And they said, let it be pretty. And it was decorated, and it was so.

And they said, let it be pretty. And it was decorated, and it was so.

Event planning is a lot like baking a delicious dish. When we bake, if we want the best result, it all comes down to several things. Preparation, ingredients, equipment and skill. Having three of the four will still get you a result, but it won’t be the ideal result. Even with the nicest kitchen, the best chef, the right utensils but old, stale or freezer burned ingredients? The result will still taste terrible.

Events are very much like the above. We can look at the different components of any event, be it a kids birthday party,  baby christening ceremony or a wedding, for example. All of these occasions have these elements : Guest list, invitations, event type, venue, food, entertainment, decorations, farewell.  And in order for any event to go as planned, its critical that each element be considered first separately, then as part of the whole.

Today’s post is about decorations, so in that context – separately, then as part of a whole – we will now elaborate.

Let’s imagine we are planning a girls birthday party. The guest list will mostly be her friends, and some family. We need to think about what this group will find appealing, in terms of decorations. This leads into a related discussion around colour, and style. You could stick with pink and frilly but that’s not going to be true for every little girls party.

Think about the individual likes, then run with colours. Do we go with loads of balloons, cheap and easy to put up. Do we stick with only pink party supplies or do we introduce other colours.  Primary colours? Tip : If you have multiple colours try to limit this to three colours, that work together. Pink, white and grey, for example. The only exception to this is when rainbow is the theme you are going with. Another handy tip is to make sure these colours continue across your event supplies, such as birthday cakes and foods.

Party balloons and helium balloons are far from the only option for party decorations. You can be as creative as your budget and imagination allow.  Tinsel is better for Christmas, but crepe paper streamers and tassel tail strings are a fantastic alternative at other times of the year.

Picture of decorative party balloons

While on topic of paper decorations, why not consider single colour pom poms made from tissue paper? A key advantage of these is that you don’t need to inflate them as you do with balloons, simply fluff them out and hang them. Plus, pom poms don’t deflate like balloons do – and we think they look a touch more stylish and special, creating an entirely different look and feel.

Picture of fluffy tissue pompoms

Pom poms have a soft, almost magical feel about them. This makes them perfect for events such as weddings and christenings. You can event include them as a theme on your christening invitations – they look stunning in this setting.

One of the penultimate party decorations would have to be a welcome banner. Welcoming your guests or wishing the birthday child with a happy birthday banner makes a statement like no other.

All of these suggestions are available to order online from many quality online shops. Naturally, we have our favourites though!

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