The inspiration for our tablescape was pulled from the coloring of these melamine plates from The Platte Shoppe. We wanted to highlight the bold blue coloring from the polka dotted plates, so we chose to add royal blue chargers under our dinner and salad plates. To pull the look together, we added monogrammed linen napkins with a red border underneath our dinner plate. Adding color and texture variations to a place setting is a simple way to add visual interest to any table’s design.
To add additional color, and a bit of playfulness to the design, we put together this simple balloon centerpiece.
DIY Holly Balloon Centerpiece
To recreate this oversized balloon holly centerpiece, you will need red or red & white balloons, green poster board, scissors and adhesive tape such as 3D glue dots.
Step 1: Inflate 3 red balloons with air (not helium). We chose to use red & white polka dot balloons, however any shade of red will work wonders.
Step 2: Attach the balloons together in the shape of a circle either by using adhesive tape, or you can use a large knitting needle and fishing line. To use fishing line, poke a small hole with the needle through the tied end of the balloon; thread your fishing line through each of the three balloons, gently pull together and then tie a knot. If you are using adhesive tape or 3D glue dots, you can attach the balloons directly to the pre-cut holly leaves in the center of your design.
Step 3: Trace a holly leaf design on 3 pieces of large poster board to the scale of your table. Using scissors, cut around the edges to form 3, large holly leaves (approximately 24-30″ in length). Next, create a crease down the center of your leaf, working to align the two ends if possible. Press to fold. Once you unfold your leaf, you should have a 3D version that you can attach to your balloon centerpiece.
Step 4: Assemble and position your centerpiece on your table.
We loved the idea of adding this simple, playful balloon centerpiece to our table and it’s easy to recreate at home on a budget.