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Decorating a Big Room on a Budget

To celebrate my birthday this past weekend I threw a giant dance party at the Oh Happy Day studio (which is now available to rent for events!) The space is painted all white, so it’s a big blank slate. It’s B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L but also a little overwhelming. I struggled to find decorations that will fill up the space, make a big impact, and also be easy to set up (and tear down.) Enter: crepe paper streamers… 

Decorating a Big Room on a Budget | Oh Happy Day!

On the day of the party, I still wasn’t sure how I wanted to decorate until Jordan suggested going old-school and using tons of crepe paper streamers from the pipes that run along the ceilings. I ran to Party City and bought 40 rolls of 12 different colors.  I had four friends help me string them up and it took about 2 hours to finish the whole room. To get this look, we hung the colors in random order, taping them up about an inch apart, and we found that they looked better when the loops were hung at varying heights.

I love that when used in large amounts simple paper streamers completely transformed the large room. When my friends arrived, everyone was freaking out about how awesome it looked (these photos don’t even do it justice.) We danced under them all night! Success! 

Decorating a Big Room on a Budget | Oh Happy Day!

Decorating a Big Room on a Budget | Oh Happy Day!

Decorating a Big Room on a Budget | Oh Happy Day!

Decorating a Big Room on a Budget | Oh Happy Day!

Decorating a Big Room on a Budget | Oh Happy Day!

Decorating a Big Room on a Budget | Oh Happy Day!

Photos by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day

  1. LG

    August 9, 2016

    You went to Party City? But don’t you have a party supply store?

      • SR
      • August 9, 2016

      The OHD Shop does not sell traditional streamers, LG.

      • alison
        • alison
        • August 10, 2016

        Hey! Yes – our shop doesn’t currently carry crepe paper streamers. :)

  2. Michelle

    August 9, 2016

    This just looks utterly amazing, I have to do something similar!
    https://www.makeandmess.com/

  3. Trina and Tina

    August 9, 2016

    Wow! Love the streamers! What an impact with minimal supplies!
    http://www.sistersweetly.wordpress.com

  4. Amanda

    August 9, 2016

    Simple, festive, and beyond fun!

  5. Anne

    August 9, 2016

    Crepe paper has always been one of my favorite party and craft supplies. It’s cheap and fairly versatile. Great job with the place!

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  6. Raquel

    August 9, 2016

    What length did you use? 500 ft or 81ft?

    • alison
      • alison
      • August 10, 2016

      81 feet. Each roll made 2 strands the length of the room.

        • raquel
        • August 10, 2016

        thanks!

  7. Aleksandra

    August 9, 2016

    The streamers look so cool!

  8. CB

    August 9, 2016

    I LOVE your shirt and bow tie! Where did you get them?

    • alison
      • alison
      • August 10, 2016

      Both from Asos!

  9. Blythe

    August 10, 2016

    First of all – Alison you always have the best outfits!!
    Second of all – this is absolutely amazing! SO fun, colourful and simple too, it really looks great. I’d love to have a party that looks like this one

    -Blythe
    http://www.eleanorandemilio.com

  10. Merlynn Wierzbicki

    August 13, 2016

    This is amazing! Did you just hang them over that pole? And was the pole already there or did you put it there?

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