8 easy decorating ideas for your next party from Elva M Design Studio

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Throwing parties is one of my favorite ways to spend time with family and friends. I love gathering people together whether it be for a birthday, a holiday, or simply just because. Isn’t it just a little more fun when there’s party decorations to enjoy? Yeah, I think so too! Decorating for a party doesn’t have to be costly or time consuming. From DIY party decorations, to finding low-cost ready made items, try these 8 easy decorating ideas for your next party.

8 Easy Decorating Ideas For Your Next Party

1. Party Backdrop

I love the look that a backdrop can bring to your dessert table. There are a variety of ways to make one: use fabric, paper fans, table cloth rolls, paper cutouts, or a printable one. Check Etsy, including my shop Elva M Design Studio, for a custom printable backdrop. You can simply attach a printable backdrop to the wall with 3M Command Strips. Get your backdrop printed at a print and photo center like Staples, Costco, or online at Vivyx.com.

Lumberjack Birthday Party Table

See more from my Lumberjack Minnesota Birthday Party.

2. Paper Fans

As mentioned above, paper fans are so easy to incorporate into your party decor. Hang them up as a fun backdrop for your event. I love using coordinating paper fans in a variety of colors or patterns. You can either make them yourself or buy a set from a vendor such as My Mind’s Eye.

Noon Year's Eve Party Decorations

See more from my Noon Year’s Eve Party.

3. Tissue Tassel Banner

Tissue Tassel Banners are an easy decoration item to include in your party. You can either make your own following a tutorial (like this one from Twinkle Twinkle Little Party), buy a DIY kit that has the tassels cut but not rolled, or purchase a fully assembled garland. Shop Sweet Lulu has both DIY kits and fully assembled tissue tassel banners. GlamFete is another one of my preferred sources for fully assembled banners. You can hang the tissue tassel banner on your table or use it as a backdrop behind it.

Oscar Party Table Scape by Elva M Design Studio

See more from my Chippin’, Dippin’, Margarita Sippin’ Party.

4. Coordinating Plates, Napkins, and Cups

Getting a cohesive look is as simple as choosing color coordinating plates, napkins, and cups for your event. You could even throw in some fun cutlery options, like metallic gold or wood to match to your theme’s aesthetic. You can find many options at places like Oriental Trading or Party City.

Channel the Flannel Sign and Wood Utensils

5. Party Printables

Who knew paper could be the very best in party decorations? A set of party printables can take your party to the next level in the simplest of ways. Find a custom theme on Etsy and print and assemble everything at home. Usually the only supplies you need to assemble all your party printables are a home printer, card stock, scissors, glue stick, a hole punch, baker’s twine or ribbon, toothpicks or lollipop sticks, and straws.

Glamping Fire Starter Favors

Lake Water Bottle Wraps from the Girls Gone Glamping party

Little Bags to create a trail mix blend

See more from this Girls Gone Glamping Party.

6. Candles

Candles add amazing and easy ambience to any party. From tea lights to votives to tapered ones on candelabras, candles are an inexpensive addition to any party. Add for a glowy aesthetic to your next party.

See more from my Rosé Kind of Day Party.

7. Straws and drink stirrers

Straws are so much fun to add to your event. Even better if you add on a cute straw flag printable. There are so many great paper straw varieties to match any theme. You can cut them down to match your drink glass size. Throw in a drink stirrer for even more pizzaz.

St. Patrick's Day straw flags

See more from my Lucky You St. Patrick’s Day Party

8. Coordinating Decoration Items

Finally, shop your home or head to Home Goods, Hobby Lobby, Target or Michael’s for coordinating decor items. These accent pieces can really pull your theme together with the best detail. I love checking out Bullseye’s Playground at Target for $1, $3, and $5 finds.

Carrot Patch Easter Table Centerpiece

See more from my Carrot Patch Easter Table

At the end of the day, remember to enjoy your party and not stress out too much about the decorations. Keep it simple and focus on one or two areas. My favorites are styling a dessert table and either the food or bar table. You don’t have to go over the top to pull together a cohesive party. Simple touches can go a long way! I hope these 8 easy decoration ideas help you with your next party. 

What are some easy decor items you like to include in your parties? Comment below!  


Hi, I'm Meghan, owner and designer of Elva M Design Studio. I'm a Mom of two and throwing parties is my love language. I love sharing party ideas to help other busy Moms throw a Pinterest-worthy party without all the hassle or wasted dollars. Follow along for party ideas and free printables.

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