Here are ideas for decorating for your next party.
How to make a fabulous Birthday Banner or any banner for that matter:
Step 1. Take card stock and cut into a circle or square shape. (use colors that work well for your party) I use those fun decorative scissors. (A gift from my dear friend) I used a paper plate as my guide
Step 2. Take decorative paper, I bought some on sale from Michaels or at least I used a coupon. If you haven't signed up for http://www.michaels.com/ e-mails I suggest you do that so you receive awesome coupons. Never buy something at full price when you can get it at a discount. Anyhoo I basically just took out papers that looked fun and again would go with my color scheme or at least be bright and cheery. I cut a smaller circle out and glued this to the larger circle.
Step 3. I also bought a letter template system from Michaels. I traced the large block letters on card stock and then cut them out and again glued them to the small inside circle.
Step 4. I attached all of this onto ribbon, I should have bought more ribbon but I suppose at that point my husband was tired of wandering around Michael's with our 3 boys while I was drooling over all the of the wonderful stuff I knew I couldn't buy.
Hang on wall and enjoy. You can use this banner again just keep the Happy Birthday and do a new name for another child. I also started this project about a month in advance, I made a goal for myself to make two circles with letters on them a day. This way I was done in plenty of time and I didn't feel overwhelmed or rushed.