Summer is Gone

I know it's officially been fall for a few weeks now, but I am still mourning the passing of summer. I blinked and it was over! I didn't even have a chance to get sick of the heat. It came and went so fast I didn't really even put away my winter clothes! This week there is definitely a chill in the air and we've started wearing layers again. Sigh. :(

I was daydreaming about all the things I love about warm weather and I remembered these photos from a party we had on our rooftop.


Balloons are such a cheap and easy way to decorate, and they're even cheaper if you don't have them filled with helium! Party stores usually sell balloons flat for about 10 cents each. I picked up six of each in ivory, peach, baby pink, medium pink, neon pink, dark pink and maroon.


I blew up the balloons myself (and almost passed out in the process - scary feeling on top of a roof, btw) and then I poked a hole with a knife in the leftover portion below the knot.


Then I threaded a 5-foot piece of twine through the new hole and knotted the twine to secure the balloon. Then just repeated with 4-6 balloons of the same color per string, spaced about 8" apart.


Then I hung the strings of balloons in an ombre pattern on our gazebo/trellis thing. It would be just as easy to string another piece of twine between two trees, etc.


Fun, cheap and easy! It made a thrown-together dinner party feel really special.

40 comments:

Tanya @ Lovely Greens said...

Lovely :) And I nearly passed out the last time I tried blowing up a balloon as well!

pve design said...

"thrown" together....I would love to see what you would do if you really labored over something....
you crack me up....as well as inspire me.
pve

Lauren Kent said...

This looks really pretty, and I love the colour scheme you chose :)

Dara said...

Simple, but oh so cute! You are so creative....Maybe if I read your blog long enough, some of it will rub off on me! I can dream, right? :-)

Three Sisters said...

Lucky guests to have attended such a beautiful dinner party!

Jean @ Flower Hill said...

Those balloons look fabulous in those colors......and on a rooftop? Beautiful!

Sandy said...

Very festive with all the balloons. I would pass out too if I tried to blow up that many balloons!

lavitapetite said...

I love this. You neve talk about party planning. i always use balloons as a cheap and sweet decoration. I even used them for my wedding a la Martha Stewart.

Renee said...

That is pretty near perfect looking! I love this idea, and if I ever start entertaining again, I may have to try it. So pretty!

Manding. said...

wow the affect is gorgeous. love the colors ! reminds me of UP !

ps, http://amandamantes.blogspot.com

Rachael said...

Seriously, when aren't you doing amazing and out of the ordinary things? It seems like everything you touch turns to gold. Or whatever color you have in mind. Thanks for the inspiring photo - I have a party to throw this weekend and balloons will definitely be incorporated.

Heather said...

It's great, I love the way you arranged them by colors. Now, if I had only been invited...

Kelly@Bungalow Blue said...

I love this idea! Thanks for sharing :)

Kelly@Bungalow Blue said...

Love this idea! Thanks for sharing :)

amber wallace said...

Just lovely. I love how it is beautiful without being too fussy. Must remember this for the spring!

Kate @ Daffodils said...

O I LOVE that!

Sara said...

Another simple yet brilliant idea! Love the ombre effect!

Carmel @ Our Fifth House said...

What a fun idea. Love the mix of colors.

Sarah Roads said...

So gorgeous, you clever girl! High impact on a low budget- love it!

Anonymous said...

could you please tell me where you bought that tablecloth?

Mrs. W said...

So pretty and what great shades of pink!

Shannon said...

oh i love this! such precious/easy decoration for a party!

Angie Belloni said...

Love the colors, simple is always best! Spring here in Argentina so this idea will soon be seen in my garden! Thanks Jenny, I am a LGN Fan! Angie

courtneyoutloud said...

I love everything about the overall set-up...the ballons, tablecloth -- it is all lovely and makes me jealous :)

Barbie said...

Beautiful, as is everything you put your hands on!

Anne said...

Beautiful table! And I love the effect of the balloons hanging from above!

Jaime Lee said...

That actually looks Fab, I am going to try it out.

sarah said...

will definitely use this idea. love it.

jessica said...

that is cute :)

What a cool backdrop you have! I am from the south and I do love the country, but I find myself bored with the scenery (every once in a while) and craving something different to look at! I wonder...could you ever get tired of a view with tall, soaring buildings?? I am fascinated with the City!!

xoxo
jess

Amy said...

I LOVE this table scape!!! Where did you get the fabulous table cloth? Did you make it? If so, which fabric is it?

Rachael Anne said...

I love the balloons but I love your rooftop more. Seriously, everytime you show it I feel nauseous.

Revi said...

If you'd like an opportunity to get sick of the heat, move to Texas!
:)
-Revi

Chelsea Earnhardt Plax said...

I never knew the words balloon and genius could be used in the same sentence. And can we talk about your lovely tablecloth and perfectly set table? Beautiful! When's the book? :o)

kbd said...

love them! And quite amazed that I read this post yesterday, and last night went onto Pinterest, and there they were! PINNED!

Martha said...

that just changed my life. i just used $1/balloon for a baby shower recently and didn't even know what to do with them. i'll do this next time for shiz.

stylizedesign.net said...

SUCH a cute idea and to-die-for picture of it!

Michelle said...

Beautiful dinner table! I love the balloons. I hope I remember this post for my next outdoor dinner party which will probably be next year.

a m o u r e t t e said...

Simply Gorgeous!

Tara said...

I might use this idea for my son's birthday party next month... love it!

penelope said...

look at your view!!!!

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