How To Decorate For A Party
Learning how to decorate for a party is a must have skill for party hosts and avid entertainers. Whether the party is a basic gathering of a few friends or an all out celebratory event, party decorations help set the mood and tone of the occasion. For those wishing to decorate beyond colored balloons and streamers, there are a few simple steps for party decorating that can be followed no matter the size or manner of the festivities.
Items Needed to Decorate for a Party:
- A party theme and color scheme
- Entry way decorations
- Table linens or paper party supplies
- Themed or color coordinated party area decorations
- Plan ahead when choosing the party’s location. Will the party’s primary activities be held indoors or outdoors? Will there be a tent outside to offer shelter to guests and the décor if rain should move in—or must the party move inside instead? Plan accordingly because you may need to decorate an alternate location as well. Remember too, if you are renting a party location, there are likely facility rules regarding decorations—and how quickly after the party those decorations are to be removed. Going overboard on decorations at a rented site may make cleanup an unwelcome chore at the end of a long party.
- Try to take advantage of the existing décor offered by the party site. Choose a location in the backyard somewhat naturally decorated by the landscaping—or an indoor area that fits the spirit of the party to minimize needed decorating.
- Choose a theme and color scheme. Some parties are themed and color coordinated for you, such as a Halloween party. Other parties; however, require some decisions on your part. If themed luaus are not in your party planning character, that’s okay. It is possible to host a backyard barbecue themed gathering without buying out the novelty shop. Simply decide what type of party you are hosting, whether it is a backyard barbecue or a formal dinner party and begin to look for decorations suitable to that type of party. As for colors, choosing favorites or those related to the theme or already prominent in the party’s location help transform the surroundings.
- Choose your decorating style and budget. Some opt to decorate every area of the home that a guest may enter during the party while others decorate only the designated party spot. Some hosts choose elaborate, over the top décor while others select few items. Remember that the party is about celebrating an event or relationships—not about cool table centerpieces, so choose the style that makes you and your guests the most comfortable. If your party budget is small, choosing a few great decorations instead of many lets the host put more of the budget into other party needs.
- Set the tone and formality of the party with the decorations. A formal dinner may require table linens and chair covers, candle light or themed centerpieces—but, not paper party plate place settings. A buffet style football viewing party on the other hand may be more suited to easy to clean plastic table coverings and football jerseys draped over chair backs. Match the party tone with the level of décor.
- Do not forget to decorate the party’s entry way. Guests see the entry way first—it’s the first true sign that there is a party waiting. Be sure to decorate this first impression area according to your chosen theme and style in addition to the main party area. It really helps the guests get into the party spirit as soon as they arrive.
- Party decorations can have a life after the party. If you plan your decorations well, and choose items that have a purpose or that you would like to display in the home, it gives the party décor added budget value. With a little planning and forethought, your party decorations may not be banished to a dusty box in the attic. Depending on the party’s theme, it may be a great time to also check out some dusty attic boxes for creative decorations as well.