Everything You Need for a Kate Spade Inspired Bridal Shower

At least once in her lifetime, every girl has to own something by Kate Space. It’s almost a coming-of-age right in life. Kate Spade style represents everything that’s fun and modern with bold prints and bright colors- perfect for a bridal shower!

If you love those iconic colors (black, white, gold, and pink), here’s everything you need to have a Kate Spade Inspired Bridal Shower.

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Killer Invitations to Set the Mood

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This invitation lets your guests know your party is trendy and chic, so they should dress accordingly. Ladies who recognize the spade will definitely know they’re in for a glamorous Kate Spade shower! Buy these invitations by LilianaOrocioDesign on Etsy here or get the digital copy here.   (A digital copy/download means that the seller can personalize the copy for you and will send it to you via email. You then print it at home or take it to a copy shop, like Staples, and have it printed.)

Though these two invitations below aren’t specifically linked to Kate Spade, they’ve got that Kate Spade-esque style with black and white stripes, gold, pink, and/or pink florals.

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Get these as a digital download on Etsy.

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And this one from Zazzle here.

Darling Welcome Signs to Greet Your Guests

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This poster, which you can order as a digital download, will help your guests find the party, especially if they’ve never been to the host’s house before.

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We all know the bride is counting down the days till she’s hitched and she’s going to want everyone else to know too! DIY some pink paper flowers and assemble this chic Kate Spade inspired countdown poster created with Cricut.

A Mouthwatering Mimosa Bar

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The devil’s in the details, and one detail not to be overlooked is the mimosa bar! This adorable Mimosa Bar Sign is available as a digital download on Etsy.

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Don’t forget to label your juice carafes with DIY tags like these! Start with some striped paper, and add floral stickers, handwriting with a flourish, and some bright pink ribbon.

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Now all that’s left is a little decor, bubbly, some of your favorite juices, some fruits, and a few champagne glasses. If you’d like to make these glittered champagne bottles, you can find some simple instructions for ones like this or ombre sparkled bottles on Pinterest, or I’ll add a DIY tutorial soon!

Some To Die For Decor

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We continue the theme here with a striped tablecloth, gold silverware and chargers, black plates, pink bow napkins, a gorgeous pink flower arrangement, gold confetti, and some candles. If you’re having just a few guests, a round table or two will be able to seat everyone so that most guest can talk to each other. I prefer round tables for a brunch, since it gives a sense of intimacy among guests.

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For a lunch/ late brunch, or for more than just a few guests, a long rectangle table will give a striking and more modern look. Though the colors are the same between this and the last table, the vibe is more upscale and elegant with gold crystal, votives, and candle stands. See more of this table from an Intimate Cabo San Lucas Beach Wedding on Style Me Pretty.

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Cuteness overload! This simple decor would be great on a coffee table or gift table. You could even personalize it with mugs spelling out the bride’s name.

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And don’t forget the DIY touches that bring it all together. If you’re concerned about a glittery mess getting everywhere, add a bit of glitter to the water in a clear flower vase. You’ll get a pop of sparkle without the mess.

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Last but not least for decor, the bride’s throne. Dress up a chair with its very own bridal attire. Put your dress designing skills to the test by DIY-ing this with a little tulle and bling.

Games to Get Your Guests Involved

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If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, pearls must be close behind. Buy some plastic diamonds and oversized pearls from your local craft store like Hobby Lobby and put them in a cute container. The guest who guesses closest to the correct amount win a fun prize, like nail polish in one of the party’s colors.

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Put a note in your guests’ invitations asking them to bring a favorite recipe for the bride. This makes a great gift when all the recipes are assembled into a book and guests will love sharing their favorite dishes.

Some Themed Sweet Treats

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Of course you’re going to need a cute Kate Spade inspired cake! Make sure to include the black and white stripes, pink, and gold. Cake 1 by Eva Salazar of Makememycake. Cake 2 by Francisca Neves of Cupcake and photographed by Momento Cativo.

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If your cake is going to have stripes, your cake pops deserve some polka dots! Cake pops make a fun and adorable addition to any party and you can be sure Kate Spade herself would have some of these delicious treats from The Cake Pop Shop by Jennie.

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Put it all together in a gorgeous dessert bar. This set up was almost 100% DIY from the fabric backdrop to the framed poster. Read how Julie Johnson created this dessert bar for a Kate Spade themed party on her blog Paisley and Polka Dots. Cake by Fantasy Frosting.

A Bottle to Take Home

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Whether the bride’s a ‘champagne is the answer’ or a ‘rosé all day’ kind of girl, mini bottles (or full bottles if you can) and a lipstick are the ultimate Kate Spade party favor.

16 Wedding Favors Your Guests Actually Want

What’s the number one thing left on the table at the end of the night besides dirty drink glasses? Wedding favors! Though you put so much thought into your personalized wedding favors, sometimes you might end up with most of them left behind after your guests leave.

So step aside can koozies and pillow mints! The modern bride knows that guests deserve a little more than fresh breath for the next 14 seconds. Let’s give wedding guests some favors they’ll definitely want to take home at the end of the night.

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Why Wedding Favors?

Favors are not a new invention. They’ve been around for hundreds of years in some way or another. The first wedding favors were not much more than a sugar cube or something sweet, something of high value and thought to be healthy at the time, in a small decorated box. After this, almonds were given both to and from guests as a symbol of good luck and well wishes.

Modern wedding favors, whatever they may be, are more of a symbol of thanks to guest for attending the wedding. Whether generic, personalized, or handmade, special care should go into choosing and presenting your favors so that guests know how much you appreciate them!

Choosing Your Favors

With the unlimited options for wedding favors at your fingertips (thanks Google!), you’ll have no problem finding ones that will fit your budget. From personalized guitar picks for pennies a piece, to homemade cookies or jams, to bottles of wine for each guest, your favors can be perfectly tailored to fit you and your wedding.

Personalized Favors

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Personalized gift bags are a great way for guests to take advantage of a dessert, candy, or popcorn bar at your reception. You can also fill them ahead of the wedding with cookies, or have them at the ceremony with confetti, rose petals, or birdseed for tossing at the happy couple! Buy these cookie bags here.

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Your guests will be absolutely speechless when they see these place cards that double as paperweight favors! These come in several colors and each one is unique. See them here on Etsy.

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These bottle opener favors are sure to be a hit at a travel themed wedding! They’re not only a cute wedding favor, they’re also really practical- you can never have too many bottle openers! Buy these travel themed bottle openers here.

Tasty Treats

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It’s no secret, I’m a huge popcorn fan! Incorporating your favorite foods or snacks as your favors is a great way to add a personal touch that your guest will definitely notice. Bonus points if you sneak in a clever pun!

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If your guests party hard at your wedding (as they should), this favor will come in handy as soon as the next morning! Add just enough coffee beans for a cup or two to a satchel, mason jar, or paper bag and attach a personalized message to each. Great coffee puns include “Let Love Brew”, “Grounds for Celebration”, “The Perfect Blend”, and “Thanks for ‘Bean’ Here!”

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Looking for a tasty favor that’s simple yet classically elegant? Macaroons are your answer. Package them up with a bow, some bling, and a thank you tag for a treat your guests won’t soon forget.

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If you prefer something that’s seldom seen in the word of wedding favors, try something like a bottle of fresh rosemary olive oil. Take advantage of local small businesses that specialize in gourmet food items to give your guests a taste of the city, whether it’s the city where you live or the city you’re getting married in.

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Bring out the red, white, or bubbly! Mini bottles of wine or champagne are sure to be a hit at your wedding. You can also tailor this to your location and theme by having mini bottles of tequila at a Mexican themed wedding, Bailey’s at a winter wedding (especially with a hot chocolate bar), or whiskey at a rustic wedding. DIY your own custom mini wine bottle labels here!

Homemade Favors

If you or your future spouse is known for making something really well (e.g. your grandma’s famous cookies, the family pickle recipe, a scented bar soap), your guests will love that you’d want to continue your tradition and make it for them.

If you’re still feeling the DIY bug and don’t know what to make, here are some great (and simple) homemade wedding favor ideas. Though not included in this list, great homemade favors also include packaged cookie mixes, CD’s (or flash drives) of romantic songs from your wedding playlist, sugar scrubs, and hangover kits for guests joining you for brunch the next morning.

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Though this particular candle is from Favor Design Studio, you can make your own soy candle and finish it off with a personalized sticker.

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These whimsical favors are sure to delight your guests! Succulents are one of the biggest trends in weddings and home decor right now – its the best of both worlds! You can propagate succulents to create little ones like these and replant them with a little moss in a small container. Though seeds as favors aren’t really a homemade item, your guests can create a wildflower garden to remind them of your wedding. How romantic!

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Some of my favorite gifts, whether wedding favors or otherwise, have always been homemade jams and jellies. Try using seasonal berries to create a delicious spread. Don’t be surprised when your guests ask for refills in a few weeks! (Jars of local honey packaged like this will also be a winner at your wedding!) Thank You Tag is from A Creative Destiny on Etsy.

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Yes, this gorgeous thing is soap wrapped in lace! You can buy the soap and just DIY the lace and thank you ribbon, or go full on DIY goddess and make the soap from scratch with your favorite scents or herbs.

Unexpected Favors

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A blanket is a great token of thought and appreciation to your guests, especially at a fall or winter wedding where the night is sure to get cold. Your guests can snuggle up with one of these at your reception and remind them that they can take them home too! (The same goes for parasols for a hot summer ceremony!)

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One more warm idea! Your guests will want to go camping ASAP and make use of this adorable DIY pine cone fire starter. Instructions on how to make them can be found here.

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Don’t forget the kids! If you’re having a children’s table, consider opening up your own ‘adopt-a-critter’ agency for the night.  Not only will children be thrilled by getting a new stuffed animal, they’ll keep this memento of your special day for years to come.

Love is Sweet, Enjoy a Treat…. Make a Rustic Dessert Table Complete!

Struggling to find props and dessert stands for your rustic themed dessert table? Look no further! Maybe I’m just in the mood to check out all the possibilities for dessert tables because I’m currently shopping for and designing one for my own event coming up soon, but I just love all the versatile ways sweets can be presented.

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Your dessert table is one of those places at your wedding where brand-new store bought props, vintage items, and DIY projects can come together in one comprehensive look for your table. A rustic chic theme is probably one of the easiest themes to successfully execute for a dessert table. Not only are props readily available at any thrift store or vintage market, it’s a simple element to help theme your entire reception.

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Stumped? Not With This Cake Stand!

Stumped on what to set the cake on for your wedding? Sure, you can have it just sitting on the table or get fancy with it on a glass cake pedestal, but for a rustic wedding, neither of those options fit the occasion well.

How about setting the cake on a tree stump? This is the perfect and adorable solution to elevate your cake and add a bit of rustic charm that any desert table needs.

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This tree stump cake stand has a heart carved out of the bark and the couple’s names and wedding date carved inside that. You could even make this yourself! If you look closely, you’ll see smaller matching stumps holding up other deserts and flowers. With fresh flowers decorating a simple white cake on a customized rustic cake stand like this one, this may just be the most photographed and Instagramed part of your wedding!

7 Tips for Your Vintage Wedding

As 2014 comes to a close, it’s time to take a look back at the top wedding trends of the year. This has been the year for many firsts- it’s been the year of the wedding hashtag, naked cakes, macaron favors, wooden crates, and birdcage decorations. But the most popular trend for the year has by far been the vintage theme. Here’s a few tips to help you have the perfect vintage wedding.

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I know this seems obvious. You probably started planning your wedding as soon as you got engaged (or since you were 8, like most girls), but vintage weddings take a little more preparation than most other weddings. You can take a vintage theme in a number of different directions. How much do you want to DIY? Do you want to rent or buy your own decor? Do you want actual vintage items or new items with a vintage flair?

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Nailed It! 12 Nail Art Designs for Your Wedding Day

Your wedding is the one single day that people will be looking at your nails the most- everyone wants to see the ring! Top off your bridal look with a chic manicure and you’ll be taking the term ‘give your hand in marriage’ to a whole new level. Here’s a few of my favorite wedding nail art designs to get you inspired for your big day.

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This design could not be simpler! OPI’s Pirouette My Whistle is a clear polish with silver sparkles and at $9.50, it’s an inexpensive and dazzling nail design that you can do on your own.

Metalic French Manicure- Nailed It! 12 Nail Art Designs for Your Wedding Day

This manicure takes French tips to a metallic level. With a pink base and gold tips, this look channels Lauren Conrad’s gold French manicure that she posted on Instagram. Here’s a simple tutorial to DIY this look for yourself.

Gold Wedding Maicure- Nailed It! 12 Nail Art Designs for Your Wedding Day

And while we’re on gold on pink nail polish, try combining gold stripes with one nail of sparkles. This would look great in combinations of other colors with gold or silver accents, like clear with silver sparkles or for a modern twist, a dark grey with silver sparkles as pictured below.

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For a charming manicure to celebrate your wedding day, incorporate an element of your wedding into your nail design, such as a ring, your wedding dress and his tux, or a wedding phrase.

I Do Wedding Manicure- Nailed It! 12 Nail Art Designs for Your Wedding Day

Say ‘I do” with your ring finger and plenty of bling on your nails! Unless you’re crazy talented and can write beautifully on your nails, you should get them professionally done for the best results.

Wedding Dress and Tux Manicure- Nailed It! 12 Nail Art Designs for Your Wedding Day

How cute are these nails with a bridal gown and a tux? These look great next to black and white nails with hearts, or for a simpler design, paint your thumb, index, and pinky nails pink with small sparkles. Julep has a great tutorial for this look that can be found here.

Keep Calm and Say I Do Manicure- Nailed It! 12 Nail Art Designs for Your Wedding Day

For a less formal wedding (or for the weeks before your ‘I do’s’), give your nails a little sass with the phrase “Keep Calm and Say I Do” printed on them. Buy these stickers on YR Nails here.

Opal and Caviar Manicure- Nailed It! 12 Nail Art Designs for Your Wedding Day

Add some elegance to your wedding nails with opal and caviar! This is Essie nail polish in Marshmallow and Shine of the Times with one nail of clear nail caviar beads. Read Lacquer and Lattes’ tutorial on this beautiful design here.

Lace Manicure- Nailed It! 12 Nail Art Designs for Your Wedding Day

Nothing says wedding like a little bit of lace! This design would be nearly impossible if not for nail stickers. You can order white lace stickers (or any other sticker design imaginable) online or check out your local drugstore or beauty supply.

Monogram Manicure- Nailed It! 12 Nail Art Designs for Your Wedding Day

This won’t cover your old, new, or borrowed, but this manicure definitely counts as blue! Once again, you can highlight your ring finger with another color or sparkle. Take your design up a notch with a monogram nail sticker with your new initials! Create your custom nail stickers with your own letters, font, and color on Etsy from Sophie Rayes.

Gold Indian Wedding Manicure- Nailed It! 12 Nail Art Designs for Your Wedding Day

Finally, take a look at these nails! The design by The Nailasaurus is called ‘Lady Luck‘, but I’m sure you won’t need any of that your wedding day. This blue manicure could work for any old, new, borrowed, blue wedding, but is especially fitting for an Indian themed wedding.

So get inspired by these lovely polishes and nail your wedding look with a head turning manicure!

Love Nests: Simple DIY Centerpieces

When most people think of  table centerpieces, images of all things floral come to mind. But for some weddings, flowers don’t quite fit the occasion. If this non-floral tablescape style speaks to you, take a look at this beautiful and versatile bird’s nest centerpiece.

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Dress it up or dress it down, these bird’s nests can be customized exactly how you want them. The nests are store bought, like this one from Michael’s, and the eggs are marbleized in any color of your choice. Arrange a single nest, a group of three nests in varying sizes and heights on a round table, or a row of them on a long table. With flowers or without, these will bring a touch of spring to your wedding. Even if your wedding isn’t in spring, what better theme to start off your new marriage?

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Baby blue and white look like they were made for each other, especially in this elegant centerpiece. But if blue and white aren’t your colors, make these eggs to match other elements of your table or place setting. To DIY the eggs, you’ll marbleize them by dying blown eggs with food coloring. Here’s Martha Stewart’s tutorial on How to Make Marbleized Easter Eggs just like the ones in the photo at the top. Martha’s tutorial includes how to blow out raw eggs, but if you’re not that adventurous, you can buy blown eggs on Etsy or on Efowl.com. You can use duck or chicken eggs, or if you don’t want to dye the eggs, naturally colored eggs like these quail eggs on Etsy would work well also. Buying blown eggs will cost you a little more than if you do it yourself, but it can save you a big mess!

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If you want to take this project to the next level, check out Steven and Chris’ tutorial on these bird nests in a tree! They take a branch, anchor it into a urn, and decorate it with little birds, bird nests, and flowers.

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So if you want so save on flowers for your wedding, consider DIY-ing some bird’s nests for your decoration. Whether your theme is spring or you’re in love with birds, make these versatile birds nests with eggs in your wedding colors!

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Happy wedding planning, lovebirds!