The birthday venue is home turf, and you have to rustle up a theme and some visuals to put everybody in a party mood. Champagne, oysters and candlelight won’t do for a kids’ party. That takes some theatrical skills, an eye for color the brighter the better and a hefty dose of imagination, an unusual focal point, an engage-the-unruly-guests activity, or a talent for doing a lot with a little to save your budget and the day.
Don’t settle for a balloon default as tie-on-the-special-birthday-chair decor. Highlight the prince or princess with a clever wall hanging you can redeploy to the nursery or playroom after the party. A long straight branch, painted or left natural, is the “curtain rod” for a waterfall of colored paper; hang it on invisible fishing line from two small eye hooks in the ceiling to avoid extra holes in the wall. This is best home decor for birthday.
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Fold brightly patterned and foil origami squares point to point to make triangles. Stitch about 40 triangles into a continuous strand on your sewing machine, leaving a good length of thread at the start for tying on the tree limb. Space each triangle and sew them into a strand points down to avoid jamming the machine. Tie strands of colored triangles along the branch to make the waterfall and hang it behind the birthday celebrant’s place at the table.
Conscript a handful of volunteers to donate their hot air to a great balloon blowup before the party. An air compressor is faster and easier if you have access to one you’ll need a lot of balloons. Choose balloons in party decor colors and tie them on strings to make long strands; weave two or more of the strands together to make a braided garland. Curve the garland into an arch around the entry to the party room, using low adhesive or double stick tape.
Rustic country decor is a practical style that uses natural materials functionally and also frugally. This is good news if you’re a country homeowner on a budget. You can find most of the rustic furnishings you need at yard sales and maybe in your own attic. Rustic decor is simple and spare, but it can still be cozy and comfortable. To create a country bedroom with a restful atmosphere, cover a bare floor with an inexpensive cotton rug for a bit of texture underfoot.
A vintage iron or wood bed complements country decor, but a budget-friendly bed frame works just as well. Dress the bed in white sheets and layer it with quilts. If you prefer new bedding to vintage, look for economical lookalikes at home-goods stores. To create privacy, hang flour-sack towels from a rod or wire above the windows. A secondhand dresser holds clothes and extra bedding; a wooden crate tipped on its side doubles as a bookcase and bedside table.
Rustic Living Room
In your rustic living room, a neutral palette is traditional and soothing. If your country home has plank or stone floors, leave them in their natural state. If your floors are vinyl or laminate, warm them up with a hand-me-down braided rug or a scattering of inexpensive rag rugs. Accent the walls with planks of salvaged barn wood. When you furnish your country home’s living room, save money by choosing used pieces. Spruce up a lovingly worn sofa and chairs by covering them with vintage quilts or throws.
Nothing tells the story of an era better than vintage bedroom wall decor, which encapsulates the dreams of past generations. To create a vintage ambiance, opt for vintage colors, wall decor and wall treatments that embody an era’s defining imagery. From the 1930s to the mid-1960s, period styles often overlap, containing references to preceding eras but maintaining time-specific characteristics. Feel free to filter in some items from a previous decade to increase the authenticity of your vintage bedroom. For instance, though the Jazz Age was its heyday, Art Deco works in ’30s and ’40s bedrooms, especially less opulent Deco items.
Create a Depression era-farmhouse bedroom, while filtering in some Dime Store Deco accents. If WPA posters aren’t your preference, hang an assortment of pink, Depression glass plates, which often feature Deco motifs. Painted, white decorative plates correspond with a white iron bed and a white, popcorn chenille bedspread. Choose simple floral wallpaper or paint your walls in the favored muted hues of the era: dove-gray or grayed lilac. A white, glass oil lamp on an embroidered, skirted table adds a vintage touch.
Bring post-war optimism to bedroom walls with the ’40s jewel-tone palette. Deep reds, blues and greens enliven walls, or use floral wallpaper and floral prints in simple frames, which echo the era’s emphasis on home and hearth. Your Colonial-style poster bed with a ruffled canopy top pairs with a skirted dressing table stool and a glass lamp with a scalloped-topped, melon shade. Use carpet, the increasingly popular 1940s alternative to wood flooring. For plainer bedrooms, opt for ’40s Deco furniture, a gymnasium clock and ’40s travel posters.