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.

15-Minute DIY Party Ideas

Fast, foolproof, and surprising ideas for any celebration.

20 Quick Centerpiece Ideas

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

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.

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.

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.

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.