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HGTV feature: simple ribbon details


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...

{images copyright birthday girl 2011}

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!

Almalu's Place (February 15, 2011 at 8:19 AM)  

adorable!and that baby girl is so sweet!

Christine @ Pure Joy Events (February 15, 2011 at 8:19 AM)  

You make it look so effortless. Really stunning.

Tara (February 15, 2011 at 8:41 AM)  

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

Keisha - Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams (February 15, 2011 at 8:48 AM)  

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

Chris @ Celebrations At Home (February 15, 2011 at 9:18 AM)  

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 }

Cupcake Carrie (February 15, 2011 at 9:39 AM)  

so cute!!! That cake looks SO yummy!

Soffy (February 15, 2011 at 9:44 AM)  

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

Jenny @ Hank + Hunt (February 15, 2011 at 10:03 AM)  

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

Save the Date for Cupcakes (February 15, 2011 at 10:10 AM)  

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

Manni (February 15, 2011 at 2:43 PM)  

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

Enchanted Expectations (February 15, 2011 at 4:44 PM)  

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

Mindy (February 16, 2011 at 8:58 AM)  

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

Evie (February 16, 2011 at 9:34 AM)  

Simple and simply gorgeous! Love this idea!

{Not Quite} Susie (February 17, 2011 at 11:37 PM)  

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

Monica (February 20, 2011 at 5:44 AM)  

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

Glory (February 20, 2011 at 7:15 PM)  

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

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