Saturday, December 6, 2008

Hot Air Balloon Centerpieces

As you saw in Ruby's nursery curtains, I have a hot air/flying machines theme going in her room. I decided to extend that theme to her baby shower this past summer before her arrival. I know, I know - you aren't supposed to be in charge of your own shower decor or theme, but my mom lives pretty far out of town, and she had already thrown me one shower at her house. So I decided that the more I could have done by the time she got here just one or two days before the shower, the less she would have to do and the more we could just visit together, have fun, and eat. The eating was especially important to me in my last month of pregnancy.


I bought some potted flowers. I think these were called "firewitch cheddar pinks" or something like that. I'd be lying if I said the name alone didn't appeal to me. But I wanted to get perennials so that people would get a more lasting take-home item. I got some unisex-looking baby fabric from the clearance section of Joann Fabrics, some unpainted napkin rings, and several 8" styrofoam balls. By the way, are you aware how much those balls cost?! After looking around for quite awhile on the internet, I actually felt that Joann had the best prices on them. If you get the next size up, there is a huge price jump of like $10. So I decided that the $3.99 eight-inch balls would be perfect!


I wrapped the fabric around a ball, then pulled it through the napkin ring. Then I took scissors and kind of hacked away at the bottom until all the fabric was trimmed away. I pushed a kabob skewer (you know, the kind you get at the regular grocery store) up through the center. The sharp end was perfect for that. Then I stuck it down into the plant. Then I cut up a regular white plastic party tablecloth to cover the container that the plants came in. I tied curling ribbon around the base to secure that on. Next, we tied ribbon on by going under the bottom, up to the top and crossing it over, and then taping it down to the bottom so it didn't move (you could also start at the top, cross under the bottom, and then tie at the top so you can curl the ends). Ma had made cute little buntings from leftover streamers (from the other shower with my aunties and cousins) and brought those with her to tape onto the sides. You just cut a circle, put a slit in it to the center, and accordion it until it is a half circle. Then you repeat with a smaller circle.


We put one centerpiece on each table with some confetti, then tied a small ribbon under one of the chairs. Then we announced that the person who got the ribbon under his or her chair won the centerpiece. I was proud and happy when people actually seemed happy to have won...

6 comments:

nicole said...

I love this whole theme - it's very whimsical without being overly "baby" or "girlie". And I think you did a great job translating it into these centerpieces. Also, I have these flowers in my garden and friends are always asking me what they are called (and I had forgotten the name). I will enjoy telling them they are "Firewitches!" in the future.

Anonymous said...

I love your decorations. What a creative idea. I love hot air balloons in the nursery ever since a lady submitted pictures to my decorating contest.

Here's the picture of the Hot Air Balloon Wall Mural that she did for her baby's room.

Thanks for sharing your pictures and instructions. I might give them a try next time I'm tagged to be a hostess.

Clubbs said...

Darling!

Anonymous said...

Hi! I'm looking for ideas to make hot air balloon centerpieces and stumbled across your blog, but I cannot see the images.

Do you mind send me the photos if you still have them?

Janwa28@aol.com

Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

I'd also love to see the images :-)

dawn.tuso@gmail.com

Gina said...

Hello, hello! SO sorry it took me so long to fix the pictures... I hope I am not too late to help!