Our inspiration was the decorations/fabrics from London's first birthday party. I worked so hard on creating these things I didn't want to just throw them away! So my mother sewed pillows and curtains out of the table fabrics I had gotten for the party after it was over. We also used the paper lanterns and wall decorations from the party, as well as the color scheme. I love bold patterns mixed with fun textures!
I really love color...pops of color, bold textures and fabrics. Also, DIY and low-budget...every room in our house is decorated with a very low budget in mind, making a lot of the projects DIY for us.
For the party I made and reused: The "London Tree"...the large tree made of circles of scrapbook paper, ribbon, and cardstock filled with photos of London I took from the first year. Also, as said before, my mom sewed the curtains and pillows from the fabric we used on the tables at the party. Her party theme was Owls, so we had lots of owl wall decor to use here as well. The circles over the couches and a few other large pieces were reused. I handmade London's name on the wall for the party as well. I also purchased turquoise, lime green, brown, and orange paper lanters for the party and chose ribbons of different sizes and patterns to hang them with. The orange rug is from Wal-Mart, the couch-bed is from Ashley furniture, and there is also a TV and PS3 (daddy's haha) hidden in a TV cabinet from Target. The art table is from Way Basics that I got with a coupon and the storage ottoman chairs are from Target as well. The toy box and little chair are also Target.
I LOVE the pillows and the "London Tree" :)
Don't throw away birthday party decor! There is always a way to reuse it, whether it is in a scrapbook, future bedroom, playroom, nursery, or just to let a friend use it later! Keep your fabrics and letters/cut-outs for baby showers and future birthdays.