An alternate title to this post is: How To Decorate For A Party So Well That Nobody Notices When You Leave Said Party To Hide In Your Room To Read… Because The Decorations Look That Good.
With the exceptions of our annual 4th Of Juluau and Halloween parties, our hosted social functions mostly consist of spur of the moment shindigs involving a lot of running around and throwing stuff together at the last minute. Okay, wait, no… that’s how we throw all of our parties, even the ones we’ve been mentally planning for months. Maybe that’s how everyone throws a party? Procrastination is somewhat of an art in this house, and I’ve got my last minute party decoration set up down to a science. As you may or may not know, it’s pretty easy to break the bank when you’re setting up for a grand event, but I’ve come up with some surefire cheapskate ways to decorate that will save dough and wow your guests. Plus, they’re easy peasy lemon squeezy.
Exhibit A: the gender reveal party we threw for some of our best friends who are expecting their first baby. I was elated at the chance to get to put this soiree together because it combines so many things that I love: Babies! Booze! The colors blue and pink and yellow! Pregnant friends! Secrets! Guessing games! Secrets Revealed!
I set this all up in the span of 2 hours, then I had to stand back and applaud myself because everything looked so cute.
TIPS FOR GOOD/INEXPENSIVE PARTY DECOR:
- get creative with balloons and streamers! cover a wall with streamers or balloons and you have a great photo back drop to impress all of your friends on Instagram.
- two words: Candy Tray. two more words: Make One
- THROW CONFETTI EVERYWHERE, WORRY ABOUT CLEAN UP AFTER.
- spray paint is your best friend! (I spray painted our recycled Topo Chico bottles and some old vases different shades of blues and pinks and can always repaint them for future events)
- use paint samples from the hardware store to make triangular, colorful garland.
- make a signature drink with whatever is in your liquor cabinet.
- match La Croix boxes and cheap candles to the color scheme.
- don’t tell spray paint, but food coloring is also your best friend (dye the shit out of some ice cubes)
- HAVE. A. CAKE. GUY. (my sister is a culinary genius and my go-to Cake Guy)
- keep whatever decorations you can salvage because you can reuse more than you realize.
Okay now that I’ve listed some of the ways I decorate for a party, I don’t sound like such a lazy gal after all. Effort or not, my favorite part of any party we throw is the part where I can sit back, drink a beer, and let everyone thank me for putting it together. YOU’RE SO WELCOME!