When it comes to decorating doors for a birthday party, there are so many options that it can seem overwhelming to try and pick just one. Between all the different balloons, streamers, homemade signs, and storebought decorations, it can be hard to narrow down the different styles and make a choice.
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There are essentially two different kinds of birthday doors, and there are many ways to accomplish each one. The two kinds are personalized doors and party-themed doors.
- Personalized doors are the ones that are specific to the subject, the person with the birthday. These ideas can include things like the new age of the person, things you like about them, pictures of them, and so on.
- Party themed doors are more specific to the party being thrown. For example, a generic birthday party door may be comprised of streamers and balloons without any specific personalization towards the person who is having the birthday. Or, if the birthday party has a specific theme, the door may be representative of that theme.
Regardless of which of these two options you pick, there are many great ways to put them together! We've included multiple options for both of them to give you some great ideas, and you can either copy them or build off them to create your very own personalized birthday door. The most important thing? Don't get discouraged!
1. Basic Balloons
You can't ever go wrong with using a basic balloon curtain! Not only is it extremely easy to make, but it is a very cheap and cost-efficient way to decorate a door for a birthday party. You can easily personalize it by using a variety of different colors of balloons, different strings, some streamers, and other decorations like the reflective stars hanging off the balloon strings.
You can purchase a set of twelve silver stars from Amazon that would be perfect for hanging with a few balloons of different colors or for taping onto a door in fun patterns. They are perfect for catching and reflecting the light — after all, is it really a party without a light show involved?
2. Balloon Avalanche
This specific style of decorating can serve two purposes. For one, it looks great, serving as a large eye-catching arraignment. On the other hand, it's a great way to leave a surprise for a special birthday someone who hasn't opened their bedroom door yet, showering them with balloons to give them a memorable start to their day.
This can be done by taping streamers over a door, leaving enough slack to fit balloons. Leave enough space at the top to drop the balloons in. It will get easier the fuller it gets. If you don't mind skipping out on the streamers, this can also be done using Saran Wrap.
3. Chalk Paper
Putting chalk paper on your door is a great way to personalize the door without permanently coloring it or altering it in any way. Chalk paper is a type of paper that is generally backed by an adhesive that can stick to most flat surfaces. It's a perfect way to personalize and decorate a surface with a variety of colors, drawings, and notes without purchasing tons of supplies.
If you feel like unleashing your inner artist in the name of a birthday party, chalk paper is the perfect way to do so, and it can be used for both the themed and the personalized birthday doors.
4. Door Wrap
Door wraps or covers are a great way for you to cover your entire door, really making it an official part of your birthday party decorating scheme. You can generally find them fairly easily for generic happy birthday signs, and you should be able to find them for your themed parties as well.
5. Streamer Surprise
This is another birthday decorating scheme for your door that's easy but fun! A generic "Happy Birthday" sign strung across the top of the door and a number of colored balloons and streamers can give you a personalized door that can either frame an open door or block it off.
6. Balloons And A Bow
Are you wanting a cute, basic idea that carries a lot of classic imagery? You can't go wrong wrapping your door like a present! Using just a few different kinds of ribbons and a few bows or balloons, you can easily create a wrapping effect around any door that will contribute quite well to any party atmosphere. The best part about this birthday decorating option? You can do the whole thing without taping anything to your door, making the clean up simple and quick!
7. Streamers and a Sign
Classic decorating themes have lasted for a reason! When it comes to birthdays, there's nothing wrong with using streamers and balloons. They add a fun, whimsical aspect to decorating that keeps things light, airy, and fun. And don't forget, there are so many different kinds! Between solid colors, metallics, and glitters, you're bound to find the perfect combination for the party you have planned!
8. Construction Paper
When it comes to crafting, construction paper seems to be a staple, and it's no different when it comes to birthday decorating! Sometimes all you need is the right idea, and you're ready to go. This cake and banner can be completely replicated, or even improved on, and all you would have to do is purchase a package of multicolored construction paper and a glue stick to do it. If you feel like spicing it up, try adding in some glitter glue and stickers!
You can do a lot with simple dollar store products. All this cupcake would take is some crepe paper, some borders, a few stickers, and some tape to secure it. Sometimes it's not about being flashy, it's about doing something that the special birthday person will appreciate. What kinds of things do they like? If you're having a hard time decorating the door, answer that question first, and then get to work!
10. Donut Theme
Let's be real, there isn't a single person on this planet who doesn't love donuts. Why is that important? Well, if you're having a hard time picking a theme for the party, or even wanting to personalize a door but just aren't sure which direction to go, just ask yourself the questions, "does this person like donuts?" If the answer is yes, this is a great option!
11. Personalize It!
This may be one of your best options for a personal door, one that doesn't have to coordinate with a specific party theme. Why is it perfect? There isn't really a wrong way to go about this specific design. You are decorating the door in a style and manner that is completely personal to the person with the birthday. This can be done using compliments and things you love about the person, photographs, and many other things. The key? Keep it thoughtful!
12. Time Marches On
While this might not be recommended for those who might be more sensitive about their age, there is a great way to cover lots of door space and make things seem really personal, even though it....well, isn't really. You can count the number of hours, days, weeks, months, and years they've been alive, and decorate the door accordingly. To make it more personal, you might add a few things they love that you can count, like the number of times they've gone white-water rafting or skydiving to keep with the theme of numbers.
13. Counting the Years
If you are just completely out of ideas and don't know where to turn or what to do, you always have a fallback option that can serve as the perfect go-to when all else fails. Their age! While it definitely isn't the most personal, there are lots of different ways you can decorate a door to focus on their new age, like this giant balloon number.
14. Wizarding World
Marking the beginning of an era that shaped the childhoods of many and ending as one of the most popular series of books and movies in history, there is a good chance that the person for whom you are organizing the party might have an affinity for Harry Potter. Since there are so many different online stores that sell Harry Potter merchandise, it will be easy for you to purchase party decorations sufficient for door decorating. However, it would also be easy to make your own, just as this person has!
With Marvel and D.C. Comics hitting the world of movies and television shows so hard and so frequently, superheroes and superheroines have been hitting center stage. Luckily for you, this comes with many different options for door decorations! With so many heroes, movies, and superpowers to choose from, you are sure to be able to select a theme that works around the birthday person's favorite superhero.
16. Raise The Drawbridge!
This door decoration is absolute proof that you don't need to spend a lot of money or go overboard and be super fancy to pull off a truly special birthday party door decoration. To pull off this drawbridge door, all you need is a lot of cardboard, some string, butcher paper, and a printer to print off two pictures of torches.
17. Streamer Curtain
Curtains made of streamers can be made using a number of different materials, and if you don't feel like spending the time making it yourself, they can be purchased as well! Streamer curtains don't decorate the door itself, they are placed and secured above the door to create a curtain that can be walked through when the door is open. It can easily be made using any type of string, crepe paper, and tape.
18. Birthday Wreath
Wreath fever seems to have taken over these last couple years, given us a wreath for every holiday, season, and aesthetic. Luckily for the low maintenance birthday door decorator, this also means that there are wreaths for birthdays as well as winter, autumn, and spring themes.
There are many different kinds of birthday wreaths available, making it easy for you to find one that fits the theme of the party, and the personality of the person who is having the birthday.
19. Professional Sign
If you are actually putting the effort into planning a party, specifically if it's a surprise party, you may be too busy or too tired to put a ton of effort into personalizing a door or decorating it according to the party's theme. If that's the case, don't stress! You still have options available to you that don't involve too much time, planning, or decorating.
The most obvious of these options is to simply purchase a store-bought sign. There are a number of different types, which should make it pretty easy to find one that suits your fancy.
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