit to your event!
The Circus’ birthday is in May and the kid has been talking potential party themes since January. Nope, not kidding. I’m not surprised either though. She always gets into the party planning for her birthday and we do love to throw a good party around here. At the moment, she’s going between a dance party birthday and a dolphin birthday party. Yes, complete ends of the spectrum. She’s also considered, but upon further evaluation nixed a Power Ranger party and carnival themed party. Personally, I’m 100% on board for the dance party birthday. I’m seeing a red carpet flanked by “doormen”. You’ll of course have to be on the VIP list to get in. Inside, I’m seeing a dance floor complete with a disco ball. Upon further thought, maybe that should just be my birthday party. 😉
The Circus’ birthdays have always been filled with lots of homemade party decorations that were cheap and easy to make. After six parties, I’ve come up with quite a few DIY party decorations that can work not only for birthday parties, but also for baby showers, graduation parties and more. Just take the general idea and modify it to fit your party’s theme or colors. 🙂
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Easy Party Decoration Ideas
Custom DIY Party Invitations
Have’t made those party invitations yet? No worries! I’ve made all of the Circus’ party invitations using PicMonkey so that I can easily customize them to her and her party’s theme. Use this tutorial for a basic party invitation and this one for making the farm themed one you see above.
DIY Party Backdrop
My most tried and true party decoration – a party backdrop made from plastic tablecloths. We’ve had one of these for four out of six of the Circus’ birthday parties and I’ve also made a couple of these for baby showers as well. These are the perfect focal point for your party. Place it behind your cake table, present table, or just leave it on an open wall to work as a photo backdrop too. If you’re using a banner, it’s the perfect backdrop for your party banner too. This thing is so easy to make – all you’ll need are a few plastic tablecloths, scissors and table. Full tutorial for this one HERE!
Easy Party Banner
Speaking of party banners, this one is easy peasy to make. No fancy Silhouette or Cricut required – just trace and cut. Find out how to make it here!
If you want to be more elaborate with your party banner…
I made this superhero style banner with Picmonkey. You can switch up the design to work with your party’s theme. See how to make your own HERE!
Budget Flower Arrangements + Cheap Centerpieces
For the Circus’ farm party, I wanted simple, but pretty flower arrangements on each table. Premade, ready to go arrangements aren’t cheap. To keep things wallet friendly, I bought three different bouquets of three different kinds of flowers, then mixed them all up in mason jars for the tables.
If some kind of animal works with your party theme, raid your kid’s toys for little plastic animals, then adorn them with mini party hats. I borrowed farm animals from the Circus then topped each with mini party hats made from cupcake liners.
DIY Cake Topper
Cake toppers can add so much to a cake and the party decorations and they can be super easy to make! I did the one above for the Circus’ first birthday using just scrapbook paper, stickers, ribbon and straws! You can easily customize it with colors, patterns and wordage for your party. I did a similar one before for a wedding shower and used the couples monogram on the topper. Find out how to make it HERE.
DIY Cupcake Holders
I made these cupcake holders using items from a thrift store and they added so much cuteness to the food table! I made mine white so that they can work with any party decor. The top has an inset that allows you to put a round piece of cardstock in, so that’s another place for you to add some color and decor! Find out how to make these cupcake pedestals HERE!
This is one of those party decorations that everyone will love to spend some time looking at – a picture collage. If you’re doing this for a birthday party, obviously doing it with the birthday number is a no-brainer. If you’re doing it for a wedding shower, use pictures of the couple both together and separate as they were growing up, then put the photos in the shape of what will be the initial of their last name. For graduation parties, select a picture or two from each year of the graduate’s school grades, then put them in the shape of their initial. More on how I did the one above is HERE!
DIY Party Hat
This will always be my most favorite party hat. 🙂 I made this using good ole’ scrapbook paper and yarn pom poms. Super easy. Super adorable. See how to make your own party hat HERE!
Semi-Homemade Party Decorations
A great way to save time, but still have custom party decorations is to embellish store bought decorations. I like to call these semi-homemade party decorations. 😉 For the ones you see above, I bought plastic horses at the Dollar Tree then painted them in bright colors and glittered their manes. Then, I just glued them on the store bought party hats and wall decorations. See more about it HERE!
DIY Party Decorations that will become keepsakes…
To decorate some of the tables at the Circus’ farm party, I made some simple stencil art that was customized for her party theme. We hung onto these afterwards and now they are hanging in her bedroom! Obviously, farm animals and horseshoes aren’t going to work for every party. 🙂 For things like wedding showers, do art with the couples’ monogram, initials, future wedding date, etc. For baby showers, ask the parents-to-be how they are decorating the nursery and make the art match the nursery so they can use it in there afterwards!
Personalized Table Decor
Another great table decoration here – add height and personalization by making personalized cutouts relevant to your party theme. These were for the Circus’ birthday, so they have the birthday number on them and her initials. If you’re doing it for a wedding shower, make a bride and groom, rings or “I do!” cutouts. To make my cutouts, I bought a graphics file on Creative Market, then loaded them into my Silhouette to cut out.
Any budget homemade party decorations you can add to this list?
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