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FREE Kentucky Derby Party Printables   Garden Party

As promised, here are links to download all of the {free!} party printables from our new Kentucky Derby Garden Party theme for 14 Hands Winery. Inspired by the colorful painted horses motif on the 14 Hands bottles, I was going for a “fresh and artistic” sort of vibe when designing this collection. I hope you’re able to have some fun with it at your own home Derby celebrations this year!

Everything here is set up on 8.5×11 templates for easy printing at home. Scroll down for a preview of each design, followed by links to download the high resolution PDFs. For more inspiration, click here to view these designs in use at our recent photo shoot, and learn how to expand on this theme with matching food, drinks, and decor. Enjoy! :)

FREE Kentucky Derby Party Printables   Garden Party

FREE Kentucky Derby Party Printables   Garden Party

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{Festive & Elegant} Kentucky Derby Garden Party

“The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports” is right around the corner already, and you know what that means…. party time! For the past few years, HWTM has partnered with 14 Hands Winery (the official wine sponsor of the Kentucky Derby for the 2nd time this year!) – to bring you lots of creative inspiration for celebrating the Derby in style at home. First there was the vintage-modern style Taste of Derby theme, followed by last year’s Preppy Paddock Party.

DREAMING UP A NEW LOOK FOR 2014

This year, I wanted to come up with something really colorful, fresh, and a bit unexpected, which always makes things more fun for the party guests! Inspired by the artistic look of the 14 Hands wine bottles and the vibrant colors of jockey racing silks, I mixed in greenery and rustic elements as a nod to the outdoor nature of the race, plus some preppy black and white patterns for a hint of classic Derby style.

The result is a festive Kentucky Derby Garden Party theme that feels both elegant and fun at the same time… I hope it inspires you to invite some friends over and bring the Derby home this year too, no matter where you live! You’ll find details on how to recreate the look below, and be sure to come back this afternoon because download links to all of the {FREE} party printables for this theme are coming soon too. Enjoy! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Repurposed wood horse adorned with a DIY crepe paper “Garland of Roses”, inspired by the Derby tradition
– Derby themed party signs displayed in open frames backed with dried moss + mini moss garlands
– Wine glass bases transformed into Southern Belle style “derby hats” for the ladies
– Gold-painted toy horses, jockeys and horseshoes used as place card holders and centerpiece accents
– Bold striped farfalle pasta used as both food and decor (Check out the “bow-tie” drink charms!)

{Festive & Elegant} Kentucky Derby Garden Party

{Festive & Elegant} Kentucky Derby Garden Party

{Festive & Elegant} Kentucky Derby Garden Party

{Festive & Elegant} Kentucky Derby Garden Party

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Sweet Spring Duckling Themed Easter Brunch

Waddle waddle! Last but certainly not least on our Easter party train, is this too cute Spring Duckling Themed Easter Brunch from Suzanne Olvey of Fanciful Events. Rather than focus on Easter’s most famous animal, the rabbit, Suzanne chose to highlight another one of Spring’s most adorable creations. With bright colors and tons of super creative but totally doable brunch treats, this would be the perfect way to spend a relaxing Easter Sunday morning with your loved ones!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Mini waffle skewers, mini cinnamon rolls & pink pom topped mini blueberry muffins
– Powdered donut ‘egg’ filled cartons & powdered donut birds’ nests topped with yellow duckling pegs
– Rainbow candy filled jars add a punch of color + a rainbow of speckled eggs & hanging paper Easter eggs

Sweet Spring Duckling Themed Easter Brunch

Sweet Spring Duckling Themed Easter Brunch

Sweet Spring Duckling Themed Easter Brunch

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Adorable Peter Rabbit First Birthday Garden Party

Bunny tails & garden decor — here’s another dose of pretty party inspiration that also happens to be very timely for Easter celebrations this weekend, but with a fun twist… For her daughter’s first birthday, Veronica Spencer was inspired by her own childhood favorite bunny to create this ADORABLE Peter Rabbit First Birthday Garden Party! I am absolutely loving all the hanging decor, like the garden vine decorated antler chandelier, as well as the stunning Peter Rabbit cake (featuring hand written messages from the book). Keep reading, because all of the adorable details are just a HOP, skip and a jump away!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Carrot, cabbage & first birthday cookies + fondant cabbage & carrot topped cupcakes
– Moss, toadstool and Peter rabbit silhouette filled terrariums + a Peter Rabbit pop-up story guestbook
– Mr. McGregor’s forbidden garden patch filled with garden planted veggie crudités & dips
– Girly tulle & pearl decorated high chair + a rabbit print dress for the birthday girl
– Paper carousel with the story’s characters + DIY paper character cutouts throughout the party

Adorable Peter Rabbit First Birthday Garden Party

Adorable Peter Rabbit First Birthday Garden Party

Adorable Peter Rabbit First Birthday Garden Party

Adorable Peter Rabbit First Birthday Garden Party

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With Easter coming up this weekend (already!), I wanted to share a few adorable parties with you today that would provide some major inspiration and get you excited for the holiday. If you’re hosting anything from a big Easter celebration to a small Egg Hunt for the little ones, this Spring & Easter Dessert Table Inspiration by Shauna […]

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I’m excited to share a different sort of post with you today – one that I hope will inspire you to start planning your own day of fun in the sun! I was recently asked to help style a Pool Party Playdate sponsored by Huggies® Little Swimmers, and with the weather heating up and summer […]

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