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A Girl Named Kate: Trends for 2011: Kate Aspen Favours

01st March 2011 | Julia Braime

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Susan at Kate Aspen tells Brides Up North all about hot favour trends for the coming year.

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Kate Comes to Brides Up North!

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Kate Aspen

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No, not that Kate. I’m talking about Kate Aspen, an internationally recognised wedding favour designer with a new retail site created exclusively for the UK! The first thing you’ll notice about Kate Aspen wedding favours is their imaginative gift-ready packaging, and inside are some of the most creative favour designs you’ll ever see, many of which can personalised.

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With hundreds of favours in the collection, it’s impossible to show you all of them, so I’ve picked a few of my favourites. After you see these, I’m sure you’ll want to browse the site yourself! Let’s start with wedding favours trending for 2011.

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Rolling with Royalty

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Now we’ll talk about the other Kate. Her marriage to Prince William is already The Wedding of the New Millennium (to date, at least!), and the event is bringing glamour, elegance and the notion of a traditional wedding to brides-to-be everywhere. The trick for wedding favour designers is to marry a contemporary touch with those concepts.

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Kate Aspen Chandelier Mirrored Coasters   Kate Aspen White baroque frame

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Kate Aspen does it magically and gives you choices like the Chandelier Mirrored Glass Coasters, the “White Baroque” Photo Frame, “Check Mate!” King and Queen Place Card/Photo Holder (speaking of royalty!), and the “Golden Brocade” Glass Photo Coasters.

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Kate Aspen Check Mate Place Card Holders   Kate Aspen Golden Brocade Photo Coasters

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Welcome to Our World

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Kate Aspen Eiffel Tower Place Card Holder   Kate Aspen La Tour Eiffel BS

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Another hot trend–thanking guests with light-hearted favours that showcase places the couple have travelled together or where they will honeymoon. France? Italy? Exotic Asia? Kate has you covered with a French-themed collection that includes “La Tour Eiffel” Chrome Bottle Stopper (for your French wine, if there’s any left!), the “Evening in Paris” Eiffel Tower Place Card Holder, and several favours that feature the fleur-de-lis, long a symbol of royalty and elegance. Among them are the “Fleur-de-Lis” Bookmark, photo coasters, a chrome spreader and deliciously scented soap!

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Kate Aspen Fleur de Lis Bookmark   Kate Aspen Fleur de Lis Spreader

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Honeymooning in the Far East or other parts of Asia? Let family and friends know at your reception with beautifully detailed favours! One of my favourites is the “Lucky Elephant” Tea Light/Place Card Holder, and I also love the “Cherry Blossoms” Candle and the Luminous Black Mini Lantern Tea Light Holder (which, when lit, becomes extraordinary table décor!) If you’re looking for eco-friendly Asian favours, how about the “Breezy Bamboo” Photo Frame and the “Tastefully Yours” Heart-Shaped Bamboo Cheese Board and Spreader? And I’m really into the jewel tones in the “Imperial” Exquisite Glass Photo Coasters! Namaste!

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Kate Aspen Lucky Elephant Tea Light Holder   Kate Aspen Cherry Blossom Candle

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Kate Aspen Black Mini Lantern

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Kate Aspen Bamboo Cheese Board   Kate Aspen Bamboo Frame

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That’s Entertainment!

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What else is hot? You’ll be happy to know the art of good times—entertaining at home or a favourite “hot spot”—has inspired a new wave of favours ideal for bridal showers and hen parties. Check out the “Oh, So Cosmopolitan” Reversible Recipe Coaster, “Martinis & Manicures” Four-Piece Manicure Kit, the “Traveltini” Martini Luggage Tag and the “Cosmopolitan” Cocktail Mix, just one of Kate Aspen’s yummy edible favours!

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Kate Aspen Cosmopolitan Cocktail Mix   Kate Aspen Martini Manicure Set

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Kate Aspen Martini Luggage Tag   Kate Aspen Cosmopolitan Recipe Coaster

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Bridesmaids’ Bounty

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When you’re shopping for your bridesmaids, you’re shopping for chic! Here are some bridesmaid gifts from two awesome collections—The Kensington and The Cosmopolitan. Feast your eyes on “The Kensington” Ruffled Apron and Oven Mitt, and there’s also a cosmetic travel bag and a roomy, reversible tote. Classic chic, right? And for playful chic, pick from “The Cosmopolitan” collection, beautifully represented by this jazzy jewelry travel pouch. Everything in “The Cosmopolitan” collection is personalised with the bridesmaid’s initial! Fun, right?

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Kate Aspen Kensington Apron and Mitt   Kate Aspen CosmopolitanJewelryPouchHiRes

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Baby Shower Favours

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When the time comes, you’ll know just where to direct your baby shower host for the most delightful baby shower favours! A theme makes it easier to plan a baby shower, and some of Kate Aspen’s favours inspire adorable themes, like “Cute as a Button”, “Born to Be Wild!” and “About to Hatch!”

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Kate Aspen Born to Be Wild Animal Candles Kate Aspen Cute as a Button Photo Frame

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By the way, congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Be sure to invite Kate Aspen—your guests will be thrilled!

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Susan Hawkins is a writer for The Shops at 24 Seven and Kate Aspen UK. Internationally recognised wedding favour designer Kate Aspen offers unique wedding favours, bridal shower favours, elegant favours, whimsical favours, personalised favours, and reception-table décor on a website dedicated to UK brides who want the very best. Be inspired! Please visit the Kate Aspen UK blog, too!

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