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!


  • 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.

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Sara Wells

Sara Wells co-founded Our Best Bites in 2008. She is the author of three Bestselling Cook Books, Best Bites: 150 Family Favorite RecipesSavoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites, and 400 Calories or Less from Our Best Bites. Sara’s work has been featured in many local and national news outlets and publications such as Parenting MagazineBetter Homes & GardensFine CookingThe Rachel Ray Show and the New York Times.

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Questions & Reviews

  1. 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 🙂

  2. Oh, this makes me wish I wasn’t allergic to latex!!!! That is so stinkin’ CUTE!

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. I just made this on Sunday and it’s hanging on our door for all of our birthdays! My kiddos love it!

  6. Love the new website, and love this wreath! Thank you for the step by step. I’m so not very crafty, but with your help I have hopes! 🙂

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. This wreath is adorable! What size balloons did you use? Did the package say 7″ or 12″, etc.?

  11. 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!

  12. 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! 🙂

  13. 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….

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

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

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

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

  19. 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! 🙂

  20. woooooowwww!!!
    That is a great idea and cheap to make! Thanks for sharing that with us! 🙂