Most people put a fair amount of thought into the party itself but leave out thinking through the party entrance. Next to the invitation that you send out, the entry really sets the stage for the party. Whether it is with luminaries or a wreath, the entry is where the party starts!

It truly does not have to be anything complicated but something that introduces the theme or overall feel of the party. These simple bats of Living at Home are a great and very creative example of a great entry into a Halloween party!

We personally have an item in our “Meat and Potatoes” party stash that is one of our go-tos for entry decor. Whether it’s a baby shower or a birthday party, we can add something simple to this cute wreath like a wooden monogram, entry sign, or simple bow like ours below. An alternative to this felt wreath we made is an easy DIY project from Tatertots and Jello with cupcake liners.

Maybe even consider making a wreath for the guests of honor at a couples’ wedding shower. This super cute extension cord wreath doubles as a great housewarming present for the young newlyweds!

Image courtesy of Catch My Party

Some other ideas for a party entry:

  1. A simple chalkboard–definitely reusable and many of us have these at home for our children–with a message to guests. A diagram of football plays and a welcome message would definitely set the stage for a football party!

    Or in this Parisian themed baby shower from C Stands for Carrie, a chalkboard greeting brought about a feeling of a quiet French cafe.
  2. Something engaging and playful is always a way to hook the guests on their way in! Oversized dinosaur tracks or a hopscotch game are easy things to do with sidewalk chalk and only take a few minutes before the party.
  3. Balloons! Not only are balloons a way to serve as a landmark for guests to find their way to the event location, they are an easy way to dress up an entry. Balloons definitely provide the most bang for your buck. Who doesn’t LOVE balloons?!? The more the merrier and this entry really makes a statement!

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    So for your next party, put some thought into the first thing your guests see when they arrive and make a grand entrance–literally!