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Party Decorating 101
You've set the date. You've sent your invitations. You may have even baked the cake. Now, how to decorate? Here's our basic guide to setting up the perfect party space. You can style the space using whatever theme or colours you like, and our basics suit every milestone event. Once you master the basics, you really will have party style!
- Start with a blank canvas. Choose your space and remove all decorative elements such as table covers, picture frames, and other household bits and bobs. Clean it, polish it, sweep the floors and dust the surfaces. Make it clean and blank. This is the best place to start!
- Move the furniture to suit the party. Think about how many people you will have at the party and how you want them to mingle. Create some seating spaces for those who want to sit, some tall stations for those who mingle standing up but will need somewhere to rest their drinks, and some floor space for dancing, games and activities. You'll need a dedicated cake table, somewhere for guests to put their presents and gifts, as well as plenty of space for food to rest and entice.
- Cover the tables. Your next step is to cover the tables with your table cloths and table runners. Fun party table runners can take a simple white table to the next level for your party, so think about investing in one or two to add some sparkle to the party decorations.
- Hang the Banners. Decide where your main party banners will be placed. Generally, you will want to hang one over the party cake table and perhaps also at the entrance to the party space. As this is one of the essential elements, start here on the walls. Attach banners using Blue Tac or double sided tape. You can purchase non-marking double sided tape from most supermarkets and discount department stores.
- Blow up the Balloons. Most parties have balloons and we highly recommend you invest in hiring a helium canister for your parties. Party balloons are pretty inexpensive but make a huge impact on the look and feel of the party space, and if you blow them up with helium and cluster your balloons, they will look sensational. Helium canisters cost around $75 for 100 balloons from your local party shop. You will generally have to pay a deposit which you will get back when you return the canister at a later date. Simply fill up your party balloons with the gas, attach some balloon ribbon (pre-tied balloons ribbons will make your life much easier than tying them individually) and let them all hang from the ceiling. Once they are all filled, cluster them in groups of about 6-10 balloons, tie the strings together and attach to a balloon weight. Balloon weights can be the back of a chair, kitchen utensils with enough weight (if they will be out of sight) or purpose made balloon weights which can be used as party table centrepieces. For a standard space, you will want around 100 balloons and even more if you budget will stretch further. Try and have your balloon clusters in all corners of the room and on either side of the main tables that have the cake, presents and food for perfect party decorating!
- String the bunting, streamers and flags. Paper or plastic party bunting is a gorgeous addition to any party if your budget allows. There are many colours available to suit every theme. String your bunting from corner to corner in your room or if you don't have bunting, streamers twisted also make a lovely decoration from the ceiling hung in the same way.
- Hang the lanterns. Party lanterns are one of our favourite decorations at Pink Frosting. They are really inexpensive, easy to use and can be reused at future events if you pack them well. Using either paper ball or shaped lanterns, hang them between the bunting to centre your decorations. You can hang different shaped and sized lanterns to create a fun space. We like to create some symmetry with our lanterns by having them in two or three sizes, running around the room.
- Put your cake and food out. Place your cake and food onto their tables as you're now ready to decorate the tables for your guests. Once you decide where to place the cake and food, you can then decorate around them. Generally, keep the cake at the back in a corner which has visual focus for your guests as this is the main centrepiece of most parties. You don't want to have the cake damaged, so having it at the back of a table is also a good rule to follow. It can be moved front and centre for the cake ceremony.
- Place table centrepieces in place. You might be using honeycomb decorations, floral arrangements or other table centrepieces. Now is the time to put them in place as you will place streamers and scatters around them.
- Put out your party favours and party supplies. Party favours often add a wonderful decorative edge to your party, so place them all out together to create a fun and colourful display. Your party supplies such as party hats, plates, napkins and more also need to be placed around the party space so they are easy to access for guests to use throughout the celebration.
- Scatter your tables with fun! The final part of the decoration process is to add table scatters, confetti or party streamers to the tables to bring more colour and themed style to your space. Parties are a time to go overboard, so little scatters or colourful boat streamers make a wonderful final touch.
- Stand back and be critical. Once you've finished decorating, stand at the entrance of the party space and critically examine how it looks. If it looks unbalanced or there are areas that seem blanker than others, then move items around until you're satisfied with the results.
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