Looking at certain social media sites can really set you up for disappointment when it comes to party planning. While those intricate fruit displays that create an image are cute, and even artistically fabulous to look at, making them is a whole different matter.

If you are like most of us, you are looking for party favours and ideas that fit into your tight schedule and budget.

However, the following tips will help you with your party decor needs:

  1. Make A Plan

While creating a list, months in advance for a four-year-old’s birthday party might be extreme, you want to avoid the opposite as well. Especially with younger children, it can be easy to put off until the last minute, when you realize that you have virtually nothing prepared.

However, if you give yourself four to eight weeks of planning, you will be able to shop around and get the deals you want.


  1. Think Beyond The Big Box Party

Though big box stores carry most of the items needed for birthday parties, they are far from your only resource. Open your eyes and expand your mind to see what else you can find.

If you are having a movie-themed party, pick up a few posters to use instead of the cheap party prints that you find in the party section. Take a look at the wrapping paper as well to find simple and fast table covers.

Teacher supply shops have all kinds of toys and games for youngsters while dollar stores can have untold treasures lurking in the aisles if you look for them. Teacher supply stores those selling arts and crafts materials are other good sources for party favours. Don’t forget to check the web!


  1. Centerpieces And Attention Grabbers

If you want to be sure that your theme is clear from the moment someone walks in, make sure you have at least a few eye-catching decor pieces. Though you might discover gorgeous little toys and decorations that match the theme, they will go unnoticed if the theme itself is not clear.


Superhero Plate | The Little Event Company


  1. Coordinated Colors

Once you have a couple of decor items with a high visual impact, you can find less expensive pieces of accents. Look at the main colours in your theme, and find plain papers, cups and napkins that match. Kids won’t notice that their favourite superhero isn’t on the plate if the beloved character is highly visible elsewhere.


  1. Balloons, Balloons, Balloons

Nothing says “party” like a bunch of balloons. These are an economical way to add to the festive decor. Blow up some balloons for the kids to kick around on the floor and add some helium-filled balloons to help fill up the room.

You have three options for helium balloons, starting with purchasing them pre-filled from the store. However, they might begin to waver as the party goes on. Rent a helium tank if you want to fill them on site so you know they are fresh. Alternatively, invest a bit more and have your own helium tank for this and future parties.


  1. No Streamers

Sure it seems like streamers show up in every party you see on television or in the movies. However, the reality is that getting them to twirl and hang just right is no fun. The time and effort could be better spent elsewhere. For instance, the balloons mentioned above.

  1. Purchase Reusables

If you will be throwing birthday and other parties throughout the year, it only makes sense to invest in reusable items. For instance, a cupcake stand can be used repeatedly, even when you have just made cupcakes for the family. Look for banners and other items that could safely be stored until the next kid’s birthday party rolls around.


Raising kids is a lot of fun and a lot of work. Planning and executing a successful birthday party is something that many parents stress about. However, you don’t have to fall into that trap. These seven suggestions will help you to make the best decision for this party, and other ones that will come along over the years. Planning well gives you the opportunity to enjoy the event when party day comes around.