Personalized party decorations don’t have to be expensive.  For a great vintage-looking birthday banner, make black and white copies of the guest of honor’s childhood photos.  Cut the copies into individual squares that are roughly the same size.  Choose a streamer color that coordinates with the party colors.  Line the streamer up with a ruler and mark the streamer with a pen every 6 inches (or more, depending on how many photos you have).  Pre-marking the streamer will ensure that your photos are evenly spaced.  Using double sided tape, stick each photo onto the streamer in the places you marked.  Hang the streamers with double sided tape, tacks or poster putty on a wall or over a window.  Party guests will love looking at old pictures and your guest of honor will have a fun memento to take home.


*My sister Rachel  – also a very hip hostess – made the banner shown (and over a dozen more) for a party we threw for our sister Sara’s birthday.  We had the party in the private room of a restaurant and had these banners all over the walls and in the windows.  They were a huge hit.