Birthday Cake Paper Tablecloth

Birthday Cake Paper Tablecloth Do you dare throw a birthday party without a cake? It’s a quintessential element of the celebration! I just read that the custom of birthday cakes stretches back into the days of the ancient romans. Even then, people knew the importance of flour, butter, and sugar! Though today, I’m positive that ours are much cuter and most likely taste a million times better. That being said, we really wanted to drive home the birthday cake theme and decided to create a birthday cake paper tablecloth based on an idea from Kathleen Ballos. So, now you really can have your cake and eat it too! We were inspired by this lovely illustration by Clarice Gifford. The whole thing is made from paper–our favorite (and cheapest) medium! Total, it cost about $5!

Birthday Cake Paper Tablecloth

Birthday Cake Paper Tablecloth

Birthday Cake Paper Tablecloth


  • White Butcher (enough to cover around the table and the table top)
  • Pink Butcher paper
  • Cardstock in coral, gold, mint, teal, yellow, and orange
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape
  • Templates HERE and HERE


  1. Measure the length, width, and height of the table you are looking to decorate.
  2. On white butcher paper, cut a piece in the correct measurements to cover the top surface of the table. Then cut a piece that you can wrap around the sides of the table (you only need to do three sides if it sits against the wall). Scallop the bottom edge of the paper
  3. Using the templates provided, cut out the decorative pieces in cardstock.
  4. Using pink butcher paper create two scallop borders for the top edge of the table using and repeating the template. Adhere with tape rolls.
  5. Make tape rolls with masking tape and adhere decorations to the table.
  6. Cut out candles using the pink butcher paper and adhere with tape to the wall behind the table.
  7. Cut out flames from orange and yellow paper and stripes from coral paper and adhere to candles.
  8. We printed out Happy Birthday in block letters and folded down the bottom edges so they could stand upright once glued into place.

Birthday Cake Paper Tablecloth

Birthday Cake Paper Tablecloth

See more birthday ideas here 

Photography by Anna Killian  |  Crafting by Rebecca Young  |  Idea from Kathleen Ballos of Snowdrop and Co


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