Step 1: Make paper rosettes
Step 2: Make pennant garlands
Step 3: Make toppers to decorate the buffet
You’ll want to decorate the reception area if you’re having a birthday party. Usually, your party decorations will benefit from a limited range of colours. Choose two or three colours that match each other, and make all your decorations in those colours! Why not opt for homemade decorations so that you can choose the colours to the exact shade?
Here are three ideas for making birthday decorations. These are suitable for both adults’ and children’s birthdays.
1. Make paper rosettes
Get 3 sheets of A4 paper of the same colour and double-sided tape, then:
Fold one sheet lengthwise into an accordion, with even folds about 2 cm wide.
Fold the accordion in half, then tape the two ends together with double-sided tape to make a fan.
Make 3 fans and glue them together to make the rosette.
You can make several rosettes in different sizes and colours and attach them to the wall with masking tape or paste.
Note: Personalize the rosettes by gluing paper dots in the center if it’s a child’s birthday. Print a few small images from the Internet corresponding to the day’s theme (pirates, princesses, superheroes…) and glue them in the center of the pastilles.
2. Make pennant garlands
Bring 2 or 3 different colours of paper, a ruler, a pencil, scissors, tape and string (if the string needs to be visible, use white string or two-tone bakers twine).
Proceed as follows:
Start by drawing a triangle with the dimensions of your choice on one of the sheets of paper: for example, 17 cm for the base and 21 cm for the height.
Cut it out and use it as a pattern for the following triangles.
Cut out about 15 pennants or more, depending on the length of the garland you want.
Make a fold about 1 cm wide at the base of each pennant, then turn the pennant upside down and cut off the protruding pieces of paper on each side.
Cut a piece of string to the desired length.
Place the string at the top of the first pennant, in the fold, and tape the fold over the string.
Continue arranging the pennants end to end or spacing them evenly, for example, 5 cm apart.
Note: you can leave the flags as they are or write letters on them to form the words “happy birthday” and the name of the person you are celebrating. You can decorate the flags for a child’s birthday with drawings corresponding to the party’s theme, stickers, etc.
3. Make “toppers” to decorate the buffet
Provide paper in the colours of your choice, toothpicks or wooden skewers, scissors and glue, then :
Cut out 2 triangles of the same size from the paper to form a mini pennant.
Glue the 2 triangles together, enclosing a toothpick or skewer between them.
Attach these little pennants to the individual dishes and cakes on the buffet.
Note: For a child’s birthday party, make round toppers instead of pennants and glue them with designs that relate to the theme.
Materials needed to make birthday decorations
Read more about decorating for events:
- 6 Steps for Making Christmas Decorations With Felt;
- 3 Steps to Personalize a Gift Box;
- 3 Steps for Dyeing Easter Eggs;
- Lighting up a Garden for Christmas;
- 8 Steps to Decorate Your Christmas Tree;
- 3 Steps to Make Your Christmas Decorations;
- How to Make a Birthday Pinata;
- 9 Steps to Decorate Your Christmas or New Year’s Eve Table.