Ribbon Box Events Blog

December 22, 2011

Tip from the Ribbon Box: Ribbon Wreath!

One last post before we close up shop and enjoy the holidays with our loved ones!

A quick and easy project with my favorite material, RIBBON! This is also a great way to display all those holiday cards you get in the mail each year! use a neutral ribbon, and it could stay up all year long!

What You’ll Need:

1 foam wreath  (you pick the size- depending upon the space you have to hang, or how many cards you expect!)


ribbon (at least 2 inches wide)

straight pins


Start out by attaching your ribbon to the inside of the wreath with a straight pin. You could also glue, but I like to reuse the same wreath with different ribbon, so the ribbon comes off much easier this way!

Roll your ribbon in and out of the wreath, overlapping each time, so you are sure to cover all areas.

Sometimes it helps to have an extra set of hands (thanks husband!)

Continue wrapping until the entire real is covered. Cut ribbon and secure to inside with another straight pins.


Using the same ribbon, cut a piece long enough to wrap around and use as a holder (you decide how much hanging length you need)


Hang on a small nail and attach cards you receive with straight pins!

This project is great year round to get some clutter off your counters, and showcase the letters, notes, and memories you love, and aren’t quite ready to toss yet. Imagine how lovely it would be to put your wedding cards up- or a birthday, or how about a mixture of “just because?”



December 12, 2011

Monday Musings…Wine Bottle Makeovers!

Being a good Virginia citizen, I love the Virginia grape. Our state is putting out some lovely wines! Something about wine bottles also appeals to me, and I don’t like throwing them out. As  with most creative types, we sometimes stumble on an idea, and can’t get enough of it. So it is with me and my current obsession for making empty wine bottles fancy and purposeful.

Round up some bottles and  some GOOD spray paint. I am loving metallics and flat black right now. Because these choices have nice coverage, you don’t need to worry about taking the labels off. The other supplies I like are Mod Podge, Martha Stewart glitter ( because it is very fine and the colors are to die ), some GOOP craft glue, faux brush on snow, some pretty votives and/or vintage small plates, and some vintage jewelry bits.

Other things might be doilies and  ribbon bits – you get the idea. Start by spray painting until you have good cover, and then decorate, decorate, decorate! Finish your project by gluing a votive, small plate or china teacup on top, and you then have a funky centerpiece, or something cool to hold your soap, ring, brillo pad, or a flower or two.

For a more practical use, you can also add a pourer or stopper and use them for oil and/or vinegar, dish liquid, or funnel some wine back in and delight your guests. These are too much fun, and there is no limit to the designs. I’m not sure I will be able to stop making them! Guess what those long, skinny gifts are under my tree?

Happy Glittering!


December 5, 2011

Monday Musings: The Thankful Tree

Weddings – wonderful. Divorce – sometimes a reality. My family has enough divorces to make many of the young people in our family have four sides, rather than the traditional two. I don’t defend it in any way, but we are a heady and passionate bunch, and our good things don’t always work out. The weekend before Thanksgiving, we have a family reunion and we include in-laws, outlaws, exes from Texas, and anyone who loves anyone we love. It’s main merit lies in the fact that it has made generations of kids in our family perfectly comfortable with every configuration of family that there is. We share sweet potato pie with the new wives, with the old wives, with the boyfriends who may not be there next year,  with the new grandbabies, and so it goes.

The older folks make it possible with this spirit of cooperation, and the young folks get to take for granted something pretty special. They come up with the new traditions, and this year they came up with Sumo Wrestling and The Thankful Tree. While we were busy setting up the tents and placing the china, they were busy laying out the mat, and dipping leaves in beeswax. Before dinner began, they handed out the dipped leaves with tags and explained that we would be writing what we were thankful for on the tags and then hanging them on The Thankful Tree, made of simple branches in a container. Most of us wrote things relating to the gathering; thanks for the food, thanks for family. Others were more specific, such as the thanks given for a kidney donation from a sister to a brother.

At any rate, it gave us a moment of reflection, a moment to pause. For the most part, the older generation in my family is a non-questioning group of Christians, but we have our share of renegades, mixed lineages and higher power believers. The Thankful Tree took the place of grace at this gathering, and it gave us the opportunity to express the simple thanks that we all have, if given the moment to think it over and have a handy tag to write it on. ‘I’ll Fly Away’ broke out in gospel tune among the musically gifted in our crowd as we filled out our tags. Though Thanksgiving is past, I think the tradition is adaptable to any faith, to any occasion, and to any age. The things we take for granted are the most precious, after all.

This winter holiday, why not have a Thankful Tree, custom made by the young people in whatever you call family? It can only remind us that we are all in this together and the only things in life REALLY worth anything are the people we love and have a history with.


December 2, 2011

Tip from the Ribbon Box: Elegant and Eco-Friendly Flatware

Recently I planned an at home reception for some dear friends who were married this summer near San Francisco. They chose their favorite Thai restaurant (that they are known to frequent at least once a week!) and had a casual, open-seating floorplan with some great tunes and a well stocked bar. The original reception was set against a stunning backdrop of redwoods, and the overall feel of the wedding was elegantly earth chic with soft pastels that popped against the wooden scenery.

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I wanted to stay true to the feel of their wedding for the at home reception. I think those redwoods out in California would be proud of choice of cutlery! These fun bamboo (available from Smarty Had a Party and Party City)  forks and knives (spoons also available) made by Bambu are chemical and pesticide free, contain no bleach or dyes, and biodegrade in 4-6 months. Bamboo is also a fast growing renewable resource. Additionally, they are a wonderful step up from traditional plastic cutlery and paper plates- and a wonderful middle ground between china and traditional disposables!

Tucked inside a simple tuxedo/pocket fold and accompanied by bamboo plates, we were ready to go!


December 1, 2011

December Trunk Show Alert

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Happy December! Here’s our monthly rundown of sample and trunk sales happening at area bridal salons. Enjoy!

Blush Bridal Boutique

7332 Atlas Walk Way  
Gainesville, VA 20155-2991

Dec 9-11 Justin Alexander Trunk Show

Dec 26-30th “Don’t Make Us Count it”  Inventory Reduction Sale- final sample sale of the year, with gowns up to 75% off!

gown by Justin Alexander

Carine’s Bridal Atelier

1726 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20007

Dec 4 Sample Sale
December 8-10th Rivini Trunk Show

gown by Rivini

Chevy Chase Bridal

5300 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20015

December 2-4 Tara Keely Trunk Show

December 26-31 Sample Sale

gown by Tara Keely

Distinctive Designs Bridal
15709 Crabbs Branch Wa
Rockville, MD 20855
December 5-10th New customers recieve a free veil with gown purchase. See website for details
1100 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20036
December 14 Elizabeth Fillmore Bridal Trunk Show
Jeanette’s Bridal
10386 Festival Lane
Manassas, VA 20109-3548
December 9-11 Simone Carvalli Trunk Show
1523 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC  20007
December 7th 5-8pm Hitched Styling Night

December 16-17 Modern Trousseau Trunk Show


As always, be sure to contact each salon for appointments and additional information. Happy Shopping!