Sometimes you just need to spell it out! We’ve shown you clever ways to display initials, but what about creating an easy and festive DIY sign for a party or event? Whether you’re planning a wedding, organizing a birthday party, or already getting pumped for the holidays, here are 20 ideas to get you inspired. Oh, and you can feel free to cue up The Sign by Ace of Base.

1. Balloon Signage: First up, balloons! We love these giant letter and number balloons (available on Amazon or Party City) for a dessert table or photo backdrop. (via Ruffled Blog)

2. Love’s Been Good to Me: Created for a Johnny Cash themed wedding, turn your favorite quote into decor using cardboard paper mache letters and a bit of fringe. (via Jesi Haack Design)

3. Vintage Illuminated Sign: This gorgeous sign is like those old text signs you see on the side of the road, but is turned totally retro-chic for a wedding event. (via Bash Please)

4. Movie Marquee: One of our favorite customized projects here at Brit HQ, all you need is cardboard letters, string lights, and paint to make your very own marquee. (via Brit + Co.)

5. You Are Here: We love the fact that the background of this glowing sign is a map. All that’s missing is the pushpin with your location. (via daveotuttle on Flickr)

6. Mini Paper Marquee: A minier version of the movie marquee, this one is created using colorful paper and standard holiday lights. We love the idea of using it as a centerpiece or bookshelf decor. (via Brit + Co.)

7. Blooming Monogram: Take those cardboard letters and fill ’em up with flowers! (via Parcel Post)

8. Nail String Art: We always come back to this DIY basic because it’s easy, handmade, and easy to customize in any color palette or typeface you like. (via Brit + Co.)

9. Letter Coatrack: How cool is this? Create one with you and your roomie or significant other’s names for your entryway or simply as decor for a party. (via Oh Happy Day)

10. Light Up Headboard: Another one we’ve featured before, to create this they drew on the design, drilled holes through the headboard, and backed with lighting. (via A Beautiful Mess)

11. Pom Pom Sign: You can always come back to pom poms! This one is actually for sale but we love the idea of DIYing with wire or cardboard letters, glue, and string. (via Furbish Studio)

12. Bright Yellow Blocks: Sugar, oh honey honey! Go for a burst of color by spray painting letters with your wedding colors and create a crazy festive backdrop to complement. (via Jesi Haack Design)

13. Metallic Letters: A great permanent piece in the kitchen, you could also do something similar for a party… but we recommend adding glitter, sequins, or confetti. (via Creative Index)

14. Paper Cutout: Could this be any sweeter? Such a cute way to display an adorable message. (via OD Interiors on Instagram)

15. YOLO: You get two trends in one with this white neon sign. It makes a great reminder to get out there and enjoy yourself. (via Alex Amend Photography on Houzz)

16. Cross-Stitch Coat Rack: This has been on our to-make list forever, and now that we’re in a new office it’s finally time to get ‘er done! (via Charlotte’s Fancy)

17. Concrete Letter Bookends: These were created using the same letters we used to make our vintage style marquee!(via Eilen Tein)

18. Number-Shaped Envelope Sign: This would be such a cool guestbook for a party or wedding. (via Oh Happy Day)

19. Vintage Neon Beer Sign: How awesome is this? You have to join the auction site to get the price but it would be a great DIY pop piece for a man cave or den. (via 1st Dibs)

20. Rope Sign: Create a cute rope sign for that wedding shower or graduation party you’re planning. You can spell out any name or message. (via Green Wedding Shoes)

And that’s it! What’s your sign? I mean… what’s your favorite sign on this list? Tell us in the comments below.