In fairness . . .
For a couple of reasons, I still lean toward the more simple version with the strip down the center of the tablecloth. With the version shown here, I think that I'd almost have to make the placemats in order for there to be any color on the top of the table. I also think that, and this is selfish, this tablecloth will take quite a bit more time and fabric and that isn't a problem except for the fact that I'd really like to make my partner a couple other small items as well. If I go this route, I don't think I will be able to get much else done.
So, go for the gusto with this one ginormous tablecloth and placemat set (above)? Or make the more understated version (below) with another project I just know my partner would love as well.