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.