Nowadays, people put a lot of effort into the design and details of their party decorations. However, the world of Pinterest has lifted the party decor standard, and the realm of social media encourages people to throw photo-worthy parties that will garner plenty of likes.
To throw one of these parties, your decor, of course, has to be based on what is popular and fashionable now, which means your standard balloons and Happy birthday flags don’t cut the mustard. You could hire a fabulous events planner who ensures not only amazing decoration but perfect execution as well, or you could do a good old-fashioned DIY party.
When throwing your party, the decor is somewhat dictated by the circumstances – Who the party is for (a child, an adult, a male, a female), the occasion (graduation, a birthday, a baby shower, Christmas), the theme (a Halloween party, a Harry Potter, and Alice in Wonderland party), and the budget which of course limits your decorations. Your desire to clean up can also affect the decor. If you don’t want a huge clean-up, I highly recommend not throwing confetti, especially not on the lawn, as it can’t be vacuumed or swept (I speak from experience).
Despite the decor being dictated by the above things, there are still simple decor rules that you can follow and apply to all circumstances. These rules will ensure you’re throwing an up-to-date party and Pinterest/social media worthy. First, let’s make sure everyone wants to take a photo!
What Are Today’s Trends?
Today’s popular party looks rustic, vintage, antique, or light bright colors (white or pastels). Minimalism is also huge, which is positive if we keep to a budget.
Rustic, Vintage & Antique
When you hear the word rustic, imagine plants, hay, wool, burlap, twinkle lights, and anything with peeling paint or dents. The great thing about the rustic theme is it can be done with items you can find in your backyard – a bit of firewood and some leaves for a centerpiece, an old paint can for a vase, and a flower pot for a cutlery holder.
Vintage and Antique go hand-in-hand with rustic, but they can play by a couple of different rules. For a vintage look, think lace, mason jars as cups, and anything retro, while antique is more based in old books as decorations, mismatched teacups, and bunting instead of streamers.
The great thing about these three styles is they are all made up of things that most people own, and while you probably don’t have a whole party’s worth of vintage cups and plates, you’re allowed to mix the modern with the old because mismatching is part of achieving the rustic look.
Bright, Light, Minimalism
Another modern trend is using bright light colors such as whites and pastels and letting that light in through minimalism.
This particular decor trick is fairly straightforward; pick a simple and bright color scheme that falls under this category, and make your decorations sparse with some twinkle lights to add a bit more light.
A great and cheap way to incorporate your chosen color is through paper. There are many examples online of flowers, pom poms, and many other things made out of bright pieces of paper. You could make one or two large balls of paper and use them as the center of your minimalist look.
These decor tips are easy and cheap to follow, but as a bonus, all these different styles go together well. For example, you could have a rustic/vintage table setting with a nice wooden centerpiece while keeping your other decorations sparse and minimal when it comes to the walls and ceiling. You could limit your other decorations to some white or pastel-colored bunting and some fairy lights and Ta-Da! You have created a fantastic and beautiful party look that is great for a baby shower, a birthday party, a Christmas dinner, and many other occasions. Take away the teacups and lace, and add some pastel-colored flower pots and paper pom-poms, and you’ve got yourself a great kids’ party decor!
These looks are universal and up-to-date. So simple, so easy, so now!