Looking for party decorating ideas that double as nursery or playroom decor? I’ve got 10 ideas for you.
Let’s be honest, baby showers and children’s birthday parties are far too extravagant these days. I’m not even talking about celebrities – just us regular folks with regular salaries.
While I couldn’t find any statistics on baby showers to further drive my point home, a quick Google search revealed that it’s not uncommon for parents to spend $500+ on a child’s first birthday.
Um, excuse me?
Anyone else shocked by that number? For the record, that amount doesn’t include gifts.
Our Mila will turn 2 in just a few short months, and I’ve begun brainstorming birthday party ideas – hence, this post. My personal approach to decorating for special events is, let’s just say, a little more sensible than the statistics above, though I’m sure some would be quick to argue otherwise.
Resources are, of course, a highly subjective matter. But much like interior design, when it comes to party planning I am not above budget-friendly DIYs and getting creative with multi-purpose decor.
Even in my limited experience of motherhood, I quickly learned that a great way to maximize party budgets is to choose decor that can transition into the nursery or playroom after the event is over. Today I’m sharing 10 favorite ideas.
So, whether you’re currently planning a party or simply looking for nursery or playroom decor ideas, be sure to bookmark or pin this post. Please note that under every photo I included shoppable links for every item, in case something catches your eye.
1. Hand-Lettered Mirror
For Polina‘s French-inspired baby shower, I hand-lettered French phrases on several mirrors as part of the decor. My favorite is below – “bonjour bebe,” which means “hello baby.” The other one (not pictured) says “bienvenue” – meaning “welcome” in French. It hangs in our entryway, which is quite fitting.
Depending on your party theme, you could hand-letter a phrase that would then be appropriate for a nursery. Something like “bonjour bebe” is perfect, regardless of whether or not your nursery has a French theme.
Side note: When I first posted this hand-lettered mirror on Instagram, several of you requested a tutorial. I’m hoping to share that soon, so stay tuned.
2. Balloon Garland
For Mila’s first birthday party, I created a massive balloon garland. If you follow @FOXYOXIE on Instagram, you already know that some of these balloons are somehow still blown up…eight months after the party. They’ve relocated to the playroom and serve as great entertainment for Mila and her friends.
Talk about an easy (and effective!) way to decorate a child’s space!
3. Bunting or Garland
I created these tulle pom pom garlands (check out my DIY tutorial) for my baby shower back when I was pregnant with Mila. I tied the garlands to jumbo white balloons filled with helium, and they added a nice, handmade element to the decor.
Currently, one hangs in Mila’s nursery, and the others are in the playroom. They make great photo props, too!
4. DIY Prints
All of the prints in Mila’s nursery were designed by yours truly, and while I didn’t end up using them for any special event, I very well could.
If your party includes prints as part of the decor, it’s a no-brainer to display them in the nursery or playroom afterwards.
I just recently created these wreaths for the girls’ playroom – check out the oh-so-easy tutorial here. Although I personally haven’t used them as party decor, I’ve seen them in all sorts of events, from weddings to showers to birthday parties.
Obviously, these teepees’ original purpose is for imaginative play, but they are often used for parties with a bohemian theme.
Take the photo below, for example. Is it a party or a playroom? Either way, it works!
7. Photo Collage
I made this sweet collage, below, for Mila’s first birthday party, and the sentimentalist in me just couldn’t bear to take it apart. Then it occurred to me: Why not display it as decor in her room? The concept is the same as having a gallery wall or any photo display, really.
8. Star Lantern
While I’ve yet to use this star lantern for a special event, it’s definitely a multi-functional piece. I originally bought it as Christmas decor and later realized it would work perfectly in the girls’ playroom. Now, it adds the perfect dose of whimsy to the space, and you’d never know its original purpose.
Here are some theme ideas where you could use a star lantern: You Are My Sun, Moon and Stars; Winter Wonderland; Love You to the Moon and Back; Under the Stars; and – my personal favorite – Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
9. Desserts Stand
Obviously I don’t need to explain to you how a desserts stand is used for a party.
But have you considered using it as decor in a nursery? You could display toys or other decorative tchotchkes. Just make sure it’s baby-safe if your little one is already mobile.
10. Wood Letters, Symbols or Words
The most obvious example of this idea is the monograms or wooden name plaques you often see hanging over a crib in a nursery. These could oh-so-easily double as decor for the little one’s birthday!
A less obvious example is the ampersand sign, below. It’s actually a part of wooden display that reads “Mr & Mrs,” which I originally ordered for our wedding six years ago. Since then, I’ve repurposed the ampersand into decor for Mila’s nursery.