Posted by Kate Aspen | Posted in Baby Shower Favors, Bridesmaids Gifts, New Favors, Wedding Favors | Posted on 16-12-2010
Great news, girls! You called for more glamour and personalization, and we’ve responded. Kate Aspen announces the 2011 Collection to add the little touches to weddings, showers and all of life’s special moments! And wait until you see what we have for bridesmaids!
Feast your eyes on “The Kensington” Collection for bridesmaids—five coordinating gifts in stunning ivory and black, featuring a classic damask design. The ruffled apron and oven mitt come as a set, and you can mix-and-match with the cosmetic travel bag, the reversible tote and the tumbler. Oh, yes–these beauties can be personalized! There are some bridesmaids out there who don’t know how lucky they are yet!
Trend-setting is always in style at Kate Aspen. Take your pick of these delightful new designs—stylish and practical! Gold is making a comeback, and our gorgeous “Golden Brocade” Photo Coasters reflect the trend. Just as glamorous are the “Chandelier” Frosted-Glass Tea Light Holder and the eye-catching “Chandelier” Mirrored-Glass Coasters.
The coasters go right along with everyone’s growing passion for entertaining and travel—wonderful inspiration for our favor artisans, who designed the “Traveltini” Martini Luggage Tag, the “Martinis & Manicures” Four-Piece Stainless-Steel Manicure Set, the “Oh, So Cosmopolitan!” Reversible Recipe Coaster, and the “Vintage Reserve” Wine Bottle Tealight.
We’re still going places with several new additions to our collection of French-themed favors. Tres magnifique are “La Tour Eiffel” Chrome Bottle Stopper, “La Tour Eiffel” Chrome Bottle Opener, the Fleur-de-Lis Scented Soap, the Fleur-de-Lis Stainless-Steel Spreader and the Fleur-de Lis Openwork-Metal Bookmark. What a lovely way to say merci and au revoir to your guests!
Our brides asked for more personalized favors and more incredible edible favors, and Kate Aspen answered with a yummy array of personalized options, like our “Bottoms Up!” Cosmopolitan Cocktail Mix, “Sweet Send-Off” Favor Jars, mouthwatering “Meant to Bee” Gourmet Clover Honey and “Spread the Love” Gourmet Strawberry Jam. The favor jars, honey and jam are also available as baby shower favors!
For the eco-conscious bride and host, here are two terrific bamboo favors. You’re going to love this “Tastefully Yours” Heart-Shaped Bamboo Cheese Board and Spreader. Planet-friendly practicality, right? And picture this bamboo work of art—the “Breezy Bamboo” Bamboo Photo Frame/Place Card Holder. Did you know bamboo symbolizes, among other things, longevity and flexibility—two very important attributes of a happy marriage?
And for one of life’s other sweet celebrations, we’ve got you covered! Kate Aspen’s 2011 adorable, imaginative baby shower favors include the “Baby On the Block” Alphabet-Blocks Stainless-Steel Spreader, “Li’l Scribbles” Baby Notepads, “Gimme Some Sugar” Sugar Tongs, “Baby Announce-mints” Mint Tins and more. We also added to our “Cute As a Button” collection—with a frosted glass tealight holder and round photo frame.
This was just a sneak peek at the 2011 collection, so please check out our new arrivals on KateAspen.com and be inspired!
Posted by Kate Aspen | Posted in Real Weddings, Wedding Favors | Posted on 08-12-2010
When Mark proposed, we started the wedding planning almost immediately – and I was almost immediately overwhelmed! Being a Kate Aspen girl, I had always believed that wedding planning would be a piece of cake. I spent my work days thinking about weddings, designing for them, and secretly stockpiling ideas for my own. I just knew that I had it all figured out – my mind was swirling with plans and projects. I could quickly learn the art of calligraphy, and hand-engrave each envelope! There would be a color-coordinated candy buffet, overflowing with homemade confections! The aisle would be draped in garlands of fragrant pink peonies!
But once we were engaged, and it sunk in that I would be planning an event that would involve real guests (most of whom would be traveling across state lines to my hometown in North Carolina), a real-life budget (peonies aren’t in bloom in October), and a real time-table (there’s only so much you can do in 9 months), I knew that we would have to prioritize. I forced myself to move past the frilly details and consider what was most important on our big day – what mattered most to us, and what would have the biggest impact on our guests?
Our first priority was simple – fun! We wanted our guests to have a blast. We chose the NC Museum of Natural Sciences as our venue. It was a large, open space, with intriguing exhibits, live animals on display, and enough space for a seated dinner for 200 guests. Guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the second floor, and then moved upstairs for dinner and dancing (in the shadows of two giant dinosaur skeletons!) It was casual, unique, and slightly goofy – just perfect for us.
Knowing that we would have guests coming from Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and even Kansas, it was really important to us that they feel welcome, and leave North Carolina feeling like it was worth the trip. So we put together a welcome bag with a few items that would make their stay a bit more comfortable:
- “The Perfect Blend” Coffee Kit (perfect for Sunday morning)
- “Noteworthy Couple” Personalized Journal and Pen (for jotting down directions)
- “Hugs & Kisses from Mr. and Mrs.!” Scented Soaps (just adorable, and much nicer than hotel soap!)
- Some local snacks – NC Peanuts, local honey, and homemade sweet potato muffins
- A map of the area marked with the location of the church, reception, and some of our favorite restaurants
The bags awaited guests in their hotel rooms, and everyone just loved them. Even though we couldn’t be there to greet each guest as they arrived, we felt like this was a way of saying “We’re so glad you are here!”
As a designer, another priority was, naturally, style! I had always dreamt of an October wedding, but knew that I wanted to do it differently – sunflowers and orange calla lilies just don’t float my boat. Instead of drawing inspiration from the changing leaves, I looked to our setting – downtown Raleigh – and decided on a cool, neutral palette of gray and white with accents of blush pink. It was important to me to keep some personality alive (and keep the torture of the bridesmaids to a minimum!), so I had the girls pick their own dresses. The varying styles and shades of gray were just perfect, and it kept things feeling casual and comfortable.
When it came time to choose flowers, I began to understand why fall florals all seemed to look the same – the choices are a bit limited! Many of my favorite flowers were out of season, but the florist was able to offer suggestions based on the look we wanted to create. For the bridesmaids, we went with ruffly pink garden roses, and I was thrilled to find out that anemones (a favorite of mine) were in season – they added a great punch of black in my big white bouquet.
Selecting favors was my favorite part of the whole process. It was a hard decision, though. How does a wedding favor designer pick a favor for her own wedding? It’s like picking a favorite child! Kate Aspen has so many that I love (and many that I designed – so they fit my style pretty well, right?!), but Mark and I eventually decided on the adorable beehive candle, “Meant to Bee”. It has some sentimental value for us – we met at Georgia Tech, and our mascot is the yellow jacket. How perfect is that?
Here are a few others we considered – these could all be great picks for any fall wedding that isn’t incorporating the usual warm tones and leaf themes:
- “Gra-TEA-Tude” Tea Box with Tea Bag Kit (Set of 6) – What says fall better than a warm mug of tea?
- “Love Dove” Scented Soap – The colors fit our wedding perfectly!
- “Love Songs” Birdcage Tea Light/Place Card Holder – Modern and unique – lit, they cast a beautiful warm glow
Choosing a beautiful, personal favor was a way to show our style – but more importantly, it was another little way of showing our thanks to those guests who travelled so far to be with us on our wedding day. And isn’t that what it’s all about? There were no hand-calligraphed envelopes (just my neatest handwriting), no color-coordinated candy buffet (only a delicious homemade wedding cake), and no garlands of peonies (garden roses were just fine). But that’s ok right? Because the memories we will treasure are of the friends and family who traveled many miles, many hours to be with us that day.