Festive Derby Party Pics!!!

Instead of braving the cold and rain this year- my husband and I decided to throw our own Derby Party!!! Check out the pics from the perfect Derby Day indoors!!!5photo

Jockey Wreath to great guests!  There is a booth at Peddlers Mall in Middletown that sells the most adorable Derby wood crafts- like the one above.

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And what would a Derby party be without red roses?!?  The tin cans were purchased at Michaels.  We stenciled the horse on the bottom tin while we used horse ribbon from Dee’s and a little hot glue on the other!


These are adorable and tasty mini Derby pie cupcakes from Just Call Me Cupcake!


A Mint Julep Bar for all those cocktail lovers!  I made a special blackberry mint syrup- which the guys loved!!!  These cute Drink cocktail napkins are from TJ Maxx.


And lastly- there were mint julep gelees, topped with a fresh mint leaf and sugar!  You can find the recipe at Southern Living- http://www.southernliving.com/food/entertaining/mini-appetizers-00417000077908/page15.html


3 DAYS UNTIL DERBY- get your last minute Derby Party Items locally!



The countdown to Derby is just 3 days- for those of you last minute party planners- A Taste of Kentucky has everything that you need.  And they are right around the corner!!!

From the perfect Derby party guide- How to Throw a Great Derby Party by Sue Wylie to party balloons and napkins- they have it all. 

They even have an assortment of local bourbon balls and Derby Pies for those of us that may not have time to get in the kitchen before the big day!

A Taste of Kentucky has 3 convenient locations- one in Oxmoor Mall, one downtown in the AEGON Center and a third location at the Village Square in Middletown.



Pony Up and Try this Derby Julep Recipe!

What would the first Saturday in May be without a delicious Julep in hand?!?

Take our lead and try out this fabulous Julep Bar idea from one of our favorite magazines- Southern Living!  For the ever-popular fave- try the Classic Mint Syrup.  Or for something a little sweeter try the Peach-Basil or Blackberry Syrup!  If you want a fruity kick- check out the Grapefruit-Honey or Pineapple-Lemongrass!!!  Your guest will be ready for the race after a sip of this Kentucky Cocktail!mint-julep-syrups-m


Derby Day is right around the corner- Check out these great ideas to complete your Party!

Mint juleps and red roses are about to come out in full force!  Grab your gorgeous Derby hat and check out these designs from Celebrate Magazine to complete your Derby Day Party!


Below is the link to dowload the coordinating Invitation, Menu, Bourbon Labels, Gift Tags and even How to Instructions for handmade Equestrian Ribbon and Garland!!!


A Vintage Storybook Baby Shower

This Vintage Storybook Baby Shower included so many wonderful details starting with the handmade invites with stamped linen, burlap, twine, and buttons. We decided on a color palette of earthy tones – tan, white, creams and browns which were the perfect combination for this fall shower. 

We found children’s storybooks dating back to the 1940′s from local thrift shops and used them as decoration throughout the tablescapes. We even took pages from one of the books and made book page garland and paper pinwheels which accented the gift table and vases!

Burlap table runners and ribbon complemented the white clothed tables, elements of wood, amber glass, and white milk glass added a chic design and were the perfect combination for the vintage décor and rustic flair. We used simple white flowers such as hydrangeas, baby’s breath, and roses to fill the vases and tissue pom-poms hung from the ceiling which helped bring in the color scheme of the event. We incorporated more elements of burlap into the shower by making a burlap flag banner that featured the baby’s name stenciled in black paint on linen squares.

A self-served bar was featured which included “An Apple a Day” Spiced Apple Tea and “Peter, Peter” Pumpkin Pie Spiked Punch. Brown and White craft paper straws added that special touch to the cocktail beverages. Brown craft paper wrapped books displayed the menu which was as charming as it was tasty.  Each menu item featured a storybook name - “Mother Goose” Brie Tartlets with Grape Relish, “Pat a cake, Pat a …” Snickerdoodle Cake with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Buttercream, “Three Little Pigs” Bacon Chutney,“Jack be Nimble” Chilled Pumpkin Soup – just to name a few!

The guest loved the activity that was featured at the shower – a Onesie Station!!!  What a great way to involve your guests and your mom-to-be walks away with memorable onesies for her sweet baby! This onesie station included both iron on appliques and paint & stencils to give guest an option on their creativity outlet.  The sign displayed at the station read – “Make a Onesie for Baby Truitt as he begins his chapter in life”…another great detail to tie the activity back to the overall Storybook theme!

And talk about a Happily Ever After favor – the guest take away for this shower was homemade pumpkin bread baked in mason jars!  The jars were adorned with burlap and tied with a storybook page label.

This shower was bursting with vintage charm and had a happy ending!!!

Classic Black and White Themed Halloween Bash


 What a classy touch on a Halloween celebration!  The understated elegance and subtle spook make this party a hit with guests!

Black lace is hot-glued to the glass votive holders and you can create a twist to a white pumpkin with a pair of black tights, tied at the top with a black ribbon!

 We love the idea of using an ornate frame to outline the delicious menu for the evening for guests!

 Top the night off with a black and white themed menu- look at these adorable black and white cupcakes and black caviar crostinis!!!











Check out these invites and clip art that will complete the party!



All of these ideas are from Celebrations Magazine- the clip art and recipes are located on the Website at-  http://www.celebratemag.com/slideshow.aspx?id=20544


Erica’s Gender Reveal Party!!!

Join the new trend and throw a Gender Reveal party to spread the news of what gender your new addition will be!!!  These parties are really catching on with newly expectant parents and are a great way to share in the excitement of finding out if your bundle of joy will be a boy or girl with your friends and family. 

Erica  joined in the cultural explosion and threw a Gender Reveal Party back in late June - Bow or Beau?!?  Here are a few  pictures of the exciting event…and by the way – IT’S A BOY!!!



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