Kids' birthday parties are a lot of fun to hold, but they can be a lot of work to put together. Decorate the table with simple items to cut down on your pre-party decorating time. The kids often don't remember the decorations, so make sure yours are cool enough to be memorable.
Candy necklaces are a fun way to add swag and decor to a birthday party table. Purchase several necklaces at the store and cut them in one place. Tie the necklaces all together so you have one long string of candy. Safety pin it along the table cloth in several places so it drapes down. If you don't want to use candy, string loop cereal on a piece of string and pin it. When the birthday party is over, cut it down and send the candies home with the kids for a treat.
To go along with your candy strings, create a candy tree to stand in the middle of a table. Depending on how big you make it, it can act as a focal point for the birthday party. You can use candy bars, small wrapped candy or even unwrapped candy to make the trees; use a favorite candy of the birthday child. Place them along the table to add a pop of color. Purchase Styrofoam tree forms from the craft store. Attach the candy to the tree using small straight pins or a hot glue gun. Start at the base and work your way around the tree and up to the top. Fill in all the spaces so no part of the Styrofoam shows through.
Hang colorful tissue paper pompoms above the table to really highlight the food. These can be created using any color tissue paper you like, so it can complement any birthday party theme you may be using. Lay your pieces of tissue paper on top of each other and fold them like an accordion. Wrap a piece of wire around the middle very tightly. Trim the edges into curves or points so it looks decorative. Carefully take the layers apart, fluffing them out into a large ball. You can use several colors in one pompom, or make a solid colored one. Hang them on fishing wire or ribbon above the table.
Cover the table in plain white butcher paper or newsprint. In the middle of the table, place a large container of markers or crayons. Before the party starts, write "Happy Birthday" at the top in bright colors. Let the children decorate the paper where they are sitting. They can write their names, play tic-tac-toe, or simply draw pictures. If the children are older, they can write a message to the birthday kid.
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