Written by contributor Summer Robertson of House & Hold
I love birthdays. I love birthday weeks. I love to go all out & throw birthday morning parties, making my family feel extra special. But? I honestly don’t like to spend a lot of time (or money) and always seem to run last minute. A few years ago I had accumulated quite a stash of birthday decorations & supplies – some bought, but mostly handmade.
And it hit me: I never have to plan anything ever again! With all of the supplies on hand, I could assemble a Birthday Party Kit! And with some strategic planning, I could re-use decorations in different ways to make it unique for each birthday.
On the eve of a birthday, I pull out my kit, decide on a couple decorations. String it up & bam. Party time, ready for birthday morning. Maybe not less than 5 minutes…. but close. A complete list of what to include in your Birthday Kit is outlined below.
Pick 2 areas of your home that you will always decorate. My 2 areas naturally ended up being the mantle in the living room and the dining room. These will be the 2 areas that all of your decorations with “work” in, and will look knock-out fantstic every time.
Decide what will go in both areas. And stick to it. Then you will not have to think about how to decorate. Only make & buy decorations that will fit/work in the designated space.
My first area to decorate is the mantle in the living room. It’s the spot where I hang the “happy birthday” banner, a balloon chandelier (more on that later!) and add a bit of color (a bit of frill or crepe paper).
Next, I decorate the living room. I hang 2 buntings criss-crossing each other from the ceiling. I have accumulated quite a selection of buntings & fancy crepe paper over the years (and will share more on that later this month!). Regardless of the materials, I always make the buntings the exact same length so they fit in the space every time. I have installed hooks in the ceiling where I hang the buntings for easy installation. Using decorative washi tape would also be fun.
After the 2 main areas are decorated, I spend a few minutes on the goodies, setting up the dining table. I throw out a few party favors (keep a pack of treat bags on hand & trinkets from the Dollar Store for an instant sibling party favor), little washi tape flags for cupcake toppers (I serve cupcakes for breakfast! A simple 1 bowl cake recipe is good to have in your arsenal.), candles, straws and napkins. I generally do not go for themed birthdays. I do however, indulge and buy themed napkins or plates of a favorite character (not pictured). And don’t forget the confetti! A total mess, but loads of fun.
What to include in your Birthday Party Kit
(and most of it’s from the Dollar Store!)