Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Talk Derby to Me!

It's that time again....time to start planning for our annual Kentucky Derby Party!




As a born and bred Kentucky girl, I always look forward to hosting a southern soiree the first Saturday in May to celebrate the most exciting two minutes in sports! Guests will enjoy a day filled with beautiful horses, southern traditions, lovely and exuberant hats, rounds of corn hole in the back yard, mint juleps, and wonderful Kentucky food. Derby parties are the custom back home, but here in NC they are are unique and fresh to folks who are new to the Kentucky Derby experience.

I've been daydreaming up designs for party invitations. We plan to print our own on some nice card stock. Here's what I've been able to create so far:



I even scored some awesome finds at a local antique mall for the event including a tin horseshoe-shaped cookie cutter and a cool vintage "Derby Foods" wooden box for $10!


My parents gave us this half of a bourbon barrel from Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, KY for a Christmas gift (our car smelled like bourbon the whole trip home). We plan to use it either as a large planter or maybe as an ice cooler for drinks. 


If you like to entertain, a Kentucky Derby Party is a wonderful way to get together for some good southern food and a historic day of horse racing! I'll be posting more on the upcoming Derby Party as the time draws near, so check back for updates!

2 comments:

  1. How FUN! Reminds me of my grandmother, who always hosted a Derby party -- even at her old folks home! I just inherited her mint julep cups. I think that's a good excuse to have a party, no? I LOVE that crate you found. And the invitation is so cute too. Looking forward to seeing more of your planning ideas.

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  2. Hi Camille! Yes, you should definitely have a Derby party for sure! That is so special that you have your grandmother's julep cups. They also make great vases for flowers.

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