Birthday Decorations for Busy Parents

If it’s time to celebrate your little one’s birthday, decorations are necessary! Unfortunately, as kids’ parties have become more elaborate over the last couple of decades, the amount of time and money spent on decorations has skyrocketed – and many parents are struggling to keep up due to their busy schedules or tight budgets. Well, there’s some good news. The pendulum is starting to swing in the other direction again, which means that simple (or at least simpler) is once again trending. With Chuck E. Cheese you can bring your own décor to reserved birthday parties, so get creative. Here’s some simple ways you can use these trends to your advantage and make your kid’s party awesome!


  • Use Things You Own: Birthday party decorations are easy to find if you just start to go through things you own, with a clear purpose! If you’re planning a Cartoon themed party, use your child’s old blanket as a tablecloth, some old toys for scenery and buy simple cups and plates, and you’re sorted. For the walls and/or ceiling, hang streamers, balloons, and a piñata, which you can fill with candy and small toys. If you want something more kid-like, just look around your house. Do you have stuffed animals that could be used for a wildlife or zoo-themed party? How about a box old of clothes and costumes, and full-length mirror or two that could be used for a dress-up party? Or perhaps you own sports gear and posters. If so, just decorate the living room and add a few balloons and serve a cake with decorations featuring your child’s favorite sport. 
  • Holiday/Birthday Happy Hour: If you have a child who was born near Christmas, Diwali, Holi etc., use the decorations that you already have as your backdrop. Then, for a kid-friendly happy hour, make a special fruit juice or two that matches the season, serve festive finger foods, and give them holiday games to play (like musical chairs, passing the parcel, charades). The children will be happy, satisfied and you will enjoy it as well!
  • The No-Theme Theme: If a theme is too constricting for your birthday party decoration ideas, go with no theme. Rather than coordinating all facets of the day, just decorate with your child’s favorite things. Go ahead, combine streamers, glitter, some classic party and pizza. If you have a few ideas, it’s easy to create spaces dedicated to each, so the kids can experience something different in the living room, the garden, and in the kitchen. Just make the day about your son or daughter, and the fun will come.

Finally, if you just can’t bear to think about bringing your party decoration ideas to life, and cleaning up after the celebration, think about ditching the party at home and hosting it elsewhere, like your child’s favorite restaurant (Chuck E. Cheese!), . Many of these places have dedicated party spaces or areas that you can reserve for a party, and even provide food, which means that you can simply show up, enjoy your day, then head home, no clean up, no cooking, and no birthday decorations required.

Check out Chuck E. Cheese for more info on planning kid’s birthday parties.