A Kate Spade Bridal Shower

19 June 2012

One of the highlights of my crazy week was co-hosting a bridal shower for John’s sister, a topic of much discussion on this blog. Her wedding is coming up in just less than one month, so I figured it was high time to show you the finished project! To recap, I gathered inspiration here, shared our inspiration board here, and sent out these invitations.

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One of Marget’s best friends graciously allowed us to host the shower in her apartment, and it turned out to be the perfect size for our intimate gathering – about 15 gals. The food table was the main focal point, and I have to say, I’m pretty proud of our spread! I designed a menu in Illustrator to match the invitations (I used the Love*Jenna clipart from this PDF for the frame – great resource!). The individual servings of fruit salad with washi tape-secured cocktail forks were a big hit! (I was inspired by this birthday party.) The plastic cups and forks were from Party City.

Rounding out the edibles were individual cups of cut veggies (we added the ranch dressing right before guests were scheduled to arrive), delicious cucumber sandwiches (we loosely followed this recipe), and deviled eggs. The veggie cups were also from Party City, and happily, we were able to save and hand wash many of them for use at a future party!

We did a really fun “mix your own mimosa” bar for drinks, with orange, grapefruit, and strawberry apple mix-ins.

Finally, for dessert, we had quite the spread: a fruit tart, a carrot cake, and a donut croquembouche! One note, if you’re thinking of making something similar: buy a lot of donut holes!! I think we used about 75 on this baby. The drink stirrers and flags were made by me.

For decor, we kept things simple: gorgeous pink peonies, and lots and lots of hand-punched confetti, including more gold glitter hearts.

We had two main activities at the shower, besides the usual mingling, nibbling, and watching Marget open gifts. As guests arrived, they each selected a little envelope. Each envelope had a date on the outside, and a blank card on the inside. We asked the ladies to write Marget a note appropriate to their date, and then at the end of the shower, we gave all of the sealed envelopes to Marget. The ideas is that she’ll have a sweet note to open every day for the two weeks leading up to her wedding! The cards and envelopes were from Paper Presentation, and the little stickers were from Martha Stewart’s Avery Line at Staples.

The second activity of the day was our version of the Newlywed Game! While M + S were visiting John and me earlier this spring, I distracted Marget while John filmed Seth answering a series of questions. We edited the short clips, then asked Marget the same questions at the shower, and compared her answers. Fun!

We of course didn’t send the ladies off empty-handed – favors were tiny bottles of Essie nail polish, tied off with cute “Live colorfully.” Kate Spade approved, indeed :)

We had so much fun putting this shower together for Marget, and I think she had a great time! I hope y’all enjoyed following along!

13 Responses to “A Kate Spade Bridal Shower”

  1. TOO CUTE. I love it all, esp. the nail polish and the note idea. I may steal some of these when my friends get engaged. Good Job Emily and Co.!!

  2. jenna

    cute cute cute!!!

  3. What a great hostess you are, Emily! I love all the great details…..the fruit cups with the washi tape (so smart!), the notes leading up to the wedding date and the video! Incredibly awesome!

  4. What a beautiful party!! I love the details, like the Washi tape and flags. The nail polishes & tags make perfect party favors, and I really like the idea of the notes…such a thoughtful idea.

  5. Marget

    It was such a fabulous shower, Em! Thank you so much for all of the sweet touches. I can’t wait to return the favor in just a few weeks!

  6. I love love love this whole shower idea…great idea for the fruit & veggie cups as well!

  7. These ideas are amazing! I am going to use the idea of the card per day leading up to the wedding for my cousins upcoming shower! What great ideas you have!!

  8. You did a great job, Em! So much goodness in this party. No doubt you’ll be an A-mazing sister-in-law:) Love the donut croquembouche and the Essie favors, too!

  9. Em

    Thank you SO much, ladies! It was such a fun party to plan!

  10. Janine

    This is so cute, good job!! When I got married last year, I asked my sisters for a Kate Spade themed bridal shower and they had no clue how to throw one with that theme. I will be sharing this post! Maybe in a few years they can host a Kate Spade baby shower. Love this!

  11. Kaitlyn Newman

    I know I’ve randomly commented before (and I always feel a bit awkward about it!)–but still a huge fan of your blog and now that the time has come to plan a bridal shower for my dear friend Priscilla, I recalled this post and the lovely card activity in particular. In the middle of planning her June wedding, Priscilla’s husband-to-be got a new job in Vermont, requiring them to relocate this month away from their family! I’m adapting this activity so that she will receive a card from a friend in the mail every day of the month leading up to her wedding (did you know you can even custom print heart stamps at the post office?) Terribly cute. Thanks for the continued inspiration!

  12. flowflow

    thank you so much,i love this idea and definitely doing this for my bestfriend!!!!

  13. What a fabulous bridal shower! I’m currently planning a Kate Spade inspired baby shower for my sister-in-law and will definitely keep some of your wonderful ideas in mind! Thanks for sharing!!