Celebrate another trip around the sun with these cute ideas.

From fresh new takes on balloons to a disco ball piñata, these festive projects are totally easy to pull off. Plus, try our favorite birthday cake recipes!

DIY Tassel Garland

Dress up your mantel with a colorful paper garland—it will take some time to make, but it’s definitely cost-effective.

Ice Cream Garland

With party hats and pastel honeycomb decorations, you can easily put together this adorable ice cream garland. Drape it above your dessert or ice cream station for a perfectly Instagrammable backdrop!

Chalkboard Cake Bunting

Nothing adds charm to a dessert table faster than sweet bunting tucked into a cake or cupcake display. Yellow Bliss Road has a DIY for a chalkboard-style, customizable version you can attach to string or baker’s twine.

Festive Backdrop

Just a few dollars’ worth of tissue paper confetti is the foundation for this punch-packing backdrop. Choose any message you like for your backdrop, then hang it behind a cake table, or as a fun photo opp complete with a basket of festive props.

Popsicle Stick Runner

You can’t go wrong when perfection is far from the goal, as in this adorable table runner. Use offset popsicle sticks to create the base for an inexpensive and festive runner, and then splatter paint in whatever colors match your party’s look. Et voila!

Paper Hot Air Balloon

This paper hot air balloon with vintage flair is sure to add charm to any birthday party décor. You can even easily add an LED tea light to convert it into a lantern.

Confetti-Filled Balloons

Dress up standard balloons by filling them with confetti for a pop of colorful birthday party décor.

Painted Bottle Centerpieces

Create table centerpieces that are as unfussy as they are gorgeous with this DIY that turns any extra jars you have into wow-worthy décor.

Photo Cake Toppers

Put the guest of honor front and center with these simple photo cake toppers. Just cut out black-and-white snaps of the honoree’s face showing different expressions, fashion little party hats for each, and skewer them on wooden sticks. We dare guests not to gush about the fun result!

Cake Stands

Make your own eclectic cake stands with this super simple project that repurposes any plates, candlesticks, or vases you have on hand, or scout from flea markets.

Streamer-Tied Balloons

Give birthday party balloons a totally fresh twist: Tie oversized helium-filled globes with a colorful assortment of ribbon in various lengths, widths and textures.

Cupcake Liner Garland

Let the humble cupcake liner do double duty as birthday party décor: String the pretty paper pieces together to make a charming, festive garland.

Disco Ball Piñata

For some occasions, more is more when it comes to sparkle and festivity. If that sounds like your birthday party, craft a DIY disco ball piñata that will have your guests oohing and ahhing. It works especially great with a disco theme, or for a ’70s baby celebration.

Tissue Paper Flowers

Real flowers are pretty, but they’re expensive and don’t last. For a budget friendly alternative, doll up the party space with (nonperishable!) tissue paper blooms you can DIY in a snap.

Paper Fan Banner

If you can fold a piece of paper, you can make this gorgeous garland as affordable birthday party décor. Choose any colors that match your theme.


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