Tips For Throwing A Children's Birthday Party From Target Home Style Expert Emily Henderson

April 7, 2015 by Justine Schwartz
shefinds | Kids

SHEfinds: What matters most, decorating-wise, for a children’s birthday party?

Emily Henderson, Target Home Style Expert: I love big pops of color, with simple lines and not a lot of busyness! Color appeals to the children while simple lines create a more cohesive feeling for the adults. For my son Charlie’s sip-and-see, we created adorable popcorn and cupcake holders that were a hit with guests of all ages and photographed beautifully. Now that I actually have a kid I’m way more conservative with the parties, money-wise. It’s terribly easy and tempting to spend and spend and make everything cuter and cuter, but kids just want color and simple bright decor. You could throw balloons and bubbles everywhere and make a 2-year-old the happiest toddler ever.

SF: What are your general styling tips for party tables (food tables, bars, cake tables)?

EH: It’s important to make everything easily accessible for your guests when throwing a party. I love filling votives with different treats during a gathering so everyone can help themselves. A couple of these Spritz Candy Vessels and Easter Treat Cups would be perfect for a DIY candy bar. Easter baskets are great for holding small snacks and kids’ gift bags, and colorful crinkle is perfect for filling and lining your tables while adding some extra oomph.

I’ve said this before, and I will say it again because it’s one of my go-to tips. I’m a big fan of bar carts because they are both functional and pretty – and they don’t have to house cocktails! I recommend using colorful drinkware and these Spritz Gold Paper Straws to create an interactive drink bar everyone can enjoy.

The cake table will likely be a focal point at a child’s party. This Cake Stand is the right amount of simple and stylish. If you don’t have time to buy a stand, DIY one by stacking a plate on top of a bowl you already have. I love to create multiple plate-on-bowl stands, mixing and matching colors as I go.

SF: How do you make parties feel festive and look pretty without taking too much time?

EH: Affordable yet unexpected flower arrangements are one of the easiest ways to elevate a party. If you’re throwing a spring-time fete, pick up a few of these Spritz Easter Décor Baskets and fill them will fresh, seasonal blooms. You can place them on the main table, around the living room or even in the bathroom. Offer them to friends and family as a party favor when they’re on their way out! Plants are also a great options since they are really simple, affordable and easy to find substitutes for flower arrangements. Go for succulents or ferns and let your guests take them on their way out.


Editorial Director

Justine Schwartz is a veteran women's lifestyle editor; she's written extensively about style & beauty tips, health advice and wedding planning for more than a decade. Her work has appeared in New York Magazine, Huffington Post and New York Weddings. Justine has been with SheFinds since 2010; you can reach her via email at [email protected]

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