The decorations were fun for me to craft and they gave me an excuse to wander aimlessly through the aisles at Hobby Lobby looking for just the right pieces.
I already had the blanket of roses and wine cork felt rose horseshoe. (When have you ever seen those last five words together like that?) And I found some cool Derby printables to help kick things up a notch.
|I knew this crate would come in handy. . .|
|I used a cool shabby chic frame of mine for a couple of the Derby printables. . .|
I was so pleased to be able to harvest some Derby-themed goodness from my yard. I snipped some roses from my knockouts in the front yard and lots of spearmint from the back yard. I put them in Ball/Mason jars wrapped with twine and I attached some straw hats (6 for 99 cents at Hobby Lobby) for a fun festive look.
|My kitchen smelled so divine when I was putting these together.|
We decided to put the TV outside vice having guests tromp through the house to watch the "Greatest 2 Minutes in Sports". We used our camp canopy to protect the TV from the elements and it worked out nicely.
In between the adult beverage station and the TV was the cutest hay bale couch I've ever seen (in person). I saw this idea a while back when we were planning the party. My friend only had one normal sized bale of hay and we could only locate compressed hay bales so we improvised.
|I hadn't seen my friend Camille in about a hundred years!!|
Earlier this week we saw a picture of a woman drinking an oversize glass of wine (through trick photography) and we thought we might have some similar photo ops with juleps. Looks simple enough, right?
It's a lot harder than you think, but we tried.
And for authentic Kentucky goodness, I made Burgoo adapted from Elise's recipe (Elise never fails me!). I could not find lima beans so I subbed in okra and it was a big hit. I made the burgoo Friday night but I had a massive migraine and didn't get pictures of anything that night. ;.(
My friends and family also brought some bowtie pasta salad, cucumber and tomato salad, sloppy joes and other sweet confections. I kept putting my camera down in favor of my julep and missed out on many photo ops.
|Just to be clear, those mud cookies were not made with bourbon.|
|Ketiesha won the Hat Contest - I think everyone loved her feathers. Next year, I am getting more feathers!!!|
Next year we will have a hat station where guests (including children) can embellish their hats (more) or we might have a hat crafting party before the derby party. We'll see.
|And the winner of the other bottle of bourbon for correctly guessing the horses to win/place/show. Congrats, Tres!|
I had a great time reconnecting with old friends and learning more about the derby and horse racing and am already looking forward to next year.
|I made 2 permastone horse heads a few hours before the derby. Love! And my friend ordered cool napkins too!|
|Reuse of felt rose, burlap and mini julep candle holder|
Another note: I am not really into the horse race thing, just like to have themed get togethers with friends. I crammed for the race and was originally going with Wildcat Red, then changed to Hoppertunity when I heard the name came from the infertile owners (Hoppers) who were trying to have a baby. Hoppertunity was scratched for some reason.