Need some decorations fast, easy, and on a budget? I did when I was asked to help out with my mother’s 50th birthday party. In this post, I will go over two very easy designs, (1) Banners and (2) DIY Photobooth.


This was amazingly easy and super cute. All you need are a few things:

  1. Cardstock – I would argue that a good book of multi-color cardstock is a must-have in any household. There are so many adorable things you can do with it and it’s inexpensive to keep around. Joann’s almost always has coupons for 40% off one item so I paid $6 for 100 pages.
  2. Letter stickers – They sell these in different sizes and a pack comes with 4-5 of every letter so it will last you through a few different occasions as long as you can creatively incorporate Q’s, Z’s, and X’s.
  3. Paper trimmer or good old fashioned scissors. The paper trimmer just saves a ton of time but not necessary.
  4. Hole punch
  5. Twine or ribbon. Jute twine is another great resource for loads of different projects. It goes with every color and gives a more rustic look and feel.

With those materials, I really don’t need to give much direction. See for yourself:

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I also created one that said “Fifty”, “Five-O”, and my personal favorite “Dinosaur”.

DIY Photobooth

I will be the first to admit that the photobooth was a little “ghetto”, but it worked and you can’t argue that these little gifs that we made were totally worth it! (1)

How did I do it? I bought a $6 plastic easter table cloth from Joann’s. Any plastic tablecloth will do, though I would recommend ironing it first! You can see all the dark creases on the backdrop which is not ideal. I then created another banner and strung it across the top. The photos were taken with the new iphone 6 live photo feature and my husband converted them into gifs using the Live Gif app. Now we just post on facebook and fun memories for all!

Bonus: Cupcake Display!

And of course, you can’t have a party without cake! As cake for 50 people can be quite expensive, I elected to make my mother’s favorite: red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. I really shouldn’t have to say the “with cream cheese frosting” part as it should be a universally understood truth, but apparently it’s not quite there yet. You can reference the cupcake recipe here. And then arrange into the appropriate number!