9 Ways to Make Your Home Feel Like a Party (for Less than $25)

published Jul 8, 2016
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Hosting a summer bash can quickly get expensive, but one area where you really don’t need to splurge is on the decor. All of these ideas are created using colorful, affordable materials, such as paper, paint, yarn, and balloons, so you can craft big-impact decorations, without going over budget.

Add fringe to paper honeycomb balls, suspend them from the ceiling, and you’ve got festive party balloons that will never deflate. Follow the how-to on the Shop Sweet Lulu Blog.

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Strips of vibrant paper that look like they’re weaving in and out of the wall form a striking focal point for a party. Find the shockingly simple how-to on Paper & Stitch.

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Spell out your party motto loud and clear with oversized ballon letters, as seen above from Studio DIY. If you don’t want to invest in a helium tank, try these balloons from Shop Sweet Lulu that you can blow up yourself.

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For a birthday bash or an anniversary party, blow up family photos to create inexpensive large-scale posters at your local print shop, like Kitchn’s executive editor Faith Durand did for her Mother’s Day brunch, above. Visit Kitchn to learn how to make one yourself.

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Hand-painted touches make a bunch of store-bought balloons feel extra-special. You don’t have to be an artist to replicate the ones above from A Subtle Revelry, decorated with checks, polka dots, and color block.

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A few stands of paper garland take a room from everyday to party-ready, as shown above from Design Love Fest.

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The stylists over at Livet Hemma show how inexpensive IKEA paper lanterns instantly set a celebratory tone in an outdoor space.

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One strand of ice cream cone garland strung across the backyard is all you need to decorate a summery celebration. The how-to from Oh Happy Day is as simple as attaching a paper cone to a mini honeycomb ball and threading a cord through the top.

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If you have a skein of yarn, the tassel bunting above is incredibly simple to put together. Follow the pictorial step-by-step on Bloesem Kids.