Party decoration ideas

These party decoration ideas are suitable for any occasion, whether it's a birthday, anniversary, or engagement party.

These are general ideas which are versatile enough to adapt to different types of parties. Therefore they are probably best suited to parties without a strong theme - perhaps just a color scheme.

If you are looking to give your party a clearly defined theme, check out my list of Party Themes A-Z. Each theme listed on that page contains a dedicated section of party decoration ideas to fit in with that theme, from sophisticated garden party ideas such as The Secret Garden theme, to more outrageous and risque themes such as The Seven Deadly Sins.

 

 

Party Decoration Ideas

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Lighting has a huge impact on the atmosphere of a party, so line the entrance route with paper luminaries to create a lovely warm glow as guests arrive.

You can either fill these with a little sand and pop a jam jar with a votive candle inside or, if you want to be really safe, use a battery powered LED candle with a flickering flame effect or one of the special base holders below.

Alternatively, you could use hurricane lanterns (below right).

 

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Cut Out Luminaries (various colors & patterns)
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Luminaries
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Personalized Luminaries (various designs)
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Flickering Flame LED Tealight
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Luminary Base Candle Holder
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Hurricane Lanterns

 

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Paper Candle Lanterns
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Flickering LED Candles
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Water Lanterns

 

 

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Crepe Paper Streamers & Garlands

A really cheap and easy way to create impressive looking backdrops for bars, dessert or buffet tables is to hang crepe paper gardlands vertically (see below left from Martha Stewart Weddings for an example).


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Tissue Paper Gardlands

 

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Alternatively, for an even cheaper option just twist and hang crepe paper streamers in tight vertical lines from floor to ceiling. See this picture, below from aestheticoutburst. blogspot.com for an example - although I would suggest making the vertical lines even tighter so that there are smaller gaps between each one.

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Crepe Paper Streamers

 

 

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Crepe Paper Streamers

 

 

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Streamers (traditional colours) or Streamers (more colors)

 

 

 

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paper lanterns & tissue pom poms

Paper lanterns or decorative tissue pom poms are a great way to fill the empty space above the dining table, bar, or dessert / buffet table.

You can use battery operated LED candles / bulbs inside the lanterns to make them glow without having to worry about power cords (available from the same paper lantern suppliers below).


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usa flagPaper Lanterns (great value for basic colors & shapes)

Paper Lanterns (extensive range of colors and shapes)

Lantern String Lights

 

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Paper Lanterns (UK)

 

 

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Paper Lanterns (Aus)

 

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For tissue pom poms in your area, see the links below :

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Tissue Pom Poms (most basic colors)

Tissue Pom Poms (wedding colors)

 

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Tissue Pom Poms (UK)

 

 

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For outdoor events, hang jar lanterns en-masse from tree branches or trellis.

This photo ( from Martha Stewart Weddings) shows how effective this can be.

 

 

 

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usa flagSee here for hanging jar lanterns such as the ones in the top row below (available in more colors and shapes)

See here for other lanterns such as the ones in the bottom row below

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uk flagFor UK visitors, see here for these economical hanging jars (below left)

Or here for more decorative jar lanterns icon(below center and right)

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fairy berries

Another great lighting trick which works really well for outdoor parties is to scatter these 'Fairy Berry' lights (below) around the garden or hang from trees and bushes using the recessed hooks. These 3/4" diameter balls contain small white LED lights that slowely fade on and off, creating a moving firefly effect. Check out the video on my Garden Party Decorations page for a demonstration.

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crystal beaded curtains

garden party decorations crystal bead curtainsFor outdoor events, hang strands of crystal bead curtains from trees in clusters at varying heights.

Make sure you angle some light towards them (or mix in some hanging candles) so they twinkle.

See more photos of these, and the 'bubble curtains' (below right) on my Garden Party Decorations page.

 

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crsytal strand

24ft Strand $3.99
just cut into different size strands
beads by the roll

Beads by the Roll
including Diamond Cut (above) and other shapes
acrylic ball floating bubbles

bubble curtains (wholesale price: min order 2 curtains)

 

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Personalized Banners

A personalized banner (with or without a theme / photo) looks great hung over your dessert / buffet table to create a focal point in the room.


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usa flagThis supplier has a great selection of themed banners for kid's icon

This supplier has a great selection of banners for all ages and occasions

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uk flagFor UK visitors, its worth browing both this site, and this one as they both have different themed banners which can be personalized.

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spandex chair covers & sashes

spandex chair coversOne way to give your party a professional feel is to make sure all the chairs have a uniform look. Often, if you're using mis-matched chairs or chairs that don't fit with the theme of your party they can really clash and it detracts from the overall aesthetic.

Matching the chairs with the table linen is one of the reasons the table styling always looks better at professional weddings or events. If budget permits, use these simple stretch fabric chair covers which come in black or white.

You can then add a splash of color that compliments your party theme by adding a colored sash (below left) or band (below right).

 

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Supplier 2: Chair Covers, Sashes, and Bands

 

 

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Spandex Chair Covers

 

 

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life size cut outs

Life size cardboard cut outs are a great way to mark out the entrance to your party. Postition at the end of your drive, or at the front door, to greet your guests as they arrive.

These cut outs are created from photo's that you upload, therefore they're perfect for theme parties. Upload a photo of the guest of honor dressed in a costume relevant to the theme. For example your child dress as Elmo, Darth Vader, or a Pirate.

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Life size cardboard cut outs

You can also combine these with a motion-activated voice recorder (for under $10, USA only) which allows you to pre-record a short 10 second message which is activated
when someone passes the cut out.

 

 

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personalized yard signs

usa flagPersonalized yard signs and a cheap and easy way to mark out the entrance to your party.

 

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Balloons & Accessories

Balloons are really cost effective way to decorate large areas at a party.

You can also arrange them into vertical rows, floor to ceiling, to create a 'wall' of balloons to act as a backdrop to bars, dessert or buffet tables.

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See here for balloon accessories, such as decorating tape (below left), helium tanks (below center) and balloon sticks (below right).

 

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props

Use cheap toys, novelties, and inflatables as props to decorate your party or to add elements to your table decoration.


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usa flagSee here for a good selection of cheap novelties, toys and props

This site also has some great supplies, including a wide selection of inflatables

 

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