I had a friend from the mom's group inquire about making a banner for her son's birthday party. She was very specific on the paper she wanted and sent me the link. They were using Debbie Mumm paper to make the invitations and it really was cute.
I found the paper in Michael's and bought all they had, as I didn't want to take any chance or running out mid-project and not be able to get more. That could be disastrous.
While in Michael's I saw these cute die-cut horse stickers and knew they were a must have for the spacers.
This banner did consist of a second strand for the name. Adding a name continuously to an already 8 foot banner can be too much, plus it gives them more options when they go to hang it for the party.