Birthday Decorations

What’s a party without some festive décor? When you’re hosting a gathering, sure the food and drinks are important, but the decorations help to set the mood, too. Plus, it’s doubly important to display some fun accents when the party has a theme. There are so many options for birthday decorations ideas, whether you’re buying them at the store or tackling some DIY projects. Having a theme (or at least an idea of a color palette) is the easiest way to decide on decorations, so take a look at our three party themes for kids, which are complete with ideas for easy décor. If you’re short on time, we have some quick ideas, from 15-minute DIY decorations to 5-minute centerpiece ideas for any type of celebration. Plus, you’ll find a personalized banner idea that’s colorful and ultra-festive—and we’ll even provide the directions to make the confetti that goes along with it.

How to Make a Piñata

This super simple DIY piñata—no paper mache required—is sure to make any party that much sweeter.

Child’s At-Home Birthday Party Checklist

Whether you’re celebrating indoors or in the backyard, with pin the tail on the donkey or an entire petting zoo, this timeline will make for a very happy birthday with all the bases covered.

20 Quick Centerpiece Ideas

You’d be surprised by what you can make in no time.

How To: Make DIY Confetti

Two simple steps for creating bright and festive filler for party balloons.

Throw a Birthday Party That’s Pure Magic

Throw an enchanted celebration with the right amount of fun and flair.

3 Insanely Fun Party Themes for Kids

Make your child's next get-together unforgettable with one of these easy party ideas.

DIY Cake Toppers for Every Celebration

In celebration of Real Simple’s 15th anniversary, we assembled an assortment of impressive do-it-yourself cake (and cupcake) toppers. These crafty embellishments will make any dessert look so special that party guests will probably ask where you bought them.

Budget-Friendly Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

Save the serious check writing for her Sweet Sixteen. These three parties (with throw-it-together themes) are big fun for the 10-and-under set. And not paying for a bouncy castle? That’s our gift to you.

6 Ideas for a Kids’ Birthday Party

Simple and surprising ideas for pulling off a cheery celebration.

Child’s Away-From-Home Birthday Party Checklist

Have all the fun with a lot less work when the party is somewhere other than your house. Here’s a schedule to suit any outside venue.