At Michael's I bought a set of six paper cherry placemats by Mary Engelbreit. I love cherries. I hope you do, too.
I brought them to an educational store to have them laminated into one big sheet of plastic placemats. When I brought them to my car the wind took hold and my son yelled like it was the greatest thing ever.
At home I wiped the table of crumbs- even the ones under the flowers, cut out the placemats and put them on the table.
Pretty easy, even for the laziest among you. I think there were other placemats to choose from if you don't like cherries (gasp).
Laminating: $1.25 (.25 a foot)
Welcoming of Spring: Priceless