Your Guide to Getting Creative for Crafty Birthday Celebrations

Birthdays are a special and memorable occasion to look forward to every year. And what better way to make someone feel appreciated than through a creatively crafted birthday celebration? Crafty decor can be used at birthday venues like homes, parks, restaurants—even adult-friendly arcades!

So whether you’re a seasoned crafting enthusiast or just dipping your toes into the DIY world, this guide is your go-to resource for a hands-on birthday celebration.

Start With a Photo Book

Set up a photo book at the main entrance of the birthday venue. This can be a personalized scrapbook or photo album containing pictures and memories of the birthday person. You can also use an instant Polaroid camera to snap photos of guests as they arrive and add them to the book with some cute notes!

Add Some Photo Booth Fun

Create a photo booth using colorful backdrops, props, and fun party accessories. This is an easy way to get everyone involved in the celebration and capture some great memories. You can also print the photos on-site and send them home with guests as a party favor! If an adult-friendly arcade is your venue, theme the photo booth props around popular arcade games for a unique touch.

DIY Decorations

Decorate the party space with handmade decorations from our list below!

1. Confetti Balloons

Fill clear balloons with confetti to add some color to the party decor. You can even personalize the confetti by adding messages or pictures before filling the balloons. They make for great photo props as well!

2. DIY Party Hats

Forget those generic party hats from the store, it’s time to get creative! Create party hats using colorful cardstock and decorate them with glitter, pom poms, or even feathers. You can also add the birthday person’s name to make it extra special.

3. Customized Banners

Add a personal touch to the party venue by creating customized banners. Use colorful paper and cut-out letters to spell out happy birthday messages or the birthday person’s name. You can also add photos or illustrations centered around the theme to make it more memorable—including your adult-friendly arcade or bowling alley venue!

Fun with Food

The food at a birthday party doesn’t have to be boring. Get crafty in the kitchen and create some delicious treats to impress your guests! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Themed Cake
  • Fondant Cupcake Tower
  • Personalized Treat Bags
  • DIY Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Pin the Tail on the Donkey (With a Twist)

Create a personalized version of this classic game by replacing the donkey with the birthday person’s face! Print out a large photo of their face and have guests compete to see who can pin a party hat closest to where it should be. This will bring some laughs and make for a great photo opportunity.

DIY Tote Bags-to-Go

Craft personalized tote bags for guests to take home as a party favor. You can use fabric paint or markers to decorate plain canvas bags with fun designs or even the birthday person’s name. Fill them with goodies like candy, small toys, or handmade items!

Enlist Stars and Strikes: An Adult-Friendly Arcade Venue You Can Personalize

For an unforgettable birthday experience, book a party at Stars and Strikes—a bowling alley, adult-friendly arcade and so much more all in one! We have customizable packages available for all budgets—plus, extra activities like bowling, laser tag, and escape rooms to ensure everyone has a blast. Find the nearest location online and reserve your party today!