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Decorating Your Child's Birthday Party the Easy but Professional Way

Shawn Chua AKA Captain Amazing
Jan 10, 2008
What is a party without decorations?

While decorations can range from the simple to the very elaborate (and expensive), the one thing all decorations have in common is that they require planning and thought.

Here are some tips to get your creative juices flowing:

Plan your party decorations according to the party layout that you have in mind. You can focus on decorations for the performance area (or cake cutting area), dining table, and general areas. The activities area and food area should be kept relatively free of decorations to allow children and guests to play or get their food in a hazard-free environment.

Decorations you can get include: banners, streamers, balloons and centerpieces. Allow your birthday child to get involved by letting him/her choose the colours of the balloons, or even, if you wish, the theme of the party decorations. It is after all, his/her special day!

Performance/ Cake Cutting Area

The backdrop is a very important element for party decorations. This should be placed at the performance/cake cutting area. If you're holding the party at a function room, this should be on the stage backdrop. You can get a colourful banner as the center of the backdrop and get birthday flags and streamers to add to the backdrop. If you have balloons, add balloons at the side of the backdrop.

The backdrop can be themed, elaborate or simple - it is really up to you. Having the backdrop at the performance/cake cutting area, also allows you to get beautiful pictures of the cake cutting moment with a fantastic backdrop.

General Areas

Helium balloons are a favorite of children and are great for decorations. The balloons can be used to decorate the general areas. You can use colours that your child or you have chosen. Try to use more colourful balloons so as to add to the party atmosphere. If the party is themed, you could use printed balloons, or even aluminum foil balloons that go with the theme.

Keep in mind though, that children will tend to grab the balloons, so ensure that there are still enough balloons for decoration even if the children decide to get the balloons for themselves. Alternatively, get streamers for the general area as well to add colour and vibrancy to your party. This also ensures that even if the children do grab the balloons for themselves, the general areas are still decorated.

Dining Area

The dining area should be decorated but still kept generally clear so that your guests can enjoy the food. The most ideal decorations that can go on the dining tables are centerpieces. They can simply be a bunch of balloons that go on the middle of the table. This allows a continuity of the party decorations and still ensures your guests can enjoy the food without the decorations getting in their way.

If your party is a themed party, you can consider getting printed plates, utensils and napkins. These add to the general theme and look good as decorations on the whole.

Entrance Area

Besides the performance/ cake cutting area, the dining area, and the general areas, you can consider adding decorations at the entrance for your party too! The decorations can be just a simple greeting banner that welcomes your guests to the party, or you could have some balloons at the entrance to the party. This not only makes the whole party look more fun right from the start, but also has the added advantage of letting your guests know that they have reached the right venue for the party!

Some Fun Ideas with Long Balloons

Here are some fun ideas you can try out if you are adventurous! You can use the 260s balloons to decorate the general areas; however, some homework needs to be done.

260s are the long balloons that you typically see used for balloon sculptures. They are seldom seen, but they can be found easily at most shops selling party supplies. 260s come in bags of multi-colour or single colour. Get the multi-coloured assortments since you will want your party to be colourful and vibrant.

Since 260s are primarily long balloons, you will not want them plainly hanging around. Instead, use 260s to make basic sculptures for decorations. The methods to make the basic sculptures can be found easily on the Internet and should not be too hard to learn. Balloon sculptures can be hung from the ceilings if you wish or you could simply use double sided tape to tape them on the wall.

Twist the long balloons and balloons sculptures around doorknobs, furniture or standing lamps. Make use of your surroundings to help you for party decorations. If you are outdoors, the trees and shrubs provide ready-made posts where you can hang up your colourful balloons. If you are indoors, make use of the chairs and tables around you. Tie colourful 260s around the legs of tables and chairs to add to the colour and vibrancy of the party.

In fact, you can get your child involved by getting him/her to learn how to make the sculptures together and even coming out with new sculptures together. Allow yourself and your child to play around with the balloons, and you may find that the end result of the decorations may be even much better than you expected! You can get to have fun designing and planning the decorations within budget!

You can also learn how to make balloon animals. All you need to do is learn a simple one-balloon animal like a dog. Once you learn to twist a dog, you will be able to twist a multitude of different animals. It is not as difficult as you think.

Do keep in mind that while simple decorations like these can be cheap to get, you will need time to put them up as well. Remember to plan your time properly so you have time to decorate the venue before your guests arrive!
About the Author
Shawn Chua AKA Captain Amazing is a professional birthday party host with Singapore Birthday Party entertainment provider Mighty Magic Factory. He is a Master Ventriloquist and award-winning magician. As Captain Amazing, Shawn heads a team of dynamic performers and has 6 years of live performing experience. Find out more about him at Singapore Birthday Party Entertainer Company
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