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Rolled Rose Tortilla Chips {Kentucky Derby® Inspired}

Sonny and I were brainstorming creative food ideas for our our Kentucky Derby® inspired party theme for 14 Hands Winery, and the famous “Run for the Roses” nickname of the Derby kept coming up. We started racking our brains on what kind of food we could make to look like roses (aside from the ever-popular rose radish garnish), and somehow rose tortilla chips came up! It suddenly seemed like a tortilla could be treated in a similar way that I often use a large paper circle to make paper roses, and thus the experiment began…

It definitely took some trial and error, but ended up working out in the end! I’m going to be totally honest though – even though the steps to make these aren’t difficult, per say, they do take time to make and it requires a lot of them to make a serving platter look “full”. This definitely isn’t a dish for when you’re in a big rush! It IS something fun to try when you want to stretch your creative muscles and really surprise your guests with something clever, though. I mean, what’s not to love about “Run for the ROSE CHIPS and Salsa” at a Kentucky Derby party, right? ;) I’m thinking with a little creativity this concept could work in nicely to other themes too.

Here’s how to make them:

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Darling Woodland Bunny Baby Shower

Let’s head to Miss Party Mom Event Planning‘s neck of the woods for Kenna’s latest party: a Woodland Bunny Shower that’s just as darling as can be! Pretty elements like lace, flowers, and vintage serveware were mixed with bold pops of bright color and woodsy stationery details from World Wide Party by Elena. Of course the dessert table is truly spectacular, but make sure to check out the creative guest book bar and playful guest tables as well… they are hoppin’ with cute ideas too! ;)

PARTY DETAILS to look out for:

– Confetti paper placemats, succulent centerpieces and baby shower Bingo!
– Fondant flower-covered cake with mini “Baby Eden” bunting topper
– A playful “Guestbook Bar” + Wishes for Baby Eden cards
– Eclectic paper fan backdrop + scattered honeycomb balls for big pops of color
– Woodsy cake stands & risers + wooden forks embellished with scrapbook flowers

Darling Woodland Bunny Baby Shower

Darling Woodland Bunny Baby Shower

Darling Woodland Bunny Baby Shower

Darling Woodland Bunny Baby Shower

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Kentucky Derby Party DIY: Race Horse Mason Jars

Hello from LOUISVILLE! It’s so fun to be amidst all the excitement surrounding the Kentucky Derby® already… I arrived here last night to work on some pre-event media with 14 Hands Wine, (proud sponsor of the Kentucky Derby® for the 3rd year in a row), and can already say that there really IS something to be said about “southern charm & hospitality”. In fact, I’m pretty sure our waitress at breakfast this morning was the very definition of both, which was especially appreciated after our 3:30am wake up call! ;)

Anyways, speaking of charming things, I have a DIY project to share with you today that I hope you’ll find charming too. It’s the Race Horse Mason Jar Centerpiece from my recent Derby Style Inspired Party for 14 Hands. This project is super flexible, so you can easily scale it to best fit your needs… just make 1 jar, make 3 jars, or really Run for the Roses and make 10 of ‘em to display all the way down your table like I did here:

Kentucky Derby Party DIY: Race Horse Mason Jars

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Bright & Happy “Coffee With Mom” Brunch {Mothers Day}

Coffee, cookies, presents, and family time… what more could mommy want, right!? Lucky for us, Valerie of Charming Touch Parties is sharing her fabulous ideas on how to make your #1 mom feel extra special for Mother’s Day this year. She designed this bright & happy Mother’s Day “Coffee With Mom” Brunch that’s irresistibly pretty with exquisite pastries from Cocoa Bean and feminine touches like bows and ruffles that will flat out impress her!

P.S. For more sweet brunch style Mother’s Day ideas, search the HWTM archives here!

PARTY DETAILS to look out for:

– Vibrant flower cookies on straw “stems”… displayed in a coffee bean filled apothecary jar
– Playful jumbo balloons with hot pink satin ribbon bows + playful “MOM” banner
– Lush spring flowers, white ruffle tablecloth, & chalkboard “Just for Mom” sign
– Monogram blanket + custom monogram phone case & coffee mug gift ideas

Bright & Happy “Coffee With Mom” Brunch {Mothers Day}

Bright & Happy “Coffee With Mom” Brunch {Mothers Day}

Bright & Happy “Coffee With Mom” Brunch {Mothers Day}

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Since Kentucky Derby® fashion (for both guys & gals!) was the key inspirational element for my recent Derby Style Party for 14 Hands Wine, I thought it would be fun to create some themed party garlands that looked like preppy neck ties! And as much as I would’ve loved to be able to string a zillion […]

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If you love pink, glitter, and the pitter patter of little feet, then you might have just stumbled onto party heaven! Ashley Greene of Posh Petals and Pearls put together a Glitzy Pink & Gold Baby Sprinkle that’s full of breathtakingly sweet and approachable party inspiration. From simple baby’s breath florals to creative pink dress centerpieces {on fabulous […]

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