May is the month for First Holy Communions. It’s the beginning of Summer and the weather is just about nice enough to hold a communion party outside.

If you have decided to host your child’s communion party in a marquee and you want to make it perfect, memorable and a little extra special, here are some tips on how to decorate your marquee.

The following decorating tips are very easy to do and, best of all, they won’t break the bank;

Use Buntings

Wherever there are buntings, there’s a party going on so they’re a must for most people. They’re super easy to make, there is an endless number of colours, patterns and designs to choose from and they come in all different lengths too. You can also buy male and female communion themed buntings from your local shops so do keep an eye out.

Buntings can be placed all over your marquee but we would suggest placing them on the roof for maximum effect.

Get some flowers and balloons

Fresh flowers and balloons can really give life to your marquee.

If possible, get a theme going in terms of the colours you use and you will create a cohesive look that will wow your guests.

White is always a good choice and pair it with light blue if you’re celebrating a boy’s communion or choose light pink for a girl’s big day.

Welcoming table

Everybody loves canapés and cocktails (for the adults only) and they would look perfect on a table to welcome your guests.

It’s also a good idea to set up a smaller welcome table beside the adults’ table with some soft drinks and light nibbles for the kids. Use tablecloths and add some coloured confetti to the tables for more effect.


Marquees usually have high ceilings so it’s important to create height and drama with the table and ceiling decorations and lighting you use.

Try decorating the ceiling with lampshades of different sizes and hang them at different heights. Placing a centrepiece on each table would also be lovely, for example tea light candles in jam jars of different sizes always look great. You can also hang fairy lights for added effect. Check out our post on marquee lighting ideas to find out more!

Get a photo booth for the kids

If you don’t have the budget to rent a photo booth, it’s time to get creative and make your own!

All you need to do is segregate a section of the marquee with a white/blue/pink ribbon. Look around your kid’s bedroom and pop into your local toy store and fancy-dress shop for dress-up props. Get some cardboard and create a large frame that the kids can hold whilst taking their photos. You’ll also need to have someone there to take the photos so get one of your older kid’s or one of the adults in your family to be the designated photographer for an hour or two on the day. Trust us; a photo booth is always a big hit so make it possible!

Chill out area

Having a chill out area in your marquee for the children would also be a great idea. Get some beanbags and cushions and have some board games organised for them to keep them entertained. Designing a chill out area is cheap and cheerful and the children will love it.