Planning a child’s birthday party can be difficult, and one of the most challenging aspects is decorating the party space. If you’re not sure where to start or just need a little bit of inspiration, here are five fun decorating ideas for your little one’s summer birthday party.
Children love balloons. They’re fun and colorful, and they float in the air. But just because they’re a party favorite doesn’t mean you have to decorate with them in the same way that most people do. Try something out of the box, like arranging the balloons in the shape of your child’s age or placing balloon archways throughout the party area. You can even incorporate them into your theme. If you plan a summer outdoor birthday party, for example, decorate the area with balloon animals, balloon trees, and — if you’re feeling ambitious — an entire balloon garden.
Don’t underestimate the importance of color coordination. After all, it can make the difference between an event that looks impeccably decorated and one that looks poorly thrown together. Start by picking one or two accent colors like party designer Kara Allen did for her flavorful gumball party. Once you’ve made your selections, begin choosing additional colors and designs that match. Or for something simple, just stick with your accent colors. Remember — it’s a summer party, so avoid color combinations that are dark and drab and pick ones that are bright and cheery.
Although we don’t usually spend a lot of time thinking about lighting, it’s an important consideration when decorating any party space. Kids and parents need to be able to see, after all, and lighting is a great way to add a touch of character. Try placing adorable lamps throughout the party area or investing in colorful LED tea lights. You can even string party lights from Christmas Lights Etc around outdoor patios and trees for a magical summer effect or along indoor staircases and walls for a unique look.
Birthday activities can be more than just something to do — they can also be fun decorations. If you’re looking for a great summertime activity that kids love, try hanging a candy-filled piñata. Not only will it keep your little guests occupied, but it will also add a pop of color to the party area. Best of all, piñatas are inexpensive to buy and fairly easy to make, so you’ll have no problem getting your hands on one in time for your child’s celebration.
If you’re tired of using banners and streamers to decorate, try using something unexpected, like snacks. Martha Stewart suggests building a tree out of candy that kids can eat from and that you can use as a one-of-a-kind decoration. For some easier ideas that are just as fun, decorate cupcakes and place them around the party space, or cut fruits and veggies into theme-appropriate shapes. If all else fails, plan a circus-themed party and hand out animal cracker hors d’oeuvres. They may be simple, but kids will love them!
With these five ideas, you’ll be able to decorate your child’s summer birthday party in a way that’s fun and memorable for you and your guests!