22 Apr

New “Preppy Paddock” Kentucky Derby Party Theme + Canon Rebel T3 Camera Package Giveaway!!

New Preppy Paddock Kentucky Derby Party Theme + Canon Rebel T3 Camera Package Giveaway!!

Winner update: 4/29/13: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winner is… Commenter #229 BLOVELY EVENTS! Congrats!

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The 139th Annual Kentucky Derby is just a couple weeks away, and that means you’ve got the perfect excuse to get together with friends for fantastic food, drinks, and Southern traditions. And we can’t forget the element of dress-up, of course… which is one of the things that make Derby celebrations  – and the pictures from them – so totally fun & unique!

And speaking of Derby celebrations, I’m SUPER EXCITED to share that we’ve partnered with 14 Hands Vineyards again this year to bring you the following fun stuff:
……….1) Creative Kentucky Derby party ideas (including food, drinks & decor)
……….2) A brand new set of free Derby party printables, and…
……….3) Drumroll please… a fabulous DSLR CAMERA GIVEAWAY PACKAGE valued at nearly $600!

That’s right… one lucky reader will receive a Canon EOS Rebel T3 with Deluxe Accessories Kit + $100 worth of Photo Props, which should make it especially easy to capture all those fun party memories from the Derby and beyond! ;) Must be 21+ to enter. Please see official entry guidelines at the bottom of this post.

New Preppy Paddock Kentucky Derby Party Theme + Canon Rebel T3 Camera Package Giveaway!!

PREPPY PADDOCK Theme

14 Hands is the official wine sponsor of the Kentucky Derby this year, which means it will be featured at Churchill Downs all throughout Derby Week… not to mention enjoyed by the very important guests in my own living room on May 4th. ;) We created a vintage-modern style Derby theme for 14 Hands last year, so I wanted to go a different direction this time… Inspired by the preppy fashion often donned at the Derby, this new “Preppy Paddock” theme features a fresh garden party vibe, bow-ties, preppy patterns, and bright pops of color!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

……..– “Watering Hole” Drink Station with plant holders used for wine and water displays
……..– DIY “Party Paddock” Centerpiece with bow-tie bedecked horses
……..– Southern-inspired small bites like Mini Hot Browns and Ham Stuffed Biscuits with Mustard Butter
……..– Homemade Bourbon Peach Pie Pops and Kentucky Bourbon Puddings
……..– Playful photo props for fun picture-taking + free printable “Photo Finish” sign

Scroll down for an overview of the party, and check out additional images in the full party album.

New Preppy Paddock Kentucky Derby Party Theme + Canon Rebel T3 Camera Package Giveaway!!

New Preppy Paddock Kentucky Derby Party Theme + Canon Rebel T3 Camera Package Giveaway!!

New Preppy Paddock Kentucky Derby Party Theme + Canon Rebel T3 Camera Package Giveaway!!

New Preppy Paddock Kentucky Derby Party Theme + Canon Rebel T3 Camera Package Giveaway!!

New Preppy Paddock Kentucky Derby Party Theme + Canon Rebel T3 Camera Package Giveaway!!

New Preppy Paddock Kentucky Derby Party Theme + Canon Rebel T3 Camera Package Giveaway!!

New Preppy Paddock Kentucky Derby Party Theme + Canon Rebel T3 Camera Package Giveaway!!

New Preppy Paddock Kentucky Derby Party Theme + Canon Rebel T3 Camera Package Giveaway!!

New Preppy Paddock Kentucky Derby Party Theme + Canon Rebel T3 Camera Package Giveaway!!

New Preppy Paddock Kentucky Derby Party Theme + Canon Rebel T3 Camera Package Giveaway!!

New Preppy Paddock Kentucky Derby Party Theme + Canon Rebel T3 Camera Package Giveaway!!

New Preppy Paddock Kentucky Derby Party Theme + Canon Rebel T3 Camera Package Giveaway!!

New Preppy Paddock Kentucky Derby Party Theme + Canon Rebel T3 Camera Package Giveaway!!

New Preppy Paddock Kentucky Derby Party Theme + Canon Rebel T3 Camera Package Giveaway!!

New Preppy Paddock Kentucky Derby Party Theme + Canon Rebel T3 Camera Package Giveaway!!

New Preppy Paddock Kentucky Derby Party Theme + Canon Rebel T3 Camera Package Giveaway!!

New Preppy Paddock Kentucky Derby Party Theme + Canon Rebel T3 Camera Package Giveaway!!

Alyssa & Renee had fun modeling the photo booth props! ;)

New Preppy Paddock Kentucky Derby Party Theme + Canon Rebel T3 Camera Package Giveaway!!

New Preppy Paddock Kentucky Derby Party Theme + Canon Rebel T3 Camera Package Giveaway!!

THEME OVERVIEW

As I mentioned earlier, this theme was inspired by the preppy fashion you often see at the Derby, which is represented through bow ties and the preppy style of the party printables. Sheet moss was also incorporated for a fresh spring/garden vibe. I really had fun working on this theme and hope you enjoy it too! You can download all of the party printables for free right here.

My own favorite elements are probably the DIY “Party Paddock” centerpiece, Bourbon-Peach Pie Pops (embellished with bow-ties!) and “Watering Hole” wine bottle display. While browsing the garden section at HomeGoods, I stumbled on an awesome water faucet themed plant holder and couldn’t resist turning it into a creative display for the white wine! A modern white window box planter was also used for the water bottles.

DIY PROJECTS

Fabric Bow Ties: (DIY Tutorial coming Friday!) We made 3 different sizes of bow ties using different colors of scrap fabric. The smallest bow ties were used as drink markers on the wine glasses, and also to dress up toy horses. The medium bow ties were used to embellish vases, and the largest ones were hot glued to wooden dowels for photo booth props.

Moss-covered Frames: Unfinished wooden frames ($1 each at Michaels) were covered with sheet moss & used to display free printable 4×6 signs

Preppy Horses: Toy horses were spray painted & embellished with mini fabric bow ties

Party Paddock Centerpiece: The preppy horses needed a place to party, and this one was fashioned from styrofoam, moss, and inexpensive wooden fences found in the wood crafts aisle Michaels. (The fences were $1.29 each). DIY Tutorial coming next week!

Winner’s Cup Arrangements: Trophy-shaped vases were embellished with printable labels and filled with yellow and white flowers, (white Stock, Queen Anne’s Lace, Billy Balls, and Dahlias) + printable “Win, Place, Show” pennant flags

Paper Diamond Garlands: craft punches were used to punch diamond shapes, then attached together using fishing wire. These were used to embellish around “The Watering Hole” wine buckets, pie pop display and they would be great table runners!

Wooden Photo Booth Props: from Etsy shop Say Hello were painted with acrylic craft paint and hot glued to wooden dowels

FOOD & DRINKS

– Cornbread Crostini (recipe via Southern Living)
– Ham Stuffed Biscuits with Mustard Butter (recipe via MyRecipes.com)
– Mini Hot Browns (modified from this recipe & cut into diamond shapes to match the patterns in the party)
– Veggies & Dip
– Peach Bourbon Pie Pops (recipe via The Wicked Noodle) embellished with bow ties
– Kentucky Bourbon Balls (recipe via AllRecipes.com)
– Bourbon Puddings (recipe via Sprinkle Bakes)
– 14 Hands Wine: Cabernet, Chardonnay, Hot to Trot Red Blend, & Hot to Trot White Blend
Orange-Tangerine Mint Juleps
– Water bottles embellished with printable bottle labels

New Preppy Paddock Kentucky Derby Party Theme + Canon Rebel T3 Camera Package Giveaway!!

VENDOR CREDITS:

Partner: 14 Hands Vineyards
Party Styling, Food/Drinks & Photography: Hostess with the Mostess
Free Printables: Hostess with the Mostess

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New Preppy Paddock Kentucky Derby Party Theme + Canon Rebel T3 Camera Package Giveaway!!

TO ENTER:

Post a comment below mentioning a favorite detail from the Preppy Paddock theme OR which of the 14 Hands wines you’d most like to try! (Click here to see the full wine list.)

Giveaway Guidelines:
- Must be 21+ to enter
- Residents of TN, UT, and Rhode Island are not eligible due to state laws.
- Winner will be randomly chosen

Prize Details:
- Canon EOS Rebel T3 12.2 Megapixel DSLR + Deluxe Accessories Kit – $479.95 value
- $100 in Photo Props

Giveaway ends Sunday, April 28th at Midnight PST. Winner will be randomly selected & notified on Monday, April 29th. Must respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

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447Comments

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kerry SAYS:

LOVE the mossy green picture frames!!

Reply April 22, 2013 at 9:12 am

Brenda Garcia SAYS:

Love the moss picture frame.

April 27, 2013 at 1:44 pm

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Sarah @ Belle on Heels SAYS:

I think my favorite detail is the grass frames used for the signage. It’s so appropriate to the theme. But I must say, the bourbon puddings look pretty amazing!!!

Reply April 22, 2013 at 9:12 am

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Gianna SAYS:

Love the moss covered picture frames and the bourbon peach pie pops! Amazing!

Reply April 22, 2013 at 9:20 am

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Jovanna SAYS:

Love the bowties on the wine glasses! And I would love to try the 14 Hands Reserve Merlot ;)

Reply April 22, 2013 at 9:29 am

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Leslie SAYS:

Love the photo booth props!

Reply April 22, 2013 at 9:32 am

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Chelsea S SAYS:

La, La, Love the mossy frames and food tags! Looks like a fun time!

Reply April 22, 2013 at 9:33 am

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lisa Gomes SAYS:

I loved the mossy frames and the waters, it was all done so well. The photo finish was genius.

Reply April 22, 2013 at 9:37 am

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Millie Gagliano SAYS:

I love the funny blue framed glasses. I would love to try Riesling wine.

Reply April 22, 2013 at 9:37 am

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carmen davila SAYS:

I love the bourbon balls!! they look sooo yummy!!!

Reply April 22, 2013 at 9:37 am

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Daphne Foster McCrain SAYS:

I love the pie pops!! Such a cute idea! I also would love to try the Moscato! :)

Reply April 22, 2013 at 9:37 am

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Melissa SAYS:

I love the little cornbread appetizers, pie pops, mustard butter, painted ponies and mossy frames.

Reply April 22, 2013 at 9:39 am

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Amy Brookshire SAYS:

I just LOVE the bowties… especially on the win glasses! simply fabulous.

Reply April 22, 2013 at 9:39 am

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Love SAYS:

The trophy vase is awesome!

Reply April 22, 2013 at 9:39 am

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LaTolya SAYS:

The photo booth props were really cute.

Reply April 22, 2013 at 9:40 am

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Sarah SAYS:

This party theme is so perfectly put together! The peach bourbon pie pops are adorable and sound delicious!
But I would also love to try the Hot To Trot White Blend from 14 Hands…

Reply April 22, 2013 at 9:40 am

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