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55 Easy DIY Decorating Ideas for Your Next Party

May 24, 2022

Give your party a creative touch with these easy-to-create DIY decor ideas for birthday parties, baby showers, summer cookouts and more.

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Decoration Ideas for Parties

We love a good party here at HGTV and, with so many life events worth celebrating, planning a party as well as decorating for it can seem like daunting tasks — until now. We're taking the stress out of decorating for a party with our favorite crafty DIY decor ideas. Whether you're on the hunt for birthday decor ideas or just throwing a summer bash, get party-ready with ideas such as a statement-making party backdrop, DIY garlands, Instagram-worthy photo booths, embellished balloons and easy table decor. Read on to discover our favorite do-it-yourself decoration ideas for parties.

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Photo: Cassidy Garcia; Styling by H. Camille Smith. From: H. Camille Smith.

Statement-Making Backdrop

Create a photo-worthy focal point behind your soirée buffet or venue entryway with this whimsical DIY backdrop. The budget-friendly project calls for tissue paper flower kits, paper fans and faux greenery to create an epic, oversized display. Find the step-by-step instructions and a full materials list to get started in the link below.

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No-Sew Table Runner

Zhuzh-up your buffet table in a flash with this effortless accent: a no-sew table runner. Drape a color-coordinating scarf, throw blanket or bandana across your buffet table, with one corner cascading over the front. Secure the fabric to the table with double-sided tape, then use the same adhesive to secure 1-3 heavy coins to the cascaded fabric interior. This addition will ensure the cloth stays put and pretty even on the windiest of days.

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Geometric Table Runner

Flowers not your thing? Get your tablescape into shape with this eye-catching, DIY geometric runner. The bold, three-dimensional design works overtime as an instant conversation piece and as an elevated focal point for your party table design. Craft your shapes with cardboard stock or thick paper in your choice of 5-7 jewel-tone hues to create a bold, bohemian appeal. Another idea? Create a modern, minimalist-style display with a monochromatic color palette. Ivory, beige, white, cream and almond are a winning palette perfect for events large and small.

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