I love throwing birthday parties! What a blessing – the chance to make your loved ones feel special, to celebrate them and with them! So I use my artsy fartsy side to add fun personal touches, without breaking the bank!

For my kiddos’ birthdays, the first step is picking a the theme. It’s so cute because these little ones take this decision very seriously. Once they agree with their twin on a theme, I take it from there with a personalized banner and piñata, and a pun-filled menu.

We had a Pokémon themed birthday party for my girls. Here’s the How-To on the banner. After this, checkout my blog on the Pokémon Personalized Piñata (http://thehowtoduo.com/occasions/pokemon-personalized-pinata/).

 

HOW TO MAKE A PERSONALIZED BIRTHDAY BANNER USING POWERPOINT:

  1. Familiarize yourself with PowerPoint. It’s so user-friendly, even for technically-challenged little old me.
  2. Use Google image searches. It’s especially helpful when you’re able to find images with no background (they show up on the search with a checkered gray background, but then have no background when you copy & paste onto PowerPoint).
  3. Google image search “Pokeball,” then copy & paste it into PowerPoint. Resize the ball to 7×7 inches.
  4. Insert a 4×4 inch circle onto the middle of the Pokeball (“Shape Outline” is black with 20 pt “Weight,” and “Shape Fill” is white).
  5. Insert a “Text Box” in the middle of the white circle & type 1 letter per Pokeball (to eventually spell “Happy Birthday” & your child’s name). I used the font MV Bovi, font size 200.
  6. You can also Google image search Pokémon characters with no background to copy & paste over the Pokeballs.

 

HOW TO STRING THE POKEBALLS TOGETHER:

  1. Print Pokeballs onto cardstock paper & cut them out.
  2. Punch 2 holes on each side.
  3. Line up the holes & use 4 inch long strips of ribbon to tie the Pokeballs together, alternating 1 ball in front & 1 ball behind.

 

WHAT A PERFECT BACKGROUND FOR BIRTHDAY PHOTOS!

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