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10 Easy Party Backdrop Ideas

Howdy folks!  Happy Friday and cheers to the weekend.  I wanted to pop in today and give you some really great, easy ideas on how to make a party backdrop.

I feel like there’s nothing that ties a party together than a centralized focal area that has a great backdrop.  I’m sure you can feel intimidated when you search for something like that on Pinterest.  But I’m here to tell you there are a ton of ways to make a really amazing party backdrop that’s really easy.  Let’s get started!

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10 Easy DIY Party Backdrop Ideas

1. Wall of Balloons

If you were around during my series on balloons, then you know how versatile they can be.  I love the idea of using balloons as a backdrop and making them into a wall.  You can do that by tying their strings at different lengths or just taping them to the wall.  These glue dots work best if you plan on taping them to the wall or each other.

2. Shower Curtains

After the most recent baby shower I planned, I fell in love with using shower curtains as a quick and easy backdrop.  I used some command hooks to hold mine up.  Here are a few shower curtains that would be so cute as party backdrops.


Three of them are from the same company, they have the cutest designs. *Affiliate Links used above

3. Flowers

I love a good large paper flower and use them for a lot of different parties.  They add so much dimension and interest to a party.  The tutorial above uses foam as a backing which I think it pretty clever.  The best way to make a statement with a flower backdrop is by using a large number of them.

4. Crepe Paper Garlands

I’ve made these large fringed garlands several times for different parties.  You can see them here and here.  They are pretty quick to make and cover a large area.  I love the color combination of the ones in the picture above.

5. Tassel Garland

Tassel garlands have been all the rage for awhile now and you can find a bazillion tutorials on how to make them on Pinterest.  For a backdrop though, I love the idea of layering each garland over another to make a bigger statement.

6. Pinwheels

Paper pinwheels are another easy, inexpensive, way to make a large party backdrop.  Layering them over one another in a range of colors that match your party theme looks awesome.  You can typically buy packs of pinwheels at party stores for not very much, so just a few different packs and you’ll be in business.

7. Wrapping Paper

This one is so easy, just find a wrapping paper that ties into your party theme and tape it to the wall behind a dessert table, gift table, or food buffet.  One thing to use and your done!  You could always add other things to it, but it’s great by itself too.

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Black and white wrapping paper as a dessert table backdrop

8. Paper Plates

Probably one of the easiest backdrops you could ever do is to use paper plates.  I’m over here, like why didn’t i think of that?  So easy to just tape them up, and so cheap to make a big statement with them.  Love all of these bright colors!

9. Cups on a String

Another way to make your party backdrop tie into your party is to make a wall hanging out of paper cups.  The picture below is just for inspiration.  It’s a similar concept but using a string of lights.

To make a cup backdrop without the lights, just poke a hole in the bottom of your themed cups, run a string through the hole and then tie a knot in the string on the inside of the cup.  Tie the cups at different lengths to add dimension and interest.

10. Letters

I’m loving the new trend of letter balloons, but they are kind of expensive.  So if you want a cheaper alternative, try inexpensive block letters from a craft store to spell out a fun phrase that ties into your party.  Or you could even just make your own out of cardboard or fun scrapbook paper.  The key with a letter backdrop is the bigger the better!

I hope you feel inspired to add a large focal point to your next party with one of these easy DIY party backdrops.  Using a little creativity and supplies you already have on hand for your party is all you need to amp up your party backdrop.

Have a great weekend friends, come back next week as we start to gear up for St. Patrick’s day, Easter, and all things Spring!

 

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Real Life Party: Up, Up, and Away Gender Neutral Baby Shower

Welcome back everyone!  I hope your week is off to a great start!  I’m so excited to share this gold and white gender neutral baby shower with you today.  It means that we’re getting closer to a new niece or nephew!  Recently, my sister-in-law asked if I would help host her baby shower.  I, of course said yes!

It was a bit of a challenge because it was located about 12 hours away from me and it was a gender neutral.  I’m so impressed that they have made it thus far without finding out the gender of the baby.  I am such a planner (shocker!) that I would have to know beforehand.

Because I’m a little particular about parties and how they look (again, shocker!), I ended up taking a lot of party decor with me across three states, haha!  For the other things that I didn’t take or couldn’t fit in my car I ordered through Amazon prime and had them sent to the party location.  What did we ever do before Amazon prime?  And I apologize to my sister-in-law who had to deal with a ridiculous amount of boxes coming to her house before the shower.

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So I really wanted to focus on a fun gender neutral theme for the party.  My sister-in-law and her husband love adventure and exploring.  You can see their wedding here.  I decided to go with an Up, Up, and Away theme hoping that it kind of tied into their love of adventures.  The main colors were a very neutral white and gold.  Plus, gold let me add a bit of sparkle 😉

gold gender neutral baby shower, baby shower ideas, gender neutral baby shower cake, gold and white baby shower decor, baby shower brunchDecorating for a party at someone else’s house also proved a little challenging.  Thankfully having been to my sister-in-laws house plenty of times, I kind of knew where I wanted to set things up beforehand.  I did a large backdrop in front of the dessert table.  Using Command Hooks to hang a shower curtain made taking the decor down a breeze without damaging any walls or putting anything permanent up.

I then made these large fringed garlands to hand in front of the shower curtain.  You can see where I made blue ones in this post.  I found a great three pack of large crepe paper at a decent price so I had to share it with you.  You can find it here.  The colors are a true gold, silver, and copper.  I’m excited to use it for other projects too.

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Thankfully a friend let me make this “Oh, Baby” cake topper on her cricut machine.  It turned out so cute.  I just hot glued it to some skewer sticks and popped it into the cake along with a hot air balloon cut out.

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gold gender neutral baby shower, baby shower ideas, gender neutral baby shower cake, gold and white baby shower decor, baby shower brunchYou can’t go wrong with a donut tower at any kind of party.  But especially for a brunch, they work perfectly.

Up, Up, and Away Themed Baby Shower Brunch Menu

Speaking of brunch, we had a great spread of food.  Lots of great breakfast options and lunch options.

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Plus I added in some store bought chicken salad, croissants, and my other sister-in-law is the charcuterie master.  She knows how to set out meat and cheese like no one else!

No brunch is complete without mimosas.  I set up this little drink station and it just goes to show you that you may have to think outside of the box when party planning.  Without an ice bucket we got creative and used a pretty silver bowl to keep the champagne on ice.

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Gender Neutral Baby Shower Decor and Favors

I added some hot air balloons throughout the party to tie into the theme.

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I highly recommend setting up a gift station/favor takeaway area/guest book situation for any kind of party that people bring gifts to.  It keeps everything in one spot.  Having it at the entrance of the party tells people what they are supposed to do with gifts.

The table near the front door was perfect for everyone to leave gifts, sign the guest book, and take a fun caramel popcorn favor for the road.

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That wraps up this gender neutral baby shower. Now we just have to wait about another month to get to meet the little guy/girl.  I was so excited to do this party for my sister-in-law and know that this baby is going to be so loved (because it already is!).

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Valentine’s Day Snack Time Party

What’s a better reason to celebrate than snacks?!  My daughter is ALL about snacks!  She’d literally eat them all day long and never have a meal if I let her.  What is it about a snack that make kids so happy?

So in honor of snack time and the fact that we won’t be around our friends on Valentine’s Day I decided to throw a snack themed Valentine’s Day party for my daughter.

Here are all the details of what snacks we had, the tablescape, snack buffet, and crafts we made.  It’s so easy to celebrate, just invite a few friends over and set out some snacks.  It doesn’t have to be elaborate or fancy.  Just spending time with friends is the goal!

Valentine’s Day Party Snack Buffet

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I set up a little snack buffet of goodies all kiddos will love.  Mini oranges, cheese sticks, and Valentine’s treats like cookies and cupcakes.  other really good snack options are pretzels, popcorn, carrots, and apple slices.

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I can not get over how beautiful these sugar cookies are!  I got them from a friend of mine that makes beautiful and delicious cookies.  She owns Cookieliciousness and you can find her on Facebook here.  Go order some NOW!

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Valentine’s Day Snack Party Tablescape

I set up a fun color scheme table so my daughter and her friends could chow down on these snacks.  I used our DIY valentine’s holders as a placemat and as a way to collect the valentines that everyone brought.

A simple piece of wrapping paper covers my table to keep it safe and clean while tying into the theme.  Adding some colored napkins and color themed plates ties the whole table together.

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How cute are those handwritten names on the Valentine’s?  I’m getting so impressed with how well my daughter is learning to write letters. Thanks preschool 😉 kids Valentine's day party ideas, kids snack party, Valentine's day snacks

kids Valentine's day party ideas, kids snack party, Valentine's day snacksThis is one reason why I love party styling.  Tying fun straws to the juice boxes took an extra couple of minutes, but it made the table so much cuter.  Adding a little extra time or effort can really enhance the look of your party, but it doesn’t need to be anything over the top. kids Valentine's day party ideas, kids snack party, Valentine's day snackskids Valentine's day party ideas, kids snack party, Valentine's day snacksThese cookies were a big hit.  Why are these soft sugar cookies so delicious?  I know they are not good for you, but man they are tasty.  This little lady obviously loved them. And she had so much fun playing with her friends after not seeing them for awhile because of being sick.

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There were oranges offered to so there was a somewhat healthy alternative to cookies.  #balance

This was a really fun way to host a playdate.  It’s something anyone could do, just invite friends over and provide snacks.  The kids will love it!

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DIY 5 Minute Party Banner

Welcome back from Thanksgiving friends!  I hope you had a great day filled with family and food!  Now it’s on to Christmas!

This time of year is so busy with holiday parties, seasonal to dos, and getting ready for Christmas.  So, if you have something else to celebrate, a birthday perhaps, but no time to prepare for it, today’s post is just for you.  How would you like to learn how to make a party perfect banner in about 5 minutes or less?

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5 Minute Party Banner Supply List

It’s so simple and you probably already have all of the materials on hand at home.  Here’s what you’ll need to make this 5 minute cocktail napkin party banner.

  • Cocktail Napkins
  • Twine
  • Hole Punch
  • Scissors

how to make a diy party banner, easy party banner, party banner with cocktail napkinsTry picking cocktail napkins that match your party.  Either use some in the color scheme of your party or with pictures, patterns, or words that go with your theme.  I love finding super cheap and fun cocktail napkins at places like Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, and Homegoods.  They always get me in the check out line by putting the cute, inexpensive stuff there, so it usually ends up in my cart.

5 Minute Party Banner How To

First you’ll need to punch holes in your cocktail napkins.  There are several ways to to this depending on how you want your napkins to “lay” when hung up.  I’ve done it at the corner and across the top to get different looks to the banner.

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how to make a diy party banner, easy party banner, party banner with cocktail napkinsNext, you can cut the napkin to make it into a pennant shape if you want.  To make the green pennant above I folded the napkin in half and cut on the non-folded side.  I just cut a diagonal and it makes a symmetrical cut out on the bottom of the napkin.

Then, just string the napkins onto twine, string, or ribbon through the holes you punched out and hang up your banner!

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Party Banner Ideas

This party banner is so versatile too!  Mix it up with different cocktail napkins, different colors, or fun sayings.  I’m loving those “Eat. Drink. Mingle” napkins!  It would be really fun to mix up the pattern of the napkins as well.  Alternate two or three different colors or patterns for your party.

Try using this quick banner to help someone celebrate all kinds of things.  Hang it in your teenagers car for their birthday.  Use it to decorate your co-workers cubicle when they do a great job at work or get a promotion.  Welcome home celebrations, a birthday party banner for Jesus on Christmas, the options are endless.

Use white cocktail napkins and have your party guests decorate each napkin with drawings, notes, or signatures.  Kind of like a party guest book.  This would be a great idea for a going away party, graduation party, or retirement party.  Instead of storing the napkins and notes after the party, just take a picture of each napkin note and compile the pictures into a photo book.

So many uses for this simple party decor.  Party banners are definitely one of the things that I think are essential for any party!

 

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The Anatomy of a Dessert Table

Once again, I feel like a “real” blogger today with my good friend and photographer snapping all of these dessert table photos for me. Check out her contact info at the end of this post.

I recently put together a dessert table for a party and thought, there is definitely a bit of a science behind this so I wanted to share some great tips with you.  I think there are four main things you need when designing or setting up a dessert table.  Keep reading to see all four of them and a ton more ideas too.

How to Set Up a Dessert Table

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1. Height

Be sure to vary the height of your desserts.  A good rule of thumb is to put the things in the back higher so they can be reached.  A variety of heights also adds a ton of interest to your table. I used some wood slices, different height cake stands, and a variety of candy jars to differ the heights of my table.

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To tie the whole table and party together use a backdrop.  Having a backdrop at your dessert table makes it a focal point of the party.  It also allows you one big area to go overboard with the theme.  And it makes all of your desserts pop.

For this dessert table I simply used some kraft wrapping paper as a backdrop and added some paper flowers and a super quick banner.  I’ll be doing a tutorial post on that banner soon.  I love that I could just write whatever I needed on the wrapping paper backdrop.

Other great ideas to make an easy backdrop are to use tablecloths, shower curtains, balloons, or streamers.  I love the use of decorated pallets at this rustic wedding as a backdrop.  Flowers, banners, and lights are also really great options.

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So this may be a no brainer, but to make a dessert table, you will need a table or something similar to set all of your desserts on.

Instead of just using a table think outside the box and use what you have around your home.  Try using a dresser, a collection of side tables, a bar cart, wine barrels, or a vanity as a dessert table.  Using something unexpected really adds dimension to your dessert table.

Obviously a tablecloth is a great way to tie into the party color scheme.  I highly recommend investing in a plain white linen tablecloth.  You’ll be able to pull it out for so many occasions and it looks so much better than a plastic, themed, throw away tablecloth.  I promise you’ll get your money’s worth out of it.

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You can’t have a dessert table without the dessert!  I love all desserts, but having a variety ensures your guests will find something they like.  Mix it up with cookies, cakes, pies, cobblers, candy, cupcakes, or macaroons.  Not a baker?  No worries, your local grocery store has plenty of options for you.

I didn’t bake a thing for this dessert table, but picked everything up at the grocery store and didn’t break the bank.  I was excited to see so many options too.

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Do you have any other ideas that you feel need to be part of a dessert table?

Photos courtesy of the talented Tricia at Tricia June Photography.  Email for info at tjephotos@gmail.com or visit her Facebook page here.

 

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Celebrating everyday!