Make It Bold: A Vibrant Color Coded Birthday Packed with DIY Ideas + Printables

By Brittni • posted on 02/14/2024

Colorful Modern Birthday Party

Lately, my color palette has been leaning toward the pastel side. But I love bright, bold colors too and they haven’t been getting enough love around here lately. So, I partnered with HP to share a bold party post inspired by the bold colors of the brand new HP Pavilion 17.3″ notebook that will be airing on HSNs Todays Special segment on July 18th (this Saturday).

To celebrate the “birth” of Windows 10, which come with the new 17 inch notebooks, this party’s theme is birthday. Which means there are plenty of cakes, party hats, and a giant photobooth backdrop. Be sure to tune in to HSN’s live segment later this week for even more colorful party ideas. 

'Happy' DIY Printable. Click through to download.

Colorful HP Pavillon Notebook

More about the HP Pavilion 17 notebook…. It’s available exclusively on HSN and comes in 5 colors (blue, red, purple, white, and silver), fully loaded with Windows 10! And just FYI, if money is a little tight, its also available on Flex Pay, so you don’t have to break the bank to get a new laptop. Yay! More info on specs here.

Colorful HP Birthday Party

'Happy' DIY Printable. Click through to download.


Inspired by 3 of the 5 notebook colors (red, purple, and blue), I created 3 printables, one in each color. I wanted to create something that would work for birthdays AND beyond, so I kept the message simple…I actually just hung the blue version of this print in my hallway yesterday. No occasion needed.

To make the printables (which can downloaded at the bottom of this post), I photographed some colorful rock candy up close, then played around with the design a little with different fonts, etc. I had mine printed at FedEx Office, in case you’re wondering how I printed mine so large. The file size is 16×20 but you can have it printed smaller as well.

Printable Party Hats DIY

Printable DIY Party Hats

HAPPY Party Hats DIY

And what birthday celebration is complete without a party hat, right?

With a couple of the extra prints, we whipped up some party hats. They’re super easy to make! Just use one of the printables from this post, and trace a party hat template over the print. Cut it out, roll it into a cone and glue it together. We used hot glue, but you can use regular craft glue or a stapler instead, if you prefer. Add an elastic string or hot glue it to a headband and you’re good to go.

Colorful Photo Booth Backdrop

Colorful DIY Party Ideas

DIY Naked Cakes for Parties and Beyond

A Colorful Modern (DIY) Party

Confetti, fun glassware, and a seriously colorful backdrop (that doubles as a photobooth) always help to play up the party factor. Naked cakes and some little treat bags were another addition that brought in a playful vibe. I’ll be posting the tutorials for the cakes and the bags in the coming weeks, in case you’re interested in making either of those.

DIY Printable Party Hats

Blah Blah Blah Glassware

Colorful (DIY) Photo Booth Backdrop

Photography Kimberly Murray
Craft and styling assistant Linda Jednaszewski
Concept and styling Brittni Mehlhoff

– Click here for BLUE ‘happy happy happy’ printable

– Click here for PURPLE ‘happy happy happy’ printable

– Click here for RED ‘happy happy happy’ printable

So that’s it for this bold birthday inspired party. What colors have you been inspired by lately?

This post is in partnership with HP. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Paper & Stitch running.

12 comments | Click here to reply

Love it !!! So colorful …


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LOVE the printables!! Thanks for sharing 🙂 The colors are fantastic.

Georgia @ Silver Spiral Studio

This looks like the perfect party :)) A great idea for my next birthday hehe, xo Sophia


Now that’s a party I’d want to attend! So colorful and happy, love it 🙂

Rachel | The Crafted Life

Those notebook’s look pretty cool actually. Love your creations that were inspired from them more! 😛


Haha. Thanks Sharon.


dang you’re clever, girl. i get my ‘clever’ fix here.

sharon /

Happy to hear you like it! Thanks Honey & Gazelle.


Love this post and how everything is so bright and happy (: Appreciate the effort that went into creating the set up for the pictures, and the colour of the HP laptop is AMAZING!


Thanks Patricia! The wall took a while to put together…somewhere between 2 and 3 hours with 2 people. BUT we were being very selective with where we were putting colors and even spacing things. So, I imagine you could speed up that process (and create it on a smaller scale) in a lot less time. Hope that helps.



How long do you need to finish?

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