Ribbon Box Events Blog

October 20, 2010

Ohhh Baby!

Recently, I teamed up with a friend hosted a baby shower for our colleague/friend.  Since it was technically a “work” shower, I wanted it to be a little more laid back and less-structured than a typical shower, but still be a great time for all! Read on to check out the simple touches added that made it a fabulous event- with a little inspiration for any shower- bridal, baby, or birthday!

First off, the venue! Cactus Cantina offers a fun atmosphere, is close to the office- and they have several semi-private rooms without a rental fee… done!

photo credit: cactuscantina.com

Next up, the invitation- since this was a work shower, I decided to keep it green and eco-friendly, so I sent an e-mail  invite- and another colleague whipped up this invite in a snap!

sidenote: I highly recommend a book shower- a great way to start a little one’s library! A nice alternative to a traditional shower, and also a bit more comfortable and inclusive for co-workers!


Next up- dessert.  I called Katie at my favorite DC cupcakery Something Sweet and asked her if she could whip up some of her amazing red velvet cupcakes and chocolate with buttercream frosting.  She happily agreed- and even made some adorable toppers to customize the mini-cupcakes for their grand appearance at Cactus Cantina!  Below:  red velvet mini-cupcakes with cacti topping; chocolate with buttercream frosting, topped with a little sombrero!

LOVE how these turned out!

Little easels let guests know that food was on the way (since folks were coming and going at different times, we had chips, salsa, queso & guacamole at the table when folks arrived, then had a variety of appetizers arrive shortly thereafter.  This was a non-alc shower, so we let folks know to go directly to the bar if they wanted a cocktail.

In lieu of games, I placed a pen and note card (a few sheets of bright orange and yellow patterned scrapbook paper to keep with our color scheme) at each place setting with a note on the back asking folks to write a note of advice or just a well wish to the mom-to-be or the new baby.  Post shower, I filled the album with the wishes, an extra copy of the shower invitation, and photos that were taken at the shower! A great little memento for the mom-to-be to remember her shower!

I love sending guests home with a little memento and for this Southwest inspired shower, that meant mini “baby” cacti from Succulents Galore on Etsy.  Cheap and super quick priority shipping at no extra cost meant these little darlings arrived just 2 days after ordering!

The cupcakes were gobbled up, so I packed some bright gumballs in cell bags, tied with a simple ribbon and favor sticker and popped them in chocolate gable boxes. 

All that was left to do was wrap up with some green ribbon, and seal with a “thanks for coming” label with a cowboy favor tag  from Photo Greetings on Etsy (she sends you the file, you print and cut!) to complete the theme- and send guests on their way!


The end result was a great party!  It was all fairly simple, but by paying attention to details and the guest experience, this shower was a huge success and great fun for all in attendance!


October 15, 2010

Inspired Escort Cards

Filed under: Inspiration,Tip from the Ribbon Box — by Ribbon Box Events, LLC @ 8:18 am

Last month Digital Crinoline gave you the low down on escort cards (missed it? Check it out here). Now we’re taking it to the next level with some exquisitely inspired escort cards! I love when we get the chance to work with couples who want something a bit different to reflect their personalities, or just a sneak peek at the reception to come.  Here are a few of my favorites!

Shannon & Zack  brought pops of color to their guest tables with these great bud vases.  Post-wedding these are great on a buffet line to identify menu items!

Photo Credit:  Jeremy for Anne Lord Photography

For Eric & Jaimee’s family farm reception, we used (these would have also been adorable strung across the fence boards- but we had to move them inside due to a small rain shower- but we still got to keep a quirky and cute presentation!)

Photo Credit:  Drouin Photography

I had such a blast doing these ferrero rocher escort cards for Val & Mike.  These multi-tasking favors/escort cards were a sweet treat- and worked perfectly with their espresso & gold color scheme! Round table numbers and place cards from Lettering by Lynne were a perfect fit with them too!


Mike and Lisa, our world-travelers used paper air planes with airport codes (table numbers) to fly guests to their seats. At this outdoor wedding, we pinned the paper air planes to a cork board covered in “sky” blue fabric to keep the planes grounded from the wind!

Photo Credit: Luke Eshleman Photography


Laura & Joe capped off their perfectly planned green & wine themed reception with hand cut and tied wine corks as the base to their escort cards! Sidenote: table numbers had a base of wine corks as well, providing a streamlined, cohesive look to the tables!

Photo Credit: Pereda Photography


Bottom line- options abound to make your event personalized and one-of-a-kind.  Consider an extraordinary escort card to set the tone for the reception and direct your guests in style!


October 13, 2010

Word of the Week: Calligraphy

Filed under: Word of the Week — by digitalcrinoline @ 7:42 am

Calligraphy Noun, from the Greek meaning “beautiful writing”


  1. The art of beautiful penmanship.
  2. Handwriting in general.
  3. a script of a high aesthetic value produced by brush, especially that of Chinese, Japanese, or Arabic origin.

Wording created by hand, not with typesetting machinery. Usually elegant and often embellished, calligraphy is the gold standard for addressing envelopes and even for entire invitation suites. Although it is not required to use calligraphy for wedding invitation addressing, in general hand-written addresses are standard. Whether you ask your mother to do the writing for you (disclosure: my mother has superb handwriting!) or pay for a professional, calligraphy creates an immediate impression on your wedding guests. Nobody would mistake this work of calligraphy for junk email.

Calligraphy sample from Laura Hooper Calligraphy

image: Laura Hooper Calligraphy

Calligraphy can fit into most wedding budgets, either by seeking out calligraphers locally, on Etsy, or by following one of the many tutorials online to DIY your own version. Mrs. Paisley did it on WeddingBee, and Project Wedding has another tutorial. And don’t forget- it’s always acceptable to call up your mom, uncle, or long-lost friend with excellent penmanship for a favor. It never hurts to ask!

Digital Crinoline

October 12, 2010

Love Notes

Filed under: Love Notes — by Ribbon Box Events, LLC @ 2:17 pm

Just got this yesterday and had to share it!

I truly consider it to be an honor to  have a part in making a couple’s wedding day come to life.  It’s a distinctive honor when you are granted access into such a highly personal and meaningful moment in two peoples lives!  Every event presents unique challenges and amazing, inspiration, and I love that no two are ever alike!  I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to do what I love!

*Although my official title is wedding planner and event coordinator.. I’m happy that I could be their “wedding fairy!!”


October 11, 2010

Happy Anniversary!

Filed under: Wedding Recap — by Ribbon Box Events, LLC @ 7:24 pm


Today’s our wedding anniversary, so I thought I’d spotlight our own wedding!

Before the rehearsal, we began the day at the Spa for some well deserved pampering with my bridesmaids!



Then it was off to the rehearsal..

and dinner!

Then we met up with our friends who came into town!


Our wedding was everything we hoped it to be and more- it was a great celebration of friends, family, and starting our life together.

I could go on and on- but no time, we’re off to celebrate our anniversary! Here’s a few more pics from our day!

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