When I was planning Avery’s first birthday party, I used her bedroom as inspiration for my color palette. I wanted to order decorations that were multi-functional. I knew that I was going to spend a little bit of money on decorations, and if that were the case I didn’t want to have to throw them away when I was finished with the party.
I searched online for a lot of things that I could use both at the party and in the girls nursery to spice it up a bit. Living in an apartment, we can’t paint the walls, so it’s easy for their room to look kind of dull. I knew that I could add some of these decorations not only to give the room some color, but also to add a bit of flair to the room.
While searching the internet, I was surprised with how many items could be used for both a birthday party and in the bedroom.
Double-up on decor! 1 of 11Turn your party favors into new material for the baby's room!
Large Craft Kraft Paper Letter 2 of 11This letter would make a great centerpiece in the center of the table or would look great hanging on the wall with other decor surrounding it. Once finished with the party, it would look great on the wall over the crib.
Get it from Land of Nod for $12.95
Poms 3 of 11I absolutely loved all of the poms that I had for Avery's party. I intentionally bought them knowing that I wanted to put them in her room. I loved the way that I assembled them in a line across the wall for her party. In her room I plan on bunching them in the corner on the ceiling to have them hanging a little bit. It's a great pop of color for their room. Especially because we can't paint the walls.
Get it from Pom Love on Etsy.
Mason Jars 4 of 11I used mason jars to hold utensils and also as vases. You can use them in the nursery for flowers or also as storage containers. I plan on using them in the same way that I'd use a changing table basket. They are great for cotton balls, nail clippers, diaper rash cream, etc.
Get them from Amazon for $17.74
A Mobile 5 of 11Mobiles are used for obvious reasons in the nursery, but they also make great party decor. There are so many different kinds of mobiles that can go with any themed of your party. Simply hang them from the ceiling for simple and multi-functional decor.
Get it from One & Two Originals on Etsy for $65.00
Custom Banner 6 of 11I made Avery's Happy Birthday sign and I loved the way that it turned out so much that I wanted to take off the "Happy Birthday" part and just keep her name. Then I could hang up her name somewhere in her room for a personal touch.
Get it from Little Retreats on Etsy for $19.50
Felt Garland 7 of 11The felt garland is so great to add simple pops of color to the birthday party. Hang it up on the wall in the nursery for a simple decoration.
Get it from Benzie on Etsy for $20.00
Tassel Garland 8 of 11I have a bit of an obsession with garland. This tassel garland was put on the wall under Avery's "Happy Birthday" sign. It added both color and texture to the party. I am going to hang it on the wall above Avery's crib in her room and right under her letter "A."
Get it from Pom Love on Etsy for $35.00
Mini Marquee Letter 9 of 11I had all intentions of making a small letter "A" for Avery's party. I even bought all of the supplies. But time got away from me and I didn't do it. I'd still love to put it together to have in her room. My plan was to make this letter and spray paint it gold then put it in the center of the table in the back as a centerpiece. I thought it would look adorable all lit up and behind her cake. I planned on putting it in her room in the center of her dresser and would turn it on during the day and then turn it off at night. It just adds a little bit of extra and unique flair to the room.
Find the DIY tutorial from Oh Happy Day.
Giant Bow 10 of 11The sequins on this bow are absolutely adorable. This bow would make a great centerpiece on the wall behind the main table at a birthday party. Then you can use it the way that is suggested in the photo.
Get it from Land of Nod for $19.95
Cupcake Stand 11 of 11Cupcake Stand A cupcake stand doesn't have to be put away after the party is over. Simply use it in the nursery to hold all of your little baby essentials. You can use it for diaper and changing table essentials or it would make a great holder for little girl's hair accessories.
Get it from Sweet Display on Etsy for $100.00
For more details on all of the decorations from Avery’s First Birthday party, visit my personal blog, A Mommy in the City.
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