Here are some products that will delight the eye and turn into playthings in a blink.
Fringed decorations.* Choose a bright metallic foil curtain for a doorway. Kids love the novelty of pushing the fringe aside to see what’s in the next room. Because party curtains are inexpensive and easily trimmed to fit, you can use them to great effect in backyard obstacle courses and for impromptu stages.
Use fringed table skirting and see how quickly an ordinary of furniture turns into a fort or a coveted cave for hide-and-seek!
Cone hats. You can use party cone hats in primary colors to write the children’s names on them and use as table place cards. Hide a small toy or favor under each hat. If the kids pull out mini flutes, it’s time to sing; if they pull out bouncy balls, a ball-and-cup game can commence using the hats as the cups.
Reusable columns. Columns are more of an investment than many decorations but they are extremely versatile, especially since you can change their basic color simply by buying new slips.
Start with a couple of columns in red, yellow or blue and embellish them with decorations from Sesame Street 1st Birthday party supplies or Elmo’s 1st Birthday party supplies. Danglers, cutouts and balloons are examples of themed decorations you can use. Alternatively, you can simply wrap the columns in tissue festooning in a contrasting primary color, preferably red or yellow to evoke Elmo’s fur or Big Bird’s feathers – and which perhaps could be cut into “boas” for dress up activities later in the party.
Columns are classic entrance decorations but don’t stop there. Work them in photo ops and to mark turnarounds for indoor relay races.
Shop party supplies by color for columns, slips and festooning.
Piñatas. We’ve long used piñatas on tables when we want to display a big, colorful theme decoration. For a Sesame Street birthday party, we have Elmo and Abby. Tie a few balloons to an outstretched hand to promote extra squee.
Tableware. Once the cake is eaten and the active play has given way to quieter activities, turn the table and tableware into an arts and crafts center. A solid color table cover becomes a palette for crayons and washable markers, while colorful plastic spoons are turned into puppets with mini pom-poms, googly eyes and pipe cleaners (click here for an example of cute but simple “spoon people”).
Have these ideas tickled your imagination? Visit 1st birthday supplies for even more inspiration!
*Fringed decorations and other decorations and toys that have small parts or pieces that can be pulled off are not meant for children three and under.