Board #262 | Kitschy Garden Luncheon

I’ve been wanting to do a kitschy wedding board for awhile, full of retro patterns and super-saturated colors, and that’s what we have here today, in a fun take on a garden luncheon wedding. Have a buffet of homemade retro desserts, and if there’s room, set up badminton or bocce ball for your guests. Look to retro patterns for stationery inspiration, and even consider wearing a vintage dress (or maybe convince your bridesmaids to go vintage?). Also, I’m not sure how many times I’ve used it in different inspiration boards (clearly I love it), but that French net veil by Leah C. is perfect here. If you like this idea, but want to tone it down a bit, you might choose two or three colors to focus on, rather than this Kodachrome-tastic rainbow palette.

Mood: kitschy fun
Palette: saturated colors

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Top row from left: bridesmaids from Brides, styling by Chelsea Fuss, photo via With This Ring, melon balls from Martha Stewart
Row 2: bouquet and cherry pie both from Martha Stewart, dessert styling by Heidi Johannsen via Party Perfect, note from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 3: car photo by Lisa Lefkowitz, invitation via Brooklyn Bride, veil by Leah C, cake photo by Polly Wreford
Row 4: Stirrings cocktail sodas via Design Crush, ranunculus and vases from Brides via The Fairmount Bride


  • Ingrid Nelson says:

    Katherine…’s just perfect for summer. i want some pie!

  • Laurel_Speak says:

    I love this! I’m Italian and at family reunions we always play Bocce Ball, I think I’m going to have to include it at my wedding now!

  • Oh Happy Blog! says:

    Loving this! We are considering a co-ed bridal shower and I think that a retro-feel would be perfect. I’m def. using this board as inspiration!

  • amber says:

    these are the colors in my dream house! thank you for the inspiration! I’m translating it to decorating my new apartment!

  • chelsea says:

    I LOVE this board!! Also, my heart skipped a beat when I saw the photo in there from my portfolio:) Thanks, Kathryn!

  • amanda says:

    this is lovely! we did a similar thing for my wedding, but not as kitschy. i love the amped up color scheme!

  • Amanda B. Young says:

    This board is just wonderful! And, I think the variety of colors is even better than going with just a few as it gives it such a nice fun feel! Love it!

  • Kathryn says:

    I love, love, love this board. Thank you for designing my wedding. Consider these ideas stolen!

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