Derby, Of Course!

It's springtime in Kentucky and that means one thing.... DERBY'S HERE! Neither of us are Kentucky natives, but we both agree that a couple of the many reasons we love the bluegrass state are the traditions and the history here, like the Derby. Even if you don't live in Kentucky, it's always fun to get fancy with a few of your friends and celebrate with a julep (or two!), right? We put together this fun little shoot to show you how to throw an easy, pretty (and pretty easy) Derby party. Enjoy!

 

First, flowers. In our opinion, one of the easiest ways to make any event a little more snazzy. Red roses are traditional Derby blooms, but we had something a little different in mind. We choose springy pastels that reminded us of classic Southern attire (think seersuckers and bow ties). In this arrangement we used blush-colored snap dragons, periwinkle blue hydrangeas and fragrant accents of white freesia.

We decided to show off these pretties in a thrifted gold container that reminded us of a trophy. You could, of course, use an actual trophy cup - if you can find one! Add a bowtie and voila! You have a perfectly charming arrangement for your bash.

It just wouldn't be a Derby party without mint juleps, would it? Display your cocktail ingredients in fun glass containers, like we did here. We also made flavored simple syrups to add some excitement to the traditional julep - this one is infused with lemon!

Lastly, send your guests home with some Kentucky-inspired treats! These favors couldn't be easier - place a mini bottle of bourbon and two bourbon balls inside a julep cup and you're finished. We promise they'll love 'em.

 

That's a wrap - enjoy your Derby party!

P.S. Don't forget your hat!

 

A+J