Steal the Show With These Awesome Homemade Party Decorations

Homemade party decorations
Homemade party decoration is the latest rage in the decoration arena! With all the stay-at-home-moms getting in touch with their 'crafty' selves, there are some fabulous ideas floating around to decorate your party, without spending a fortune.
Why Homemade Decorations?
So you've planned a party, and you're obviously excited. You think of a feasible date, draw up a guest list, decide a menu, and you're as good as done. Parties are all about being together with friends and family, sharing a few good laughs and simply creating wonderful memories. A memorable party, by all means, is the one that has cozy conversations, delicious food and good music.
But if you want your party to be really remembered, you can always spruce it up with some innovative decorations. And before you reach out for the good old streamers and balloons, I'm talking about real decorations here; decorations that truly spell w-e-l-c-o-m-e.

Yes, it's true that creating decorations can make some people yawn, but really, don't you think that they add that extra bit of warmth to your already-perfect party? If you think of them as expensive add-ons, you couldn't be more wrong, as there are tons of decoration ideas that you can execute with minimum effort (well, mostly) within the comforts of your home.
Zero in on a Theme
To begin with, decide what kind of decoration you want. If this is your first time, refrain from being adventurous. If you're blessed with an eye for detail and possess nimble fingers, you could go all out and unleash your creative side. Keep in mind the reason you're throwing a party and the people on your guest list. For example, a Titanic-themed graduation party doesn't really make sense, does it?
Theme party
~ Season-themed
~ Prince/Princess
~ Retro
~ Carnival
~ Nautical
~ Western
~ Disco

~ Rock n Roll
~ Costume
~ Pirate
~ Pool Party
~ Sports
~ Hollywood
~ Patriotic
~ Masquerade
Decorate the Venue
Stream and Fan Away!
Paper fans
You could use colored papers or leftover wrapping papers to make some streamers at home. Just cut papers into bit-sized pieces of different shapes. String them up in a thread, and you have colorful streamers made out things lying in your home. Making colorful paper fans is really easy, and you can paste them on the walls or pin them on curtains for a simple but elegant look. You jazz them up by drawing designs on them with glitter pens or glow paint.
Glow-in-the-dark Decorations
Glow away
Glow-in-the-dark decorations look fantastic and are so easy to execute. You need to bring home glow paints in various colors and use them to paint motifs on paper and tape them on your walls and ceiling. Turn the lights off and enjoy the quirky effect. Fairy lights are gorgeous, and they lift the look of the room in a jiffy. Use them on windows, line them up on door frames, wrap them around vases and see your room light up!
Shell it Up!
shells
If you're into collecting seashells, put them to use at a beach-themed party. String up rows of tiny shells to make streamers or curtains, and put the bigger ones on display. You could similarly use small Christmas tree ornaments to introduce the same effect.
Light up with Lanterns
Lanterns
~ Paper lanterns are easy to make and give an intimate look to any party.
~ Take colored paper and fold it lengthwise.
~ Cut the paper from the side of the fold, stopping about an inch away from the opposite end.
~ Keep the cuts a couple of centimeters apart.
~ Once you reach the end of the paper, open the fold and roll it up so that the ends meet.
~ Glue the ends, and stick a thread on top to make a handle. Your basic paper lantern is ready.
Go Floral!
Flowers
Use fresh flowers from your garden for some snazzy floral decor. For paper flowers, take a long strip of colored paper and start rolling it in concentric circles, pulling each layer slightly inward, to mimic the shape of petals. Glue the inner and outer ends. Now, pierce it in the middle with a wire mesh wrapped in green paper for the stem, or string up these flowers to make streamers. Experiment with textured paper of various colors.
On to the Centerpiece
Candles and Votives
Candles
When there's a party, you've got to have a 'pièce de résistance' for sure. It could be a centerpiece on your table, or a mini sculpture in the room, if you're artistic enough. Candles are cliched, but you could pour colored candle wax into martini glasses to make them look enticing and place them all over your home for that warm effect.
Carveceous and Delicious!
Vegetable carvings
If you're good at fruit or vegetable carving, why not flaunt your talent? You could use watermelons, pumpkins, tomatoes, bell peppers, etc. If baking is your forte, use cup cakes for gorgeous, edible showpieces. You can have the icing in various colors or according to the theme of your party. Place them on a cake stand in the center of your table or leave them on plates so that your guests can help themselves.
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Yummylicious Centerpiece
Popsicles
Glass bowls filled with colorful popsicles are very appropriate centerpieces for any kids' party. For the adults, add a shot of flavored vodka to the popsicle drink mix before you freeze it. Layer the bowl with crushed ice so that they don't melt. Another great idea for a kids' party is to have candy jars placed around the room. They look fabulous and will be a big hit.
Drink and Dance!
Booze
College parties are all about dancing and merriment, so loud music and booze take over the décor. However, placing champagne glasses in rows on the table or beer bottles in ice buckets makes the guests happy and looks decorative too.
Homemade party decorations are a great source of delight for the guests since they seem much more original and creative than the run-of-the-mill decorations available in stores. So the next time you're planning a party, indulge in some quality family time as you get together to make some interesting party decorations.
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