Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Inspired By: Kate Spade

Today's post is all about celebrating and getting inspired by the fabulous and incomparable Kate Spade. Her fun, bright + colorful, peppy + preppy, chic + mod take on tradition has won her millions of devoted fans. I've collected a little cache of photos as a case study of inspiration for a wedding infused with Kate style, along with some tips on how to have a Kate inspired fete. It's all about the polka dots, stripes, ribbons, bright + bold colors, glitter, sparkle and fashion.

Mixing bright reds and pinks is a must, never a faux pas in Kateland! Bouquets and centerpieces are a great way to add these bright, bold + cheery colors to your wedding.

Ribbons over plain white linens are an inexpensive way to add a preppy punch of color to your table. Go tamer with a monochromatic color scheme, or go bold with rainbow colors.
1st photo via Martha Stewart Weddings, 2nd photo via 100 Layer Cake

Ribbon belt details, like this placecard napkin ring (above), and the ribbon belt detail on the menu card add some preppy chic-ness to the place setting.

Books are such a hallmark of Kate - colorful books add charm and interest to a space.

Carry a book inspired fashion statement, like these adorably chic Kate Spade "Book of the Month" clutches

Use books (or fashion magazines!) underneath centerpieces or table centerpieces. Mini blank booklets with guests names on them serve as perfect place cards and double as favors.

Go for a whimsical look with mismatched china, gold striped linen placemats, and gold flatware with a bright "bow tie" napkin, or keep it classic with bold striped linens and gold flatware .
1st photo by Char Beck Photography via coco+kelly, 2nd photo by Max Wagner via 100 Layer Cake

A fun and unexpected bold print tablecloth paired with bold mismatched china
Kate Spade ad photo via A Sprinkle of Sugar

Going with plain white linens to save money? A confetti strewn tabletop is festive + fun and inexpensive way to add pops of color.

Mismatched china, gold chargers, bling-y napkin rings, gold table numbers, colored glass votives and white footed bowl centerpieces are classicly Kate inspired

Champagne is an absolute must for any Kate Spade-inspired fete. Serve it with a twist - like a brightly colored striped paper straw, or a maraschino cherry plopped in for color.

A smorgasbord of delicious cakes and cupcakes adds color, gives guests a variety to choose from, and just looks oh-so-decadent (but could actually cost less than serving one big cake)
Kate Spade ad photo by Sivan Lewin via A Sprinkle of Sugar

A brightly colored print dress, a gold sequin bag, and finger food that never needs a fork

Coordinating bold black and white striped ribbon accents for bride and groom

Bright colored dresses and prints like strips and polka dots for your bridesmaids
Bridesmaid's dresses by Kate Spade, photo by Max Wagner via Martha Stewart Weddings

A classic dot bow tie for groomsmen

Add bright pops of color to your ceremony with umbrellas as props (and shade for your guests)
A cheeky, preppy fun take on a traditional garden wedding with boxwood initial ceremony markers and aisle topiaries = very Kate (see below)
1st photo via Martha Stewart Weddings, 2nd photo via Erin Ever After

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  1. AMAZING post Annie!! Such inspiration. Thank you!

  2. Your coming to do my wedding, right? that's what I love. I really am digging the different bridesmaid dresses + funky tights. I wish I was Great post, but they are always great with you :)

  3. Drooling over this post! Love all of the inspiration!

  4. this is a great post annie!! i love the COLOR!!

  5. This is a fabulous post Annie! So much insiration and awesome ideas! It's massive, but so worth I love every pic!!


  6. Oh my gosh you are going to laugh when you see my post for tomorrow! I seriously did a very similar thing..great minds think alike! I love all the inspiration you pulled!

  7. This is TOO fabulous! LOVE the Kate inspiration!!

  8. I couldn't agree more on Kate Spade being inspiring - when I walked in one of her stores in NYC on accident I was in awe! I know - how can that be an accident. Must have been fate :) Thanks so much for commenting on my blog feature on Merci NYC today - you're so sweet!

  9. Yay! Thanks for using the photos from my shoot! :)

  10. THANK YOU for this post! Literally, all these thoughts were going through my head and you executed them perfectly!

  11. Oh Annie-this is the most AMAZING post! My head is spinning from all the divine color and punchy Kate Spade sass!

  12. Oh, how I love this! Every bit of it! Fantastic post! :)

  13. I truly ADORE this preppy inspiration post! I am definately going to use the "bow" napkin idea at my next dinner party :)


  14. I never thought I would like a striped ribbon on a wedding gown but it looks gorgeous!! Love all the preppy inspiration..great post! =)

  15. I could not love this more! Actually, for Xmas this year I just told everybody "Kate Spade anything." lol I'm really, really hoping for a Book of the Month Clutch! This really is so inspirational, Annie!


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