Celebration Balloon Wreath

Today’s post seems fitting because we have so much to celebrate this week!  In honor of Kate, we’re partying for Mardi Gras (ya know, good girl style, with fried carbs instead of inappropriate flashing and public drunkenness) which also coincides with Brazilian Carnival, something dear to my heart (again, make some Brazilian Lemonade don’t wake up in a gutter somewhere in Rio…) PLUS, in the next day or two we’re hopping on planes to Salt Lake City for the launch of our cookbook and we hope to meet many of YOU at our signings! (Details at the end of this post.) To top it all off, yesterday marked the 3rd year from the day we started this little recipe blog.  See?  So many reasons to celebrate!

I first saw this fun wreath on How Does She and I fell in love with it immediately.  Why?  For starters, I’m pretty sure I recently developed an obsession with wreaths.  You may have noticed.  Kate has.  It also looked so easy, and didn’t take a lot of materials.  Lastly, how fun is it?  I just look at it and smile.  At our house we pull it out any time it’s someone’s birthday.  Use it to celebrate whatever the heck it is you’re celebrating!

Materials:

  • Straw Wreath– the kind wrapped in plastic, they’re super cheap at craft stores.  I think I paid $2 for a 14″ wreath.  Foam or styrofoam could work also, but the straw works really well and it looks better if you don’t end up covering every last inch.
  • Floral Pins– you don’t need a gigantic pack like I have.  I’m sort of addicted to buying in bulk.  I need more projects with floral pins.

  • Latex Balloons– lots of them.  You can really stretch the amount you have, or you can really pack them in tight.  I used about 275 Balloons.  Remember, balloons are cheap, buy in bulk, try the party store or dollar store.  I bought a bunch of mine at Walmart. I covered enough that you can’t see the wreath unless you get close up and look at the very side.

Take a floral pin and place a balloon right in the middle of the opening

Then just push the pin right into the wreath. Note you leave the plastic covering on your wreath.  The pins go right in, easily.

See?  Adorable little balloon. But lonely.  He won’t be lonely for long.  Grab another pin and just keep repeating the process.

You’ll get a feel for how close to place the balloons as you go along.  I found after a while I could spread them out more than I originally thought because the balloons are propped up and floppy so they fill in the space.  I probably placed the pins about an inch, or maybe a little less than an inch, apart.

Make sure your tv is turned on at this point.  This actually goes really fast.  I made mine start to finish while catching up on 2 episodes of 30 Rock.  And that’s with fast forwarding the commercials!

When I got all the way around and there was just a little space left, I wrapped a big ribbon around the wreath.  I then placed the remaining floral pins and balloons right through the ribbon which secured it in place.

Then you’re all ready to go.  Hang ‘er up and party!

Seriously cute, right??  I love.

Speaking of celebration, we are SO excited to meet some of you readers this week!  Pretty pretty please come see us so we can say hello!  Below is a reminder of the times and dates of the book signings this week.  Many of you have been asking about other states- and they’re coming!  We’ll announce things as they’re planned, we have lots of exciting things on the horizon.  Those of you coming to cook with us at Orson Gygi on Friday, you will be receiving emails in the near future so hang tight!

Utah Book Signings- This Week!

Thursday Night (3/10) 6:30 pm Deseret Book: 1076 S 750 E Orem, UT

Friday Afternoon (3/11) 12-1 pm Orson Gygi: 3500 S 300 W Salt Lake City, UT

Friday Night (3/11) 6:30pm Deseret Book 1110 E Fort Union Blvd Midvale, UT

Saturday Afternoon (3/12) 11 am-1 pm Deseret Book 135 N 545 W Bountiful, UT

Wahoo!  Can’t wait to meet you!  (Yes, I’m talking to YOU 🙂

141 comments

  1. I *absolutely* love this! Love it, love it, love it!

    My boys’ birthdays are coming up in April and I have to make this! I might even make two; one for me and one for my mother-in-law.

    thanks for sharing this super cute, great, easy, cheap idea! 🙂

  2. This is so cute! I can see using this like a candle-ring used beneath a cake placed on a footed server really standout. Thanks so much for sharing.

    1. RosieP, what a cute idea! I’m thinking I’ll make one of these for a family birthday tradition—to hang outdoors or in on everyone’s birthday. My little guy’s 2nd birthday is coming up.

  3. This is such a cute idea! I don’t have kids yet but I’m always looking for fun ideas to do with my kids!

  4. My daughters birthday is in 2 weeks and I’m totally going to make this! I love this idea, thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. Great idea! By the way, I LOVE the new look of your site! way more user friendly for simple people like me! LOL 🙂

  6. Beautimous! I am so making this before my baby’s first birthday at the end of the month. It shall be named “birthday wreath.”

  7. This is darling, and I love RosieP’s idea. And my daughter’s 6th birthday is next week, and she is obsessed with balloons. BUT, the second I was out of sight for more than a minute, busy with the baby, she’d have this thing off the wall and half the balloons yanked off. *sigh* But still, maybe she wouldn’t! Maybe….

  8. That is adorable!

    I got your cook book for my birthday. I love, love, love it! I’ve used it every night since I got it, and every recipe I’ve tried has been a huge hit with my fam! Thanks so much for sharing your recipes and other cooking skills! 🙂

  9. Oh my word Sara, if that’s not the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! I’m so going to Hobby Lobby at lunch to get supplies. I love your website, and the new look is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing all of your fabulous ideas ladies!

  10. that’s a pretty cool wreath. thanks for sharing that. love your site and enjoy your fans. wish i could be there, but it would mean different family holidays. you know how it is. sometimes they come first.

  11. YEAH! Thanks for linking and I LOVE how yours turned out. Fun birthday times!!

  12. LOVE the site re-design! Super cute and I love the new categories at the top – thanks for providing me with such great ideas! Love the blog!

  13. Ladies, I just wanted to tell my copy of your cookbook arrived in the mail yesterday (a few weeks early!), and it’s GORGEOUS! Well done, and a round of applause to you both.

    PS…cute wreath!

  14. I am counting down the days till the cookbook comes out!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Have fun at your book signing! Wish you came near us LOL! Northern California 🙂
    I am going to make this project and give it away on my blog..It looks like so much fun!
    Mandy

  15. Awesome! My baby boy’s birthday party is on the 26 and I am going to try to find the supplies here in Belgium to make one. Thank you so much.

    1. I have made this and I too am allergic to latex. I used latex free gloves to make this and handling is only for a second to hang and to put away I just wash my hands immediatly and I have not broke out yet. Oh and I did this outside for the fresh air.

  16. Such a fun party idea!!
    Just read your LDSLiving article … and I absolutely LOVEd it, you both really are amazing people!! Also, having so much fun “cooking my way” through your entire cookbook, great stuff 🙂 Thank you for sharing!!! So looking forward to all those upcoming projects you gals are working on 🙂

  17. LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have a bit of a wreath obsession myself and will have to make one in time for my daughter’s upcomming birthday!

    BTW – Got your cookbook last week and I’m LOVING it!!!

  18. Quick question about the new website, it no longer updates on my blogroll when you add a new post. I just like always being able to see when you post something new! Will that be fixed, or do you know if I need to change something on my blog so I can view it?

  19. Love this wreath! How much more cheerful can you possibly get?

    It was pretty exciting being in Deseret Book this morning and seeing your cookbook, while hearing it being advertised over the intercom at the same time ( :

  20. It is birthday time at our house and my kids were off from school today so we made this wreath and it turned out great. It was super easy, and I am definitely not a crafty girl! Thanks for the great idea! I love your site, it’s my favorite.

  21. So cute!!!! Btw when did you guys change your blog?? I love the one you had before 🙁 But this is nice also!

    Happy Partyin’ Mormon Style 😉
    Melinda

  22. You gals are so fun, and your blog is so colourful! And of course you two managed to make a cookbook that was too! Loving it, and sharing your ideas with others! Ya done good!

  23. I would love to win a cookbook . . . especially because I was originally suppose to be at the Kick Off today at Orson Gygi. My sis was told she had 3 tickets but then only got 2 and she was told she was not allowed to bring me. Stinks because I told everyone that I was going and now have to tell them about this unfortunate mishap.

  24. i NEED this book, but to be honest am too cheap to purchase it…so i need to win it! problem solved!!!

  25. If I win your cookbook I will make every recipe in the cookbook. And my family will be very appreciative.

  26. I love it! I host my own birthday party every year with my gal-pals and I’m going to hang this on my front door for a very festive entry!!! Let the celebration begin! Thanks so much for the idea! I love your website and can’t wait to get your new cookbook! You have the best ideas from A-Z!

  27. A friend turned me on to your website. It looks awesome! I can’t wait to try some of the recipes and crafts. The Celebration Balloon Wreath is adorable!

  28. I would LOVE to win the cookbook. I have been working extra hard to save money to get it, so this would be an awesome boost! I love everything about you guys. You make me WANT to cook (that says a lot). Thanks- hope I win!

  29. I’ve been drooling over your book/website since the day I found it. I’ve made a half dozen recipes from your site. Now only if I could get a copy of that book…… WooWee would I be doing some cooking.

  30. Brand new reader and sooooo pleased with everything I see. Already made the Spicy Honey Chicken and it looked just like the picture. That never happens! Thank you!!

  31. Wow. Cute balloon wreathe. After living through hundreds of craft fairs in the 1980s and 1990s, who knew there could be new creative ways to decorate a wreathe? Love the vivid colors. What fun.

    I’m just beginning to explore Our Best Bites, but I think I’m going to be saying “Wow” a lot! Yum. Yum. Fun. Fun.

  32. I am trying so hard to win one of your books. My husband and I put ourselves on a very strict budget this year and I am being so good by not rushing out and buying one, but I really really want one. Thanks so much for all the giveaways on all the different blogs. You guys are awesome.

  33. Love the wreath! Also, I hope your cooking and book signing in Utah is going great! Can’t wait until you get something lined up for Boise 🙂

  34. I would LOVE one of your fabulous cookbooks! You web site is one of my favorites to check out when I want to make something wonderful.

  35. I love your blog and all your recipes. I really need your cookbook and would be so thrilled to win one. Thanks for all you share!

  36. this is my 3rd give a way I’ve entered to get your awesome cookbook. Let’s hope the 3rd times the charm!! 😉

  37. I didn’t see that you were in SL until after you were done but I ran out and bought your recipe book. Love it! Thanks so much!

  38. I saw this wreath on your website and posted a link on facebook. My son, who attends BYU, saw the link so he and his girlfriend made me one. It is so cute (and it looked just like the picture). He showed it to me when we Skyped last night. It was a nice surprise. Your kids will do sweet things when they move away from home. He put it in the mail today. Can’t wait to get it!!

  39. Shoot! I missed your book signing! I would have loved to come and introduce myself in person! (This is Heidi from BYU’s Hort major, by the way;) Really cute wreath, too. I now have a million and ONE wreath projects to do 🙂

  40. Made these with my three sisters-in-law at a Motherhood Retreat in St. George, UT last weekend and they turned out fabulous. The day after we made them, we were also excited to see the same wreath hanging on someone’s front door as we were driving around town. They’re everywhere!

  41. This reminds me of a bow my grandma made for me when I was little. She used shimmer ballons it was my favorite! I think I will have to make this!

  42. Just completed one of these and hung it on our door for the month of June (our baby will be 1 and my hubby and many of his family members have June birthdays)! It looks great! Thanks for such an awesome idea and so many other great ones that you share on the blog!

  43. My sister has french doors that she keeps different wreaths on all year, and I’m getting ready to throw her a Dr Seuss baby shower in a couple weeks. I’m going to make 2 of these and add a “Cat In The Hat” to each…..she won’t even notice the other decorations! Such a cute idea!

  44. Love this! We actually have one in our “birthday box” along with a birthday pillowcase, birthday chair cover and birthday albums. We celebrate the birthday boy/girl for the whole week and want everyone (even the neighbors…hence the wreath) to know:)

  45. This is really cute and simple. I am going to do one with black, yellow, and red for my sons mickey mouse room!

  46. How do you decide which way to pin the balloons? It seems, you have to mix it up and not pin them the same direction.

  47. What size balloons did you use? I’m having a hard time finding them in bulk (275+) I found 300 water balloons on amazon, but they say they inflate to approx 3 inches, I figure they need to be bigger than this?

    Thank you for any direction you can give! 🙂

  48. Wonderful craft to do with your child. I made one yesterday for my daughters 9th birthday. It was very easy and quick to make. Thanks

  49. I love this wreath! I just starting making my tonight and it looks great…but I ran out of balloons LOL! I am so excited to use this for my sons 1st birthday and make a tradition to use it every year! Thank you!

  50. Looks easy enough. Probably will make one for my granddaughters birthday.
    Unfortunately I will not be making it to see you as I an across the country in New Hampshire

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