Some of the changes I made. I used fondant to cover the "lid" cake. I mainly use buttercream, because that's what people want, but to get the smoothest finish....fondant did the trick. I also did a more traditional loopy bow with corkscrew ribbons.
This is far from perfect, but I think this one is moving in the right direction.
Also the feedback I received was wonderful. I love it when someone takes the time to make a call letting me know how much they enjoyed the cake. I think this was a great "gift"!