Using Birthday Decorations to Transform Your Next Summer Birthday

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Birthday decorations are a great way to set the theme and the tone of your birthday party. While a birthday party doesn’t necessarily require you to have birthday decorations, it can definitely improve the entire mood of the room if you do have birthday party decorations. Here are just a few of the ways you can use decorations to really enhance your next summer birthday.

Pick Decorative Napkins

Do napkins count a decorations? Of course they do! The right napkins are a great way to decorate a buffet table or to help spice up a set table for a meal. Whether you want generic “happy birthday ”napkins or napkins that shout the guest of honor’s age,  there are plenty of different options you can choose from, in a variety of different styles that match your theme or décor. Decorative napkins are a great way to add a lot of punch to a table that might otherwise go undecorated. Fast, inexpensive, and easy—the ultimate way to transform your summer birthday.

Pick Up a Table Decorating Kit

Maybe decorating for a party isn’t your strong suit. Maybe you don’t have time to actually go out and find decorations for the party. If you’re planning a summer birthday party and you need birthday decoration, a table decorating kit is a great way to get everything you need to decorate your tables. You can use these kits to mix up just about any room of your home or venue, quickly and easily. If you’ve never decorated for a birthday party before or decorating isn’t in your skill set, these kits make it extremely easy.

Grab Some More Table Decorations

Especially if you are throwing your party in a rented venue or a restaurant, where you might not have permission to hang anything on the wall, picking up a plethora of table decorations is a great way to transform the space into a real party zone. Items like festive cupcake stands and colorful paper products are both a great way to turn your space into a full-decorated, beautiful space that will be ideal for celebrating your guest of honor.

Wall Decorations by the Bushel

If you are holding your birthday party in a space where you can hang wall decorations, you have a lot more freedom to really create that “birthday” ambiance. Banners that proclaim “Happy Birthday” are just the start. Sign in sheets that match your color scheme, wall hangings that declare “Happy Birthday” and hanging paper lanterns are all great ways to liven up your space. Even if you are going to be decorating the tables, getting plenty of decorations for the walls is always a good idea. This will help to make sure your space feels fully decorated, and not like you ran in a few minutes before and threw some birthday decorations out on the tables.

Decorations for the Guest of Honor

Not all of the decorations should just be the for the walls and tables (though most of them should be). A birthday hat or a tiara is a great way to decorate not just the space, but the person who is actually having a birthday. You don’t have to stop there, either. A birthday sash is sure to draw attention to the birthday girl or boy. If a tiara isn’t really your guest of honor’s speed, you can always pick up a happy birthday crown that allows you to add whatever the most appropriate number is to the front of that crown.

There are also a number of racier options, like a “dial-a-shot” pendant that will make ordering drinks a little more fun, or a diamond shot glass necklace, so the wearer is never without a shot glass on his or her birthday.

Decorate the Food

No matter what kind of food you’re going to be serving, it should be on-theme and on-color-scheme. If you are going to be making cupcakes, make sure the cupcake liners match the other decorations you’ve chosen. We make this really easy by providing cupcake liners in a variety of colors, patterns, and shades, that mesh well with the other decorations that we offer. We have liners that will work well for both male and female birthdays, as well as those that are neutral and can be used for either.

Don’t Forget the Balloons

While, ideally, you can get helium-filled balloons to help fill a space and make it look completely decorated, even balloons that are simply blown up and scattered around the floor still make great birthday decorations. Balloons are a simple way to add more color and fun to a space, for a very low cost.

Personalized Touches

The key to really transforming a space for a summer birthday is picking a theme and color scheme that the birthday boy or girl is really going to love. If they like silly, fun decorations that make them laugh, that should be the theme of your party. If they prefer classic, more modern birthday decorations, opt for those. As with anything, it is really the details that transform a bland party into a great one. Cupcake liners, birthday hats, and table decorations can all help you turn a space into the perfect birthday party venue.

For more birthday party decorations or to help you pick a theme and color scheme, check out all of the birthday decorations Parties 2 Order has to offer.

Best Winter Birthday Party Themes

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If you, your child, or friend has a birthday party during the winter, you know how easy it is for that birthday to be overshadowed by other holiday celebrations. Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, or Kwanzaa, Thanksgiving to New Years is basically a non-stop holiday celebration, and any birthday during this time can be lost in the shuffle.

If you want to make the birthday party truly special, make it stand out from the round of Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years, and Kwanzaa parties that you might attend throughout the month of December and into January, we have a list of the best winter birthday party themes and ideas to get you started, whether you are throwing a party for an adult or for a kid.

Parties for Adults

Planning the perfect winter party for a grown-up friend may seem difficult. How do you make it separate from all of the holiday parties you and they are probably going to be attending this year? These ideas are a great place to start.

1. Winter Wonderland – Bring the outdoors in with this great holiday party idea. While we usually get plenty of snow up here in Philadelphia, there are parts of the country that hardly ever get any snow at all. Whether there’s plenty of snow on the ground or just gray skies and rain where you live this winter, deck out your party space with fake Styrofoam snow, classy penguins, and winter comfort food like stew and pie.

2. Penguin Party – Tell your friends to don their black and white tuxedos, because it’s time for a penguin party! Grab some plastic penguin toys from your local toy store or craft shop and spray paint them with metallic silver or gold paint for fancy decorations. Make a couple of fish dishes to reflect a penguin’s favorite food and then dance the night away.

3. Glitter Party – If you have a friend who loves all things glitzy and glamorous, a glitter party is the way to go. If you hit our party store before New Year’s, you’re sure to find plenty of glitter and sparkle that can be re-purposed not for a New Year’s party, but for a birthday party. You may even be able to find edible glitter to decorate a cake or cupcakes and truly make the night special.

4. Cooking Party – If you or your friend loves to cook (but could maybe use a few pointers to keep her soufflés from falling, this is the theme for you. Whether you hire a local chef to come out and teach you how to cook something (and then spend the rest of the party eating it), or just plan to spend your entire night together in the kitchen, whipping up appetizers, main courses, and desserts as you go, you’ll be toasty and warm in the kitchen.

5. Cookie Decorating Party – You probably all have cookies that you need to decorate and arrange into plates for friends, neighbors, and coworkers. Take this opportunity to make a couple different kinds of cookies and set up decorating stations. If you want to stay as far away from the holidays as possible, have each person bring a favorite recipe and try out a couple, without the impetus of making holiday plates for your acquaintances.

Parties for Kids

Having a winter birthday can be taxing on a child—they may feel like their birthday is forgotten every year, just because they it comes near the holidays. Giving them a special day and party all of their own is a great way to make sure they feel loved and appreciated during the holiday season. Here are a few winter-themed birthday ideas for kid parties.

1. Nutcracker Birthday – If you have a little ballerina in the making, centering their birthday party on the Nutcracker is a great way to both incorporate a little holiday spirit and give them a fun and unique birthday party. Look for ballerinas and Nutcrackers, as well as Mice Kings for decorations. You can even find ballerina cupcake toppers!

2. All Things Ice – Whether or not it’s cold outside, if you make it toasty and warm inside, your kids will be begging for some ice cream! Serving all things ice is a great way to incorporate the season without your child’s special day turning into just another holiday party. Ice cream, popsicles, iced tea, etc., can be used as snacks and drinks, with maybe a few warm dishes to make sure they don’t chill to the bone.

3. Ice Skating Party – Taking a group of kids ice skating can seem daunting, but once you have them all laced up and out on the ice, they pretty much take care of themselves. There are even ice rinks you can rent out just for the occasion. Bring along popcorn, your cake, and some hot chocolate mix to warm them up after a full day of skating around the ice.

4. Sledding Party – When you’re young, there’s nothing better than finding fresh snow on a hill and sledding down it. While used sled tracks make for a faster descent, new tracks are more adventurous! Turning your kid’s birthday into a sledding party is a great way to get him and his friends out and doing something active on a cold winter day.

5. Crazy Winter Clothing Party – Have you ever seen The Christmas Story? One of the best scenes occurs when the mother wraps the youngest son up in far too many warm and ridiculous-looking clothes—his brother describes him as a “tick that’s about to pop.” Why not host a crazy winter clothing party and encourage all of your guests to wear their wackiest winter gear? You’ll be toasty and warm and refreshments are as easy as hat-shaped cookies and hot chocolate.

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The Top Fifteen Party Ideas for Boys

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Throwing a party for your little boy can be daunting, especially if you are still trying to come up with an appropriate theme. You want something that will be fun for the kids, but won’t break the bank when it comes to purchasing supplies and decorations. The first step is to find a party supply store that has plenty of different plates, cups, and cutlery to choose from. Second, look through our list of some of the best and easiest party ideas to get yourself started!

1. Superhero party

There is no better outlet for your kid’s super-ness than with a superhero themed birthday party. Like most kids, he’s probably a fan of Batman or Superman. All you need to make this party great is some capes, a few snacks, and a fun superhero-themed game to keep the kids busy. A couple of fun ideas for games: a simple obstacle course with a “stranded” stuffed animal at the end that they have to “rescue” or a scavenger hunt around the backyard or neighborhood where they find different parts of their superhero costumes.

2. Dino party

If your boy loves dinosaurs, use them as the theme for his birthday! You can hide gummy dinosaurs in pudding for a fun treat, decorate the cake with plastic dinos, and for an activity, bury some plastic dinos in the sandbox or gravel and set the guests and your boy free with plastic shovels and brushes so they can excavate their own “fossils.”

3. Cowboy party

Don a cowboy hat and get ready for the wild, wild west. Set your gunslingers up with some water pistols and let them go to town while you get the grilled hotdogs, hamburgers, beans, and cornbread ready to go.

4. Monster party

Everyone loves a friendly monster! Decorating is as easy as creating a multi-colored banner and coming up with some crazy-looking monsters. Activities can range from drawing your own monsters, to making them out of construction paper, to building towns out of paper towel tubes and old boxes and then letting your little monsters knock them down.

5. Harry Potter party

As a member of the second Harry Potter generation, your kid is probably a fan of the wizard. A Harry Potter-themed party is easy and fun. Not only do most party supplies stores carry plates, cups, and cutlery that are specifically wizard-themed, it’s easy to find inexpensive costume and games. A simple game of Quidditch (the kids probably already know the rules) will round out the party with a fun activity.

6. Pirate party

With eye patches for all, made out of construction paper and some string, there is no better way to celebrate your boy’s birthday. A scavenger hunt with a pirate’s map, either just in the backyard, or around the entire neighborhood, is the best activity for a pirate party!

7. Pool party

If you have a pool in your backyard, or a neighborhood pool that lets you reserve the space for the afternoon, throwing a pool party is as easy as sending out the invitations and gathering a few snacks! All you have to do is show up. Swimming is the activity and the entire party!

8. Safari party

Another chance to plan a scavenger hunt, a safari party lets you plan something fun and interactive for the boy that loves animals. Make a list of clues that will take the guests to a number of different locations, where they can find a stuffed animal with the next clue to the next location.

9. Camp out party

While this one might require a little bit more time and effort, it is perfect for the boy who wants to have a sleepover and loves the outdoors. Set up a tent in the backyard (or, if you’re feeling adventurous, the local woods), and have an old-fashioned campfire meal, complete with s’mores, once the sun goes down. Tell scary stories, chase fireflies, and have fun!

10. Sports-themed party

Whether your little guy loves football, soccer, baseball, or golf, his birthday is the perfect time to incorporate a sport. Cookies decorated like a soccer ball, baseball, or football are the ultimate snack, and gamest that center on the sport are a great way to get everyone up off their feet and involved.

11. Military party

Not only is it easy to find camo cups, plates, and napkins (making decorating your table a snap), occupying your rambunctious recruits is as easy as setting up a game of capture the flag or laser tag. Even squirt guns, with food coloring-dyed water and white shirts to see who has been hit can occupy your guests for hours.

12. Lego party

Not only is it easy to create your own Lego men out of construction paper to act as decorations, you can bring out your kid’s giant collection of Legos and set each child a challenge to build the sturdiest bridge, the tallest tower, or the fastest car, out of the Legos provided.

13. Peter Pan party

Though you may not want him to grow up, your little guy’s birthday is a reminder that he is getting older by the day. A Peter Pan themed party can help remind you that he is still a kid and that you can hold on to this age for a few more years. Top of the party with a viewing of the movie!

14. Bug party

If your boy is like most boys, he loves bugs. Make this the theme of your party! Send him and his guests out with nets and see who can bring back the most bugs!

15. Medieval times party

Dress them up as knights and send them on a quest for the Holy Grail! As long as the swords aren’t real, let them have duels and maybe even joust with pool noodles!