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…












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!

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  • lorie

    Love this! Could you please tell me where you got the milk glasses and straws? Thanks!

  • becca @ cake.

    Lorie: The Milk Glasses came from a local yard sale, but you can purchase the straws at Glad you liked it!


  • lorie

    Thanks so much for responding!