Wednesday, August 29, 2007

WFMW - Birthday Decorations

I've never REALLY participated in WFMW (Works for me Wednesday) before. Although, before I was a "blogger" (which I still don't consider myself one - not yet anyway), my friend Katherine posted an idea for me called Color-Coded Kids. Here is my first official contribution to WFMW.

When having a themed birthday party (or any themed party for that matter), decorations can be expensive. I have a trick that I've been using for a few years now and it's affordable and fun. I purchase two plastic tablecloths that match the theme of the birthday and that is just about ALL I need for decorations. No, I do not use them as tablecloths, because we all know what can happen when a little kid grabs the edge of the tablecloth and pulls.

Most themed tablecloths are folded in such a way that there are four even strips. The two outside edges have the most color and the biggest pictures of the theme and then the inner two strips have a repeating pattern (to a lesser degree) of the same theme. So, from my two tablecloths, I get 8 strips for decorating. Here are some pictures of how I used this idea this past weekend at Austin's third birthday party.

The picture above is only half of one strip.

In the picture above, the part on the left is from the outer edge of the tablecloth and the part on the right is from the inner strip of the tablecloth.

Partial strips help to decorate everything!

In the end, I use the eight strips (or even more if partials are used) all over the house!

After the party, I moved a few of the strips up to the room of the birthday boy and voila, more celebrating!

For more WFMW ideas visit Rocks in my Dryer.


Suzanne said...

Hey Sherri! I found your blog through Terra's.

Katherine@Raising Five said...

Thanks for sharing this. I haven't done a themed party in a while - the little one would sure love this. Loved the way you used it for "curtains!"

Sandi said...

This is a great idea! My two sons are having a combined party next weekend...I hadn't bought any tablecloths because I hit a sale but another year, I am so going to use this idea -- thank you!

Sheila said...

Cool idea! I wish I'd heard this one earlier. :( I just had a birthday party and spent way too much!

Rhen (yestheyareallmine) said...

That is a great idea!!

Toni said...

This is a great idea! I love doing theme birthdays but do NOT love the expense.

Kathy in WA said...

This is a GREAT idea. I LOVE decorating for birthday parties (or at least having my older kids do the decorating - ha). I've never thougth of using those theme table cloths. What an awesome way to get a LOT of mileage out of one table cloth.

Thanks for sharing!!

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Mary@notbefore7 said...

Cute! Great idea. It is easy to go overboard with $$ - nice tip. Thanks.

Jane said...

Brilliant! I am going to file this one away!

Julie@HighFive! said...

I LOVE it...what a fantastic idea!! Thanks so much for sharing! I can't wait to use it for my daughter who will be 7 soon. She's gonna love it!

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