$2 DIY Tiered Stand

2 tier cake stand

I love DIY stuff. I love it even more when my completed project costs a fraction of a store bought one. A $2 tiered stand?!? So great!

This 2 tier stand was perfect for my cupcakes and mini Derby Pies for my Kentucky Derby Party.

You’ll need:

1 set of burner covers from the Dollar Store (they come in a 2 pack, one large & one small)

1 candlestick from the Dollar Store

Spray paint in your color choice (I used an oil-rubbed bronze color)

Super glue or industrial glue

What to do:

Spray paint all of your pieces. make sure to do a couple coats if needed to cover the design if any on the burner covers.

Then glue the pieces together. I decided to flip the candlestick upside down to give more space on the bottom tray. You’ll want to weight it down and give it plenty of time to dry. I tried at first to glue it with hot glue, but that was a bust.

 

Voila! A 2 tier stand for $2.

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Also check out my DIY Cake Stand as seen above!

Jello Parfaits

Jello Parfaits

I love parfaits! I found this PIN from Kraft where they cooled the Jello at a slant and added cool whip. I thought this would be such a creative addition to my Kentucky Derby party and something that the kids would really like.

It was a hit with adults and kids alike! I sliced up some strawberries as a garnish to top it off.

You’ll need:

Jello of choice

dish/glass for your jello (I used plastic cups)

Cool Whip

Fruit if preferred

What to do:

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I chose strawberry Jello and I found these plastic wine glasses at the Dollar Store that came 6 to a pack. It was a perfect single serving size. Also once the Jello was made per the instructions on the box, it filled 8 of these cups evenly without any leftover.

I had this wood U shape “box” that was a project reject but found new purpose as my glass holder. A little washi tape on the ends worked as a seatbelt to hold the glasses at an angle .

Slowly I poured the liquid Jello into the glasses. Then, with steady ninja like moves, I transferred my glasses to the fridge to set.

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Jello in the fridge ready to set!

After your Jello is set, pipe in some Cool Whip and garnish. It was so cute. Next time I’ll add slices of strawberries to the liquid Jello.

I also found the version below from Lea’s Cooking that I’m eager to try for the 4th of July! She has a full step-by-step tutorial on how to make this festive treat!4th jello from Lea's Cooking

 

Broccoli & Grape Salad

Broccoli & Grape Salad

Broccoli & Grape Salad!! This is a refreshing salad that will be great for all of your summer BBQ’s! I recently made it for my Kentucky Derby Party and it was a delicious hit! Below is the recipe I got from my mama, but there are SO many variations of this on pinterest, like this one. Some add celery, some add onion, but all are the same basic idea.

You’ll need:

1 bunch broccoli florets

2 cups seedless red grapes halved

1 cup slivered almonds

1/2 lb bacon fried crisp and crumbled

3/4 cup sunflower seeds

Optional: 1 cup of raisins

Dressing:

1 cup mayo
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon white vinegar

How to make:

Once you’ve got everything prepped, it’s just 4 easy steps!
1. Mix dressing in a small bowl
2. Mix all other ingredients, except grapes in a large bowl
3. Add dressing and mix
4. Gently fold in grapes

Seriously. It’s that easy. You spend more time halving the grapes than anything else.

Make ahead!

You can made it a day ahead of time too. I don’t mix anything, but just cut up my broccoli and grapes and put in the fridge in separate containers. I also mix up my dressing too. The next day all I have to do is put it all into my serving bowl with the bacon and nuts. Easy Peasy!!

Have you tried this salad? Do you have a different version? Share in the comments!

 

Easy Derby Pies

Mini Derby Pies

This is by far one of my favorite things…and parts of Derby time. DERBY PIE! We have been making this pie for years & I honestly have no idea where I found the recipe. If I do find out I’ll share it! But just know, you can’t have just one piece.

Crust:

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut into small pieces

1 1/4 all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

3-4 tablespoons water

Mix flour butter sugar salt until coarse with a few small clumps of butter remain.

Add 2 tablespoons of water, mix until it holds together, adding a little water at a time as necessary. You want it to hold together but still be crumbly.

Shape into a disk and wrap tightly in plastic wrap until firm, about 1 hour up to 3 days.

Filling:

*This makes quite a bit*

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, melted

1/4 cup white sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar, packed

3/4 cup Karo light corn syrup

4 large eggs

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

3/4 cup chocolate chips

1 1/4 cup chopped pecans

*Optional is a 1/4 cup bourbon. We don’t make it with bourbon and it is fantastic.

Here we go:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then you want to roll out your dough.

This time we decided to make mini pies as well as a full size. For the full 10 inch dish, roll it out larger than the dish and use you fingers to pinch of the top around the edges. I used a little extra dough this year and made a braid that I added to the top before baking.

For the minis I highly suggest Demarle cookware! I cut out small rounds of dough and lightly placed onto the muffin cups. When these were done cooking they easily POPPED out of the molds! It’s the best bake ware I’ve used. You barely even have to wash the stuff it cooks so cleanly and perfectly!

Alright…off my soapbox…

So once you have your dough in place, in a large mixing bowl, whisk butter, sugars, corn syrup, eggs, vanilla, and bourbon (if your using it) until frothy.

Fold in chocolate chips and pecans. Mix.

Pour into your pie crust, or spoon into your mini crusts. Cook at 350 for 50-60 minutes (full size) 25-30 for the minis, or until it is set, meaning not jiggly.

Slice and serve with some cool whip or ice cream. SO GOOD!!!

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DIY Derby Trophy CenterpieceWindow Glass ArtDerby Wreath DIYMaking a Hat 1Derby printables and coloring pagesDerby Hat TutorialDerby party cover

DIY Derby Trophy Decor

 

DIY Derby Trophy Centerpiece

So if you are looking for a last minute centerpiece, look no further than your local dollar store! All you need are a few items to make your very own Kentucky Derby Trophies! Easy and cheap DIY trophy centerpieces!

You’ll need:

Dollar store items:

Candlesticks, bowl, vase, gardening pots (plastic or ceramic), a glass

Other items:

Spray paint

Hot glue gun and glue

Optional: Pipe clamps (got these in the plumbing section of a home improvement store)

Here’s how:

While you are at the dollar store, stack the items you find until you find one that is pleasing and looks balanced. You don’t want it to topple over at the first bump of the table. Also think about height. Are you doing a grouping? Vary the sizes and styles. Here are my combos:

  1. The tallest is a plastic gardening pot with a tall vase (upside down) as the base. This one also has the pipe clamps I molded to make handles.
  2. The middle size is a ceramic pot with a drinking glass as the base. This one was a trial as far as the handles go. I used pipe cleaners wrapped in washi tape and then spray painted and glued on.
  3. The shortest is a ceramic bowl on a candlestick.

Once I figured out my combos I started my spray painting. I painted first because I hadn’t quite figured out how I was going to add handles or if at all. However, doing this allowed me to get the perfect color with multiple coats.

I got my first coats finished and then hot glued the parts together. This is where I would suggest taking your time. Keep the glue lines smooth and even so you can paint over them. I had most trouble adding the handles but was able to add some layers of glue to smooth out the look and even trim up any drips with scissors after it was dry.

Spray paint again. I used several paints, seen below. I just lightly dusted the trophies again paying special attention to cover the glued areas. Mix and mix until you find a color you like. I wanted a vintage tarnished silver look.

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Layer. Layer. Spray again…and again.

Last but not least I added roses to the centers. Bouquets and foam circles & squares from the dollar store of course.

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So for about $10 I made 3 “Trophies” for my table. Then, I found a white ceramic “trophy” complete with gold roses from a local consignment shop! What a find! Follow my blog for final pictures of my party. I can’t wait to put it all together!

Here are a few more links to make your Derby party a WINNER!

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Easy Window Glass Art

Window Glass Art

I’m sure by now you assume I have oodles of time to sit around and craft but the reality is I do most of my stuff after the kids have gone to bed and hubby has fallen asleep on the couch. What’s a girl to do?

This next one came to me while I was working on said crafts one night at the kitchen table. I was looking at my sliding glass door that my son and I had colored on earlier that day.

Why couldn’t the windows be part of my decor for parties, namely my Kentucky Derby Party?

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I printed up some wording that I created and also enlarged a picture of the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs. Oh, and some roses too. I taped them to the opposite side of the door and traced away using the Crayola crayons made for use on the windows.

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So what do you think of my window art? Have you used these crayons?

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Easy DIY Derby Wreath

Derby Wreath DIY

So this is a continuation of my All Holidays Wreath.
I just removed the decoration from my daughters Purple Princess Party wreath and needed something for my Derby party.
I found some great looking rose bunches at the Dollar Store. There were 6 or 7 in a bunch for only $1! I also had my decorative nail heads that I use to attach my decoration. 

First, I pulled the roses from the stems.Then removed the green plastic base from the flower.


Next, I needed to remove the small green stem in the center so my nail head would reach. If you’re using longer stick pins you might be able to leave them.

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Center stem removal

Add your nail head to the center of the flower and press onto the wreath. Repeat until all flowers are added.

 


It looked great with just the flowers but i also had a red and neutral burlap bow to add. It just twisted on around the wreath. Here it is!

I’m still looking for a small horseshoe to add but I’ll probably end up making one.
Be sure to check out my other posts for all your Kentucky Derby needs:
Derby Party DIY
Derby Hats, Etiquette
Derby Hats, Making a Hat
Derby Hat Tutorial
Derby Printables