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Derby Style Inspired Kentucky Derby® Party Ideas

In celebration of their new – and super tasty! – Kentucky Derby® Red Blend, which debuted earlier this year, 14 Hands Winery asked me to come up with some ideas for a “Derby Style” Inspired Viewing Party this year. Fun direction for a theme, right?! I thought so too. :)

Style is such a big part of the Kentucky Derby® experience in general, and there are lots of directions you can go with it as far as colors and patterns. I used the wine label as inspiration for the color palette, and decided to stick with versatile & classic patterns like bold stripes, checks, & a floral pattern… featuring roses, of course! I also designed a “Derby girl” silhouette and little wine glass “fascinators” to represent the ladies, alongside neck tie and bow tie elements for the guys. Last but not least, pops of gold and a hint of glitter to add class and fun!

PARTY DETAILS to look out for:

– Wine glasses embellished with DIY Derby Fascinators and printable Neck Ties
– Bourbon-based wine cocktail dubbed the “Twin Spires Sangaree”
– Gold Derby Decals (made from horse stickers & gold spray paint) adorning wood stands & jars
– “Run for the Rose Chips” & Salsa + Mint Julep Fruit Salad
– Neck tie garlands, fabric bow ties, and painted mason jar “Race Horse” table centerpiece
– “Hold Your Horses” napkin toppers + lots more FREE Derby Style Printables

Derby Style Inspired Kentucky Derby® Party Ideas

Before we get too far into the decor, let’s talk about this new Kentucky Derby® Red Blend real quick. It has a core of darker fruit flavors, lots of depth and complexity, and is a great way to enjoy a taste of the Derby at home. As 14 Hands winemaker Keith Kenison explains, “Our goal when crafting this unique wine was to capture the fun yet sophisticated essence of the Kentucky Derby.

Most importantly, it tastes REALLY GOOD! My parents – who really enjoy wine and can be on the “pickier” side about it, shall we say – came to visit while I was working on this project…  After tasting the Derby blend, my dad immediately asked me where he could buy a whole case. Definitely a good sign. ;) By the way – it’s available in most major grocery stores. You can use this online tool to check availability near you.

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And now, onto the creative inspiration! Scroll down for a few more images that will give you a general feel for the theme, followed by organized sections for  the following: Food + Table , Drinks + Desserts, and Accent Decor + Printables.

Instead of doing a full set table like last year’s theme, I decided to just come up with a fun centerpiece for the table and set the food up on a styled buffet. I’m really happy with how this centerpiece turned out! (DIY tutorial coming soon.)

Derby Style Inspired Kentucky Derby® Party Ideas

I’m kind of on a kick with silhouettes right now… so I thought it would be fun to design a “Derby girl” graphic for the party’s printable paper collection, and then also bring similar silhouettes to life in 3D form! I ordered 2 wood cut outs of the silhouette graphic from Ten23 Designs, then used paper for the “outfits” to keep things quick and very budget friendly.

Derby Style Inspired Kentucky Derby® Party Ideas

This Neck Tie Garland is one of my favorite elements from the theme, and could easily translate to other themes too! (DIY Tutorial coming soon.) I used gold horse silhouette stickers to give the neck ties some Derby flair:

Derby Style Inspired Kentucky Derby® Party Ideas

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Italian Bistro Inspired Dachshund Chef Birthday Party

Birthday boy Sawyer knows there’s nothing quite like a big bowl of spaghetti and meatballs! So, creative party chef/mommy/business owner Patty Smith of Sweet Treat Stands combined two of her little guy’s favorite things, and cooked up this incredibly unique & creative Italian Bistro Inspired Dachshund Chef Birthday Party! I was instantly smitten with the darling Dachshund wine cork cake topper from Divine Wine Corks, the Italian café scene with red table and chairs, all the insanely creative kitchen tool displays, and so much more – all whipped up by an incredible group of vendors. You just have to scroll through all the pictures and check it out… Grazie to Patty for sharing all this creative sauce with us today! ;)

PARTY DETAILS to look out for:

– Rustic dachshund chef party printables with Italian flair from Party Style Design Studio
– Italian herb plant party favors and “Grazie” red glitter + black & white checkered bunting banner
– Lollipops displayed in a cheese grater, flowers in a colander, and straws in an olive oil can (so clever!)
– Pint-sized chef aprons and hat decorating activity from Revelbee
– “Meatball” cake pops from Katie’s Cake Creations, red door cookies, & creative utensil “chandelier”

Italian Bistro Inspired Dachshund Chef Birthday Party

Italian Bistro Inspired Dachshund Chef Birthday Party

Italian Bistro Inspired Dachshund Chef Birthday Party

Italian Bistro Inspired Dachshund Chef Birthday Party

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Bright & Colorful Country Chic Birthday Bash

Feeling freshly inspired from this year’s BASH Conference, Wendy of Moments by Wendy Larrauri styled her best party yet! For her client’s 25th birthday, Wendy created a Colorful Country Chic Bash that’s radiating with creativity. From wood palettes and hay bales to vibrant centerpieces and metallic balloons, I’m loving this playful mix of rustic elements and colorful-chic!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Creative palette-constructed sweets display + rustic photo booth with gold letter balloons
– Yellow and orange paper fan backdrop and white cake stands embellished with bright ribbons
– Minty lemonade + yellow daisy mason jar cups with pink chevron straws & crafted flower detailing
– Mini apple pies, cupcakes, and naked layered cake topped with juicy fresh fruits
– Pink table linens, yellow chairs and orange floral arrangement risers

Bright & Colorful Country Chic Birthday Bash

Bright & Colorful Country Chic Birthday Bash

Bright & Colorful Country Chic Birthday Bash

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Colorful Spring & Geometric Inspired Drink Station

When Seagram’s Escapes invited me to be part of their Keep it Colorful campaign for spring, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to dream up something fun and unexpected!

Spring party themes almost always have lots of flowers and whimsical, garden-style details, so I decided to try out a very modern and geometric spring look this time around, incorporating cute bird elements as a playful nod to the season. Speaking of cute birds, download a free printable of the “Birds of a feather CHEERS together” Drink Sign below!

THE INSPIRATION

I have a slight obsession with the combo of pink, orange, and green/mint right now, and just happened to stumble on the perfect backdrop element in those exact colors…. in the form of a geometric print shower curtain from Target! There are also plenty of pink and orange hued Seagram’s Escapes flavors that fit this palette perfectly, so I went with Wild Berries, Peach Fuzzy Navel, and Jamaican Me Happy… which definitely lives up to its name! ;)

Colorful Spring & Geometric Inspired Drink Station

SIGNATURE DRINK STATIONS

I love to approach styled drink stations as a combo of decoration and function – meaning they pull double duty as a focal point or “centerpiece” for your party, just like a styled dessert station would. And instead of trying to pile every drink option under the sun onto one styled table, which can get crowded very fast, you can make your life easier by narrowing the focus to a signature drink station. Everyday essentials like soda cans, water, and even extra cups can easily be stored in a nearby cooler, fridge, and/or bar cart to which your guests have easy access.

This signature drink station features colorful bottles of Seagrams Escapes, which can be enjoyed on their own OR combined with the the juices and liquors on the table. Guests can pick and choose from all the options on the table to whip up their own unique cocktail! I went with Peach Juice and Raspberry Lemonade for the juice mixers here. See bottom of the post for suggested cocktail recipe combinations.

Colorful Spring & Geometric Inspired Drink Station

DETAILS, DETAILS

The color blocked bird and birdhouses pictured above started out as a plain cement bird (from the garden section at Target) and unfinished wooden birdhouses from Michaels. I loved their clean & modern silhouettes, and thought they’d fit into the theme nicely… once decked out with a little paint, of course. ;) I also spray painted a little plate holder stand silver and used it to hold the party straws.

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