Category Archives: Event Inspiration & Ideas

The Ribbon Factory presents

Over the last few weeks I have been collaborating with musicians and artists to organise music nights that will fully entertain and interact with it’s audience. Using theming and presenting styles to really capture the audience’s attention, all based upon brilliant music acts. I currently live in a warehouse that use to be a ribbon factory, hence we decided it would be appropriate to call ourselves The Ribbon Factory. This has led me to look at ways of incorporating ribbons into room design and the effects I have seen so far are fantastic. I’ve used plain ivory ribbon hung from rigging in between large white paper lanterns for a wedding before and it had a beautiful effect, but with a bit of colour this effect can really bring the ribbon decorations to life.

Here’s a some brilliant ways to use ribbons in dressing your next event…








Ribbon bunting and chair decorations by Green Wedding Shoes.











Ribbon Backdrop below by Harvey Designs Harvey Designs.


Everything has a revival value… even balloons

Full of excitement, I bounded into my first job when I was 15 as a balloon shop assistant as if I was walking into Willy Wonker’s chocolate factory. The colours, the shapes, the big hearts made from lots of tiny balloons in bright pink. I wanted everything for my very own wedding and my 18th birthday could not come soon enough. Yet, a few hundred balloon events later, they somehow began to lose their shine. A few years later I decided I’d had enough of balloon displays and in fact I probably wouldn’t have any sort of balloons at my wedding or birthday for the rest of my life.

It’s from this early balloon experience I developed a strange love-hate relationship with balloons. I get so excited about new ideas, ways of dressing a room that will excite the guests so much they’ll want to touch everything in sight, and with one too many heart balloon deliveries, balloons were just not cutting it for me anymore.

Maybe the key is simplicity. Everything has a revival value and I think over the next few years balloons are going to have theirs. More importantly, I’m excited! Yes, excited to show the event industry how balloons can and should be used.

Here are a couple of examples I have found of perfect balloon use at an event. I will also be using balloons in a future ‘Cirque de Musique’ party in November.

Set in Amsterdam’s Machinegebouw, Marcel Schmalgemeijer created a magical, balloon-filled dinner party perfect for celebrating in.These peach balloons give the bride a child-like charm and add beautiful whimsy to a natural set photo opportunity.

wedding balloons These peach balloons by Hey Gorgeous Events give the bride a child-like charm and add beautiful whimsy to a natural set photo opportunity.