Hard to believe we are almost through April! Which means only one thing…Derby weekend is just around the corner!
If you know me, you know I love a good party. Especially if it’s a good themed party. Hosting my very own Derby party has always been on my party bucket list.
Unfortunately, this year won’t be the year. Wah.
But, I wanted my loss to be your gain. So today, I have a ton of Derby party eye candy to share. Be ready to be inspired (and host your very own Derby party)!
When throwing a party, I like to have something to greet guests and set the stage right out of the gate (pun intended). Enter this adorable rose wreath (via She’s Kinda Crafty). How cute is this?!
The next place I usually focus on is the food table. I think this ribbon garland is perfect! (via Camilla Styles) This is totally DIY-able too. You could probably pick up some prize ribbons at a local party store.
Flowers can be an easy and inexpensive way to enhance the decor and add some color to your party. I love the idea of using “mint julep” cups to hold the flowers. These flower arrangements are small enough that all of us can act as our own florist. I also love the idea of spray-painting toy horses to either attach to decor or set around, such as on the food table (via Hostess with the Mostess).
If you are throwing a Derby-themed party you gotta have a designated “mint julep” bar (via Evite). Duh. How cute is this sign?!
And, instead of using traditional drink stirrers, consider making these Derby-inspired ones (via Inspired by Charm). (If you are not a DIY-er, or don’t have the time, you can also purchase these bad boys).
Now let’s get to the important part. You can’t have a Derby party, without serving up some serious southern food. Here are some ideas:
- Pimento cheese and crackers
- Cold fried chicken
- Kentucky Brown Sliders
- Mint Julep Brownies
- Kentucky Derby Pie
The hats are pretty much 90% of the reason why I want to throw a Kentucky Derby Party. I just love the amount of creativity people use – I mean, some people’s hats are crazy (and in a good way)!! If you want to go classic, I love this hat by I Spy DIY but if you want to go big (and I mean big)…check out this hat I found on Preppy Princess. I mean, can you go wrong with a Derby hat that has a flamingo coming out of the top?! I think not!
What are some of your Derby essentials? Do you have any good hat ideas?