HGTV feature: simple ribbon details

2.15.2011
In case you missed the exciting news, HGTV recently featured a few images from a photoshoot I did, showcasing ways to use ribbon to create a simple birthday party theme.  I put together this shoot on very short notice, so I used items I already had available and chose a color palette of vibrant blues to contrast the rustic look of my backyard in the winter.  I did all the crafts, styling and photography myself, and Michele of Cakewalk Baking was kind enough to provide the delicious sweet treats and some of the props.  Hope you enjoy the rest of the photos, and be sure to read on below for a few notes on how to create the elements included...











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Chair Ties: Give your guest of honor the prettiest seat in the house. Choose a variety of satin ribbons, varying in color and width.  Loop one ribbon at a time around the top of a garden chair into a pattern.  Knot each ribbon in the center around the frame, so several feet of ribbon fall loose from each end of the knot.  Trim ends to same length, or leave mis-matched for a layered look. 

Ribbon Wands: The perfect favor for guests to whirl and twirl. Cut round wooden dowels down to about 18 inches long.  Select 3 pieces of ribbon for each dowel, varying in fabric and color.  Tie on each ribbon one at a time, leaving about an inch flag on the end.  Trim ends in a v-pattern.

Cake & Cupcake Flags:  Add a little homemade flair to your baked goods.  Select a variety of ribbons, varying in fabric and color.  Mix and match flags by wrapping or knotting around toothpicks (for cupcakes) or wooden skewers (for cake).  Trim ends on a diagonal, square or v-pattern.

Paper Straw Flags: Choose a 5/8" grosgrain ribbon and trim 3 inch pieces.  Using a dot of hot glue or double stick tape in the center, wrap ribbon around straw and seal.  Square ends.

Garland:  With the excess ribbon from chair ties and wands, tie short pieces along a length of twine to make a rustic garland. Knot once and trim ends to about 2 inches on each end.

Hair Bow: I couldn't resist taking a few photos of my daughter Caitlin in her party best, including a satin ribbon bow tied to a headband.  A darling party accessory for the birthday girl!

18 comments:

  1. adorable!and that baby girl is so sweet!

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  2. You make it look so effortless. Really stunning.

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  3. such simple details make an overall grand effect! beautiful :)

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  4. I love the ribbon detailing on the chairs! Such a great idea! Your baby girl is too adorable.

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  5. OMG! I'm sorry I forgot all about the ribbons when I saw that adorable angel at the end!! So cute, Becca!
    {love your ribbon design too ; D }

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  6. so cute!!! That cake looks SO yummy!

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  7. Wow, your baby is very cute!
    Can you pleas tell us, how did you make satin ribbon bow, beacuse it is very beatutiful :))

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  8. Love these pretty little ribbons!!!
    And congrats on being on HGTV! Woo hoo!

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  9. Aww~ your baby girls is soooooo cuteee! The ribbon is cute too;)

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  10. Love the use of ribbons!!! By the way, your daughter is sooo cute:D

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  11. Very Cute Becca. I'm in love with the ribbon details. Your daughter is too adorable.

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  12. Where can I find the lovely fabric on the table? Love the rose pattern on the aqua background.

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  13. Simple and simply gorgeous! Love this idea!

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  14. Congrats on your feature, that's so amazing!!! :) Well deserved, though!

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  15. So cute!!! The chocolate cake looks SO tasty!!! Could you give me the recipe or the website that I can find it? Thanks

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  16. Gogeous work Becca! You and Michelle make a great team!

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