My youngest son has a birthday just a few days after Christmas. In a way it's good because it forces me to get the holidays wrapped up, the decorations put a way and that huge mound of gifts sorted out. But then it's a rush to get things ready to celebrate him. We usually do a family dinner on the actual birthday and a party when we can fit it in around the family's holiday schedule. While the party is a little more detailed in the decorations department, the family dinner is much more casual. This DIY table runner is a great birthday idea for creating a little fuss over the guest of honor without creating a ton of more work for yourself.
The table runner is super easy, really inexpensive and can be personalized in tons of ways! I grabbed this roll of kraft paper from the hardware store for less than $7. It is the perfect width to easily create a runner and the only cutting you need to do is the ends. But if you like things a little bit unfinished like I do, you just need to tear it. I had this stamp custom-made (because I like using HBD instead of writing out Happy Birthday, you guys, it's just so long and cumbersome) but you can use any stamp they have at the craft store. I was worried the stamp would be too big for the stamp pad, but you can just dab it twice to ensure you are covering everywhere.
Stamp away. So easy. I recommend placing the kraft paper on your table first to create the runner. Then you'll be able to stamp the image wherever you think it looks best. I made sure it faced both sides of the table. This is perfect for all types of parties. It can be simple and plain and masculine, or you can play it up with glitter touches and pinks to make it work for a little girl. Here I did it sort of unisex with a mix of colors. And wine. Always wine.
You can even leave pens on the table and have the guests write little notes as they arrive to your house. Then when it's time to sit down, the birthday boy (in our case) can go around the table and read what everyone has written.This simple birthday idea is a great way to celebrate anyone! This would work for a Christmas runner too. And would be even more awesome for Thanksgiving where everyone can write what they are thankful for!