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The 10 Best Party Decorations for Festive Entertaining

Greetings, my fellow entertainers! And yes, there’s more than one way to entertain! We at Decoist are particularly fond of the hosting kind, whether it be a cozy dinner with friends or a large party for a loved one. Did you catch our last post on unique party decor? That’s right–we love to spotlight party themes and decorations that are a little bit out of the ordinary.

Today we showcase party decor with a simple, modern vibe. Nobody enjoys a meticulously styled party table like we do…but sometimes it’s nice to let a few simple statements set the tone. This creates a striking, fresh look and makes life easier for you–the entertainer. So enjoy browsing our top 10 finds below, some of which are DIY projects in case you’re feeling crafty. And of course, we at Decoist wish you a festive spring!

Party Garlands and Balloons

Let’s start with setting the stage for the party! Did you know that sometimes all it takes is one eye-catching element? This Zig Zag Accordion Streamers DIY project from Oh Happy Day has caught the attention of many a blogging eye, and it’s easy to see why! Not only are the results radiant, this is a simple project to carry out–yes, all you need is colored paper and scissors!

Accordion streamers

Also from Oh Happy Day is this Fan Garland DIY, which takes a bit more time to put together. But it’s well worth the effort! In fact, it’s the perfect solution for the entertainer who wants to customize the colors for his or her next party. Plus, the unique design can go in may decorative directions, from the sculptural and modern to the vintage and Deco…

Paper fan garland DIY project

Want a quick trick for dressing up your party balloons? Fill them with tissue paper confetti before inflating them with helium! There’s just something magical about a decoration with many layers, and the globe-like effect created by these colorful balloons is undeniably festive. This easy yet effective idea comes from Camille Styles

Tissue paper-filled balloons

If you’re wanting to buy your party decorations rather than craft them, head over to Minted, where you’ll find a wide range of modern decor created by independent designers. Summer’s on the horizon…which is why we’re crazy about these Big Whale Little Whale Circle Garlands. You can still have a touch of crafty fun–the circles arrive pre-cut, and you can easily string them yourself thanks to 30 yards of twine that’s included. Note: each garland will hold 12 circles.

Circle garlands for summer

Party Food Decorations

Yes, you can even decorate your food at your next party. Or at least the food table…. And speaking of food tables, we’ve seen a SLEW of intricate party tables across the blogosphere in recent years! And they are fabulous! But sometimes it’s nice to take it down a notch and not worry about being so detailed and color-coordinated. These Party Food Label Holders from Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line are a step in the right direction. In fact, they were created using metal plant markers from the dollar bin at Target. The ends were bent so these labels would stand on their own on the tabletop. We love the retro modern look:

Party food label idea

Speaking of retro, there’s something vintage and playful about these Personalized Sweets Cupcakes Table Signs from Minted. Yes, you can cusomize them with the words of your choice. Although in this day and age when everything is over-labeled on party tables, it’s kind of nice to see something with a simple, direct message! These table signs are sold in a set of two and printed on Minted’s quality paper!

Cupcake table signs

Who needs colorful icing on a cake when you have these vibrant Striped Birthday Candles, decorated with the help of acrylic paint! Sometimes the best way to emphasize color is to break it up a little with some strategically placed splotches of paint in neutral shades. Check out A Subtle Revelry for all the details. Not wanting to mix dried paint with your food? Simply start the striping further up the candles so no paint touches the dessert! [photo in collaboration with Jocelyn Noel Photography]

Striped birthday candle DIY project

Party Drink Decorations

Folks, we can’t forget about the drinks! And there’s no better way to garnish a drink than with a stick of Hot Pink Rock Candy from Cakegirls. Sold in a set of 12, these cherry-flavored beauties will add an instant dose of color to your mixed drink or soda. Not to mention, they are available in a variety of other colors, so you can order the shade that’s perfect for your party decor…

Hot pink rock candy

We know–everyone is adding striped paper straws to their party tables. But we don’t care about following the pack! These items are just too fabulous not to enjoy! Jump on the bandwagon with these vintage-inspired Striped Paper Straws from Minted. They come in a set of 24, but note that they are part of the Delight party decor suite, sold as a set. The perfect excuse to check out Minted’s cleverly designed party sets!

Vintage-inspired party straws

We end with a little sparkle. These shiny dazzlers aren’t just for the holidays… In fact, they’re perfect for any nighttime fete. You can always make your own, but if you spend all your time crafting, you’ll wear yourself out before the party! Make it easy and purchase these Tinsel Pom Swizzle Sticks from Cakegirls, available in a set of 12.

Tinsel swizzle sticks

Tell us about your favorite party decor! Do you have a go-to garland or a food topper that takes the cake? Share your thoughts and ideas by leaving a comment below…

Kate Simmons

Kate Simmons is a freelance writer and design blogger with a love of all things decor. She spent her childhood writing stories and working on interior design-themed DIY projects. Kate’s published writing reflects her special interest in how design has changed through the decades. Her blog Mirror80 ( http://mirror80.com/) explores the fashion and [...]

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