Do It Yourself Party Decorations for Men's Birthday Parties

by Sera Rivers

When planning a birthday party for that special guy in your life, consider his favorite hobby or pastime and incorporate it into the theme of the party. Popular themes for men include handyman tools, sports and western. You can create decorations by using items around the house, craft supplies and your imagination. Ask friends and family to lend some items that will contribute to the theme like sports equipment, tools and cowboy attire. Do-it-yourself decorations cost less money and add a personalized touch.

Handyman Tool theme

Step 1

Set up a toolbox on top of a table where guests can deposit birthday cards and small gifts. The toolbox may be given to the birthday guy as a gift afterward.

Step 2

Create a centerpiece by taking a metal pail and filling it with tools like a hammer, spade, screwdriver and measuring stick.

Step 3

Decorate the birthday cake by placing a sanitized wrench on top of the frosted cake and writing the birthday message around it with colored icing.

Step 4

Make signs out of pegboards by writing words with nails, screws or thumbtacks. Signs might say "Happy Birthday to our favorite tool," "Deposit gifts here" or "Handy notes" if you have a guest book.

Step 5

Paint bricks, ceramic tiles or wooden blocks with a birthday slogan, the date and birthday guy's name that guests may take home as a party keepsake.

Sports Theme

Step 1

Collect various sports balls from family and friends to display throughout the party venue or on guest tables as centerpieces. You can add a sticker with a birthday slogan like "Happy Birthday to a Good Sport" or "Number One Guy."

Step 2

Set up a guest-signing table where guests can write birthday greetings with permanent, fabric pens on a sports jersey that the birthday guy can keep.String up sports jerseys and sports celebrity pictures on the walls.

Step 3

Make flags for party favors by taking plastic straws or wooden sticks and fastening a paper flag or cloth to the top. Write a saying on the flag like "Dan's Number One" or "Go Stephen!" Ask guests to wave the flags when the birthday guy opens his presents.

Step 4

Print wallet-sized pictures of the birthday guy in a sports setting. Pictures may be funny or championship moments. Write or print birthday details on the back and litter them on tables throughout the party venue.

Western Theme

Step 1

Turn a cowboy hat upside down for a table centerpiece and fill with items such as horseshoes, rope and plastic sheriff's badges. An upside down cowboy hat may also be used to collect birthday cards.

Step 2

Tie bandannas around silverware settings. You may choose to embroider the birthday guy's name and birthday party date on the bandanna for guests to take home as a keepsake.

Step 3

Take a large pillowcase and draw dollar symbols on it with permanent markers. Ask guests to place their gifts in random but visible spots around the party venue. Make the birthday guy steal the loot with his loot bag.

Step 4

Wrap chocolate gold coins in tulle and tie with twisted rope ribbon to hand guests as a party favor.

Tips & Warnings

  • Food can also be used as decorations. Showcase foods that fit the theme of the party.

About the Author

Sera Rivers is a writer, writing coach and child advocate. In 2007 she began teaching creative writing in group and private settings and freelancing for "Southwoods Magazine." She writes online about Western Massachusetts special needs kids. Rivers received her Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from University Without Walls at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2010.

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