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End Of Summer BBQ Bash

Entry #21 from our Calling All Bloggers Challenge was sent to us by Jen Harthorn of Jen's Blossoms:

End Of Summer BBQ Bash

Hey there!  My name is Jen and I work in the wedding and event industry as an event designer and florist.  Over the past few years I have fallen in love with May Arts Ribbon.  I have found that using ribbon is a great way to tie all the elements of an event together…invites, bouquets, centerpieces, favors, and so much more.

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For this challenge I selected the orange grosgrain ribbon with yellow circles.  It reminds me of oranges and lemons so I chose a color palette themed around citrus for my "End of the Summer BBQ Bash".  With the colors chosen (green, yellow, orange, and a little bright blue to mix it up), it was time to create the invite.  I paid a visit to my local paper supply store and picked up the necessary supplies.

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To make the invite I started with a 5 by 7 inch piece of metallic green cardstock and layered a decorative yellow cardstock on top of it.  The yellow cardstock is cut just a 1/4 inch smaller than the green.  I then printed my invite on white linen cardstock measuring 6-1/4 by 4-1/4 inches.  Using an adhesive runner I attached a piece of the 1.5 inch orange grosgrain ribbon creating a band around the invite.

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I used a similar banding method for the RSVP card.  To simplify the design a bit I left out the green metallic cardstock and used just the yellow and white.  The yellow is cut to 5-1/2 by 4-1/4 inches with the white linen measuring a 1/2 inch smaller all around.  I went with the thinner orange ribbon (1/2 inch) for the RSVP and positioned it vertically rather than horizontally as on the invite.

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With the invite done it is now time to plan the decorations for the upcoming party.  Here are a few ways I incorporated the ribbon into my design:

  • I added tassels made from the 1/2 inch ribbon to my hanging lanterns.

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  • A thick band around an outdoor pillow brings the theme to the furniture.

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  • The basket holding my plates and utensils gets tied with the 1-1/2 inch ribbon.

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  • For when the bugs come out!  Small terracotta pots filled with citronella candles and tied with the 1/2 inch ribbon.

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  • A glass cube of limes plays into the citrus theme.  Most likely they will be used throughout the evening.

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  • Lime green hydrangeas in a large bubble bowl pop against the orange ribbon.

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Thanks for taking a moment to check out the design for my "End of the Summer BBQ Bash"!  I think I may plan a "Back to School Slumber Party" next…

  1. judean

    that ribbon is yummy! Love how you incorporated it in so many different ways!


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