Birthday planning can feel overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to. Just a few small touches can go a long way.
Celebrating a birthday is not a competition, even though Pinterest often makes it feel like one. The point is to have fun. And that is what I want to help you with in this blog.
For those of your who haven’t read my blog before, I love birthdays. I mean, I really LOVE birthdays.
I love picking a theme and creating lots of pieces to go along with the theme. I love trying to create things that will make the birthday person feel special and I love the beauty of it all. For parties, I also love trying to create things that will make the attendees feel special, too.
Now, I fully realize that I am somewhat crazy unique in my love of birthdays. I get it, not everyone fully embraces doing all these things to decorate or create a theme. And that’s where this blog comes in. I want to make it easier for you to create a special celebration.
This month I’m walking you through a basic birthday celebration. A few key elements can make it special: a birthday banner, table topper, wall/ceiling hangers, and a party hat.
Today let’s talk about the banner. One of the first (and still one of my favorite) banners I ever made is the circle banner.
It’s a simple circle with one letter inside. String them all together and you have a message banner. In this case, birthday, but it’s versatile so it can be used for anything.
The design is basic but the elements you choose will dictate the style. The first banner I made, I used Microsoft Word. I opened a document and chose landscape layout (horizontal instead of vertical.)
I drew a circle sized 5 inches (so I can fit two per page.) I put a text box inside it and copied and pasted to make enough for the words Happy Birthday. My document looked like this:
You can see the cursor in the text box above. For each text box, insert letters to spell Happy Birthday. You can add a name and number, too, like “Happy 5th Birthday Olivia.” Then simply print and cut.
(You can use my document or make your own. I left mine in the Word format so that you can edit it yourself based on your needs.)
To hang the banner you can either punch a hole in the top center and use string or yarn, or you can clip each circle to a string with small, colorful clothespins.
Now comes the fun personalization. You get to pick the font and the card stock. [I recommend card stock so the banner is sturdy. Copy paper will be too flimsy.] Each choice will give you a different style.
This banner shows you different styles in one place. Each font and circle will set a different tone.
The possibilities are endless. And of course, you can add embellishments for even more fun. Glitter:
You could even use gemstones or fringe. Endless combinations and each one will set the mood for your event.
Versatility is why this banner is one of my favorites. Do you think this banner will dress up a birthday you are planning? What style or theme are you using? Let me know at email@example.com.