Yard Signs To Decorate Your Party: Make Your Celebration Shine!

Signs play an essential role in any good party. They help guide guests to the proper location (always important!), they help advertise the event (if it’s an open-to-the-public type of celebration), they add new layers to the theme of the party (you have a theme, right?), and they are just plain fun. With the help of a personalized sign maker, you can ensure that your party décor isn’t just right for the occasion but also unique and memorable in its own right. So before you go pulling signs off the shelf at your local party supply store, read on and find out how to get the best signs to decorate your party. 

Before we get into some of the things you should look for when choosing your party signs, let’s take a moment to expand on the four basic categories of signage. 

Party Signs: 4 Distinct Categories

Advertising Signs – These can be signs placed anywhere for the purpose of drawing more people to your event. From flyers you post downtown to signs you plant right in your front yard, these are bold, eye-catching signs that are clear about four things: The date of the party, the time of the party, the location of the party, and the purpose of the party.

Directional Signs – Even within this category, there are two distinct subcategories: Signs that let people know how to get to your event and signs that tell people where to go once they’ve arrived. The former type can be placed around your neighborhood with simple directional arrows and addresses. The latter can be posted up around the party to tell people where to go for drinks, where to find the bathrooms, and so forth. You may find both (or neither) necessary depending on where your party is being held, how many people you expect, and how large the hosting venue is. 

Themed Signs – You wouldn’t be impressed if you went to a Halloween party and saw signs painted red and green, with faux-snow dripping from their edges, now would you? Succeeding in the domain of party décor means finding your theme and then making sure that all of your decorations – up to and including your signs – match that theme as well as possible. This theme gives guests the experience of attending an actual EVENT…and not just another random get-together. 

Personalized Signs – Last but not least, let’s talk a little bit about the importance of customization. Stock signage may work for some of your basic party needs, but you can only take your party to the next level when you get one-of-a-kind, personalized signs for the occasion. These signs are especially important when decorating engagement parties, graduation parties, baby showers, and other events that are really about the celebration of a specific individual or couple. The sign then serves double-duty: A terrific decoration and a wonderful memento. 

Buying Signs to Decorate Your Party: 3 Things to Consider

No matter what “category” of party sign you’re looking for, there are some common elements to consider when making your purchase. By thinking about these things ahead of time, you can save yourself time and frustration when you’re ready to pull out your wallet and do some shopping. Before we start talking about specific types of signs, let’s go over a few things you should consider before buying party signs. 

#1 – The Environment

No, we don’t mean you need to worry about whether or not your sign is “green” enough (though you can certainly take that into consideration as well). We’re talking about the basic question of: Where is your party going to take place? Indoors? Outdoors? What will the weather be like? It doesn’t make sense to buy a sign prone to the elements if you’re holding a party in the Arizona heat. At the same time, a strong outdoor sign may look wildly out of place at an indoor event. 

#2 – Specifics

The more specific you can get, the better your party signs will turn out. “Happy holidays” might make for a nice, anemic way to make sure everyone is included, but if you’re holding an out-and-out Christmas party, signs that make mention of that specific holiday are going to fit the theme much more appropriately. And if you can adorn the sign with the correct dates – even if it’s just the year – it will make them all the more memorable.

#3 – Customization

In some ways, this is an extension of “specifics,” except now we’re getting down to the nitty-gritty. Find a custom sign shop, pay a little extra to have names engraved onto the material, and you will have elevated the party all in one fell swoop. Good customization usually doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, and for the value you get in return, it’s an investment you can be confident in making. 

Signs to Decorate Your Party: A Comprehensive Overview

Okay, now that we’ve covered sign categories and some of the things to consider before buying party signs, let’s jump into the fun part. Here’s a comprehensive overview of the most popular types of parties and the signs that will make your decoration scheme shine!

Engagement Party Signs – The name of the game when it comes to engagement party signs is “elegance.” Clearly, budgetary concerns will be on the couple’s mind – weddings aren’t cheap, after all – but that’s no excuse for cheaping out on party decorations. At the very least, you want to get the signage right. For this, we highly recommend clear acrylic signs that announce the newly engaged by name. These beautiful signs can transform any space – indoor or outdoor – into a lovely party environment.

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Gender Reveal Party Signs – Once upon a time, not so long ago, couples would either wait until the child’s birth to find out the gender or they would find out from their doctor in the sterile confines of an office. No more! These days, gender reveal parties are all the rage as couples share the special moment of revelation with their friends and family. These parties are perfect for great, fun signage that hints at the anticipation everyone will be feeling on the big day. 

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Birthday Yard Signs – We’ve had some difficult months as a country and we’ve survived periods where celebrations had to be temporarily postponed for the sake of public health. In the meantime, many have chosen to “celebrate” communally with colorful yard signs that announce special occasions to the neighborhood. But birthday party yard signs aren’t just fit for social distancing; they remain a perfect way to advertise a party and bring everyone in on the fun!

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Welcome Home Baby Yard Signs – While we’re on the subject, let’s talk about celebratory “Welcome Home Baby” signs, which are absolutely perfect for the yard. While “sip and see” events may become appropriate several months after the baby is born, a large gathering for a newborn is not typically a great idea, even when there isn’t a pandemic in the air. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t share your joy with the world. A nice collection of “Welcome Home Baby” signs can let everyone in your community know there’s a new arrival to celebrate, and the photos of your decorations will fit nicely into any baby’s photo album.

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New Year’s Eve Signs – Nothing gets people in the mood to come together and have a bash quite like the ringing-in of a brand new year. Much like our advice for engagement parties, our recommendation here is once again to err on the classy side. Sure, if it’s a party for kids or teens, you have some room to maneuver, but if you’re holding a special gala where people are getting dressed up and having champagne, you’ll want to make sure your party signs match the theme.

Father’s Day Yard Signs – What better way to make sure Dad feels appreciated than to decorate your party and/or yard with special Father’s Day Signs? You don’t have to be extremely tapped into our culture to understand that fathers usually get the short end of the stick when it comes to their one day of celebration. All the focus, it seems to us, goes to the previous month’s Mother’s Day celebrations. Well, you can change that by going all out and showing your dad how much he means to you with outstanding party décor. 

Baby Shower Yard Signs – Months before we get to use those beautiful “Welcome Home Baby” signs, there’s another traditional party to worry about: The baby shower! More often than not, you’re going to want signs with a pink or blue color scheme to match the gender of your upcoming arrival, but of course you can go with any theme you like. Baby shower signs should usually hit a soft, pastel sort of tone, setting the mood for a loving, reflective party surrounded by close friends and adoring family members. Supplement your baby shower signs with full, colorful balloons for a terrific overall presentation!

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Christmas Yard Signs – Christmas parties are second only to birthday parties when it comes to the myriad themes and tones you can strike. Our answer to almost any question pertaining to a Christmas party will be, “it depends.” It depends on whether this is a party for adults or children. It depends on whether or not there will be religious themes at the party. It depends on whether you want to go in an elegant, frosty direction or a fun, Santa-themed route. No matter which path you choose, though, great signs will help you bring your theme to its fullest potential. 

Bridal Shower Signs – Boy, getting married involves a whole lot of parties in our modern culture! For some people, all of these gatherings will feel like a burden, but for others, this makes for a great excuse for everyone to get together, have a ton of fun, and (of course) get some great presents. Like all party signs, bridal shower signs will serve a number of purposes. For the exterior, a sign can work as a post for pure information. For the interior, it can add charm and warmth to the decoration scheme. And, of course, if you’re having a garden party, you can have the best of both worlds! 

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Graduation Yard Signs – The 2020 pandemic brought with it a lot of misery beyond the actual illnesses: Economic loss, forced isolation, and political turmoil to name just a few. But one of the saddest aspects of the early outbreak was watching young, hopeful seniors have to forgo their own high school graduation ceremonies. Graduation yard signs made a big splash in the meantime, alerting the community to achievements that the schools could not celebrate. Even beyond the pandemic, however, we expect these signs to remain very popular. 

Wedding Signs – And here we are at the grandest party of them all: The wedding! For ceremonies that used to be fairly predictable – church setting, reception hall, etc. – weddings have become as diverse and unique as any other aspect of American life. Beach weddings, garden weddings…people even get married on cruise lines these days! No matter what kind of wedding you’re having or what you want your reception to look like, you can find the signs that are right for you. As always, the priority is customization. You want dates, you want names, and you want a message that makes it absolutely clear that this is a new era for the happy couple. Oh, and a theme of union and love is probably a good way to go!

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