Kid Party Decorations

Kid party decorations are essential for creating that perfect party atmosphere and it's amazing how far a few balloons can go.

The thing to remember is that you don't have to spend a fortune on kid party decorations. Think of all those scraps, loo rolls and old Christmas cracker hats lying around and what you can do with them. A little imagination can go a long way and what's more the kids will have a great time helping you. MAKE YOUR OWN DECORATIONS and save a fortune.

If you haven't got the time or the inclination to be creative well don't worry as I can point you in the direction of some good GOOD VALUE PARTY STORES.

Kid Party Decorations Basics

Set A Budget
Set yourself a budget and don't get swayed if you can't afford it. Don't forget that you can also pick up some absolute bargains on eBay.

Age Of The Kids
What sort of age group will there be?
I find toddlers are less interested in decorations but more interested in toys and things to play with. Teenagers too too are less enthused by decorations but the food and activities will be important to them. So don't go overboard and plan decorations around what you can afford, the room itself and the age group of the kids.

Tip: Don't forget that burst balloons create a choking hazard for the under three year old so clear them up immediately.

Plan a Decorating Theme
Choose a theme based on color or the party theme. Having a theme of sorts, stops you buying anything and everything. If you are on a budget, balloons are a fantastic way to give a party atmosphere.

The Wow Factor
Have one special feature that is special. This could be a table centerpiece or a huge balloon bouquet or anything that you feel would make the kids go "WOW"!

Decorating Space
How many rooms do you want to decorate?
Sometimes it's a good idea to make certain rooms out of bounds if you want to avoid too much mess and do remove fragile or precious items. Kids do like space and there will be a lot of very excited guests. Push furniture back against the walls and tidy away any ornaments or furnishings you don't want spoiled.

Tip: If you're very worried about your carpet/flooring, consider buying some cheap plastic sheets or grass mats to lay down.

Cups And Plates
What type of plates and crockery to use.
Do you want to use disposable cutlery and crockery or food boxes that save on the washing up and broken plates? Make sure the disposable cups aren't too flimsy as with little kids paper cups tend to get a bit soggy round the lip and thin plastic ones tend to get crushed by little hands. The same applies to paper plates.

Tip: I always write names on each cup and plate (or stick pictures on) to save mixing them up, as the kids always forget which one is theirs.

Are You Serving a Meal or Snacks
Is it a sit down meal, buffet or snacks?
Remember if it's a buffet, the guests will need somewhere to sit. We often lay down a big mat which all the kids sit on and have a sort of indoor picnic if it's too wet or cold to be outdoors. If you want to use a table, cover it with a plain paper tablecloth and let the fun foods be your decorations.

Tip: To cut down on the kid party decorations cost, don't have the party around a main meal time and that way you can get away with serving just a few snacks.

Make Your Own Kid Party Decorations

At our house, we have a big metal trunk, known as the scraps trunk and my daughter Ellie has a field day making kid party decorations, name badges for her guests, creating food labels and sticking together colored paper for streamers. Here are a few kid party decoration ideas to get those creative juices going:

  • Buy a cheap white paper tablecloth and get your child and/or the guests, to decorate it with felt pens.
  • Make your own party bags using colored cellophane and ribbon. Or try small plain grocery bags that you can decorate with glued on scraps or marker pens.
  • Don't throw away used decorations. Bring them out for the next party - most kids will have forgotten that they had them the year before, especially if you add in the odd new thing.
  • MAKE YOUR OWN PINATA - It's not difficult.
  • Buy in bulk - you can never have too many balloons and it works out much cheaper in the long run.
  • If you see a particular store/cinema display that will match your party theme, ask the store if they will let you have it when they have finished with it. Often they just end up in the bin, so why not grab them first.
  • If you are on a budget, it is amazing how balloons can add a whole new look to the scene and they are not expensive. Buy the biggest you can and cluster them rather than putting individual balloons around the place - it is much more effective that way.
  • Create your own party banners using cheap drawing paper. If you need some paper then you can get a BANNER PAPER ROLL here which is specifically for creating banners.

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