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Friday, July 17, 2009
The Chinoiserie Wedding: Asian-Inspired Elegance
My Summer '09 To Do list was short, and I had the best intentions to do the following:
2. Go to the Dunes
3.Visit my friend kbesque in Chicago, hit both zoos and one day of Lollapalooza
4.Throw a party
Needless to say, summer is half-passed and I haven't done anything but the latter, and I'm doing it again in about 10 hours (yikes!).
What I have managed to accomplish is a bit of self-illumination. Now when someone asks, "What's your style, Kitty?" I can tell them I like Chinoiserie!
Thanks to a sweet blog I discovered this spring, Chinoiserie Chic, I have learned the random Asian antiques, sake cups, kimonos, Buddhas, and koikoi everywhere in my home are actually a design choice called, "Chinoiserie," pronounced, "chin-wah-zee." Kittens, you simply must visit her blog if you like to look at beautiful things.
Meantime, if you're planning a spring wedding or a party pertaining to Asian cultures or travel, have a look at these things to get your imagination primed!
Dig these fabulous fans (stick-handled, or festooned with ribbons) printed on both sides and used as programmes! I'm gaga over these little "double happiness" favor bags, too (see below)! They could be filled with scrumptious little treats, like the obligatory and ubiquitous but always delicious Jordan almonds, or even fancy tea.
Looking for the perfect gift for hipster bridesmaids and groomsmen? Sake sets! Paired with a nice bottle, these $20 sake sets (below) are sure to
be a hit!
Cherry blossoms piped onto fondant icing(above). The cake topper translates to "Double happiness," an auspicious Chinese blessing. This modern, Zen-ny cake would be off the chain for any bride lucky enough to be getting married during Hanami (cherry blossom season, usually late March - early April). If you're in Portland, Oregon (or Washington DC for that matter), run-don't-walk down to wherever you need to go to reserve your venue during this beautiful time of spring. Your pictures will be gizzzorgeous and you'll have the most original fete ever, I promise!
It's a party favor! It's a place card holder! It's a little snappy coin purse when the party is over! The trifecta: fun, functional and likely to be reused instead of chucked away!
Pass out paper parasols to guests at your garden wedding and/or hang them (interspersed with some sort of chandelier) throughout your outdoor tent for instant elegance. Seriously, tulle and twinkle lights are sooo tired!
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, your Kitty worked as an event planner. I've done it all in every venue from huge, swanky corporate Christmas parties to lavish baby showers. Golf outings, charity events (including a concert or two), a state university's homecoming (OK, well I was only on the Steering Committee, so I had help with that one).
I relate to every budget. I'm inspired by literature, music, theatre, Dr. Seuss, and my own lucid dreams.
Surprise wedding? No problem; I've done three of them. Santa party with guest-specific gifts for 34 children? Done. Baby shower on a shoestring? Got you covered.
Naturally, I focus on sustainability and eco-friendly ideas. Of course I'd love to hear from you! Throw out a theme you want, and maybe I'll work something up just for you. No, I won't come facilitate your event. I'm just here to help you imagine and procure. Yours, kitty