Parties for Pennies & DYG Prepare Your Next Holiday Soiree: a Kate Spade Inspired Party

Hey party people! Do you adore Kate Spade? I absolutely do. The purses and accessories are just so beautiful. The best words to describe them would be vibrant & fun, which is exactly what I envisioned for my holiday cocktail party! Be sure to check out Kate’s perfect holiday party outfit picks in part two of this series as well.

Kate Spade Inspired Holiday party by

Detail 1: Bright Pink Flowers & Black Vases

I love the look of bright pink flowers in a black vase. That black vase is actually a fish bowl painted black! Use these as centerpieces to your appetizer table by lining them all down the middle or scattering them across the room (on the coffee table, book shelf, etc.).

Detail 2: Bright Tablecloth

This would be a beautiful tablecloth. Imagine it with pops of pink, black & gold! In the words of Rachel Zoe, “Maj!” If you can’t find an exact tablecloth in this color, stop in your local fabric store and create a custom one.

Detail 3: Appetizer Serving!

Set out your appetizers on gold trays like this one. (Shhh…it’s actually a plastic gold one from Party City!) They add the perfect lux touch to your food.

Detail 4: Black & White Stripes

I love this black & white striped vase to hold the pink flowers as well. Can’t afford to buy new vases like this? Buy plain glass vases from the dollar store. Paint them white, then create stripes across them with painters tape and spray black. Remove the tape & you’ve got your own black & white striped vase.

Detail 5: Party Favor Nail Polishes!

For party favors, send each guest home with a vibrant nail polish. Is it a mixed crowd? Buy plain bottle openers & use a bright color (such as the green) to paint the handle of the opener. Give these out to the male attendees.


Now let’s talk about the invitations. Based on the Kate Spade inspiration, here is what I designed. Simply print these off on white card stock & you’ve got your invitations!

Kate Spade Christmas Party Invite - Cover

Print the cover here! Or, choose the “Holiday Party” cover here.

Kate Spade Holiday Invitation - back by

Print this other side here!

This is the back of the invitation. You can either fill in the information by hand or fill it out on your computer before printing. I left the top space open so you can insert your own greeting.

Printing Tips

These are 5×7 invitation templates. There are two options you have when printing them.

  1. Print off both front & back on separate sheets of cardstock. Cut them out then glue together (with a glue stick) to create a one sheet invitation.
  2. Download the front page to Microsoft Publisher, then position the front of the invitation to the right side of the paper in the landscape setting. Print this off. Flip the paper you just printed off into the printer tray so that the blank side will be the one that is now printed on. Download the second page of the invitation to Publisher & position it to the right side of the paper. Print. This should create a folding invitation with the front page opening to the information on the inside.


Holiday Party Drinks!

Unsure of what to serve at your Kate Spade inspired holiday cocktail party? How about something simple but fun! I try to stick with simple drinks if I’m entertaining a larger group. This also keeps the cost down.

All That Razz Cocktail

  • 1 oz. Raspberry Liqueur
  • 5 oz. ginger ale
  • 3 raspberries

Pour liqueur into the bottom of a champagne flute or martini glass. Add ginger ale then raspberries.

5 Budget-Friendly Appetizers - Mexican Cups

Festive Holiday Appetizers

Here are my tips for appetizers: 

  1. If serving a large crowd, choose 2 meat apps, 3-4 starchy or veggie apps, and a fruit & veggie spread. 
  2. When you find an appetizer recipe that you really want to serve, use ingredients from that recipe to determine other appetizer choices. For example, if you decide to serve mini spinach & feta quiche cups then serve a feta cheese dip with artisan crackers as well. This helps your budget. 
  3. Plan for 2 appetizers of each menu item per guest. 

One more great Kate Spade inspired idea: If you want to decorate your entire home or apartment without breaking the bank, wrap up presents in black & white striped wrapping paper and tie bright pink and green ribbons around them. Stack these throughout your home to create fun, budget-friendly decorations.

Screen Shot 2013-12-03 at 12.00.07 PMHope this helps you plan your next fun & vibrant holiday party!

This is part one of a two part series with Heidi Rew of Parties for Pennies on fabulously chic Holiday partying. Be sure to check out part two from Kate & Elyse entitled, “Parties for Pennies & DYG Prepare Your Next Holiday Soiree: the Outfits.”

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Parties for Pennies Pic ResizedHeidi Rew is the owner and chief blogger at Parties for Pennies. Parties for Pennies inspires you to create champagne-style parties on a beer budget. You’ll find tips, ideas, DIY projects, and tutorials that will help you create an “Oh my gosh YOU did THIS?” kinda party without emptying your bank account. Be sure to follow Parties for Pennies on FacebookTwitter, & Pinterest as well! 

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