Kentucky Derby Party

Derby party cover

This is one of the best times of the year for this Kentucky girl. I love that I get to share a bit of home with people no matter where we roam. This year Bismarck  will get the full effect of big hats and southern fare!

I’m working on some new decor and food for this year, but here is a look at past parties. Everything, of course, made by yours truly!


So I based my primary decorations on a design by Hostess with the Mostess. She used real roses, but I wanted to make something I could store and use again, so silk roses made the cut. I did use real roses in a few other decorations including filling for our best hat contest!

These are just foam blocks that I found at the dollar store covered in black construction paper. I covered the top in green moss, from the craft store, and then just poked my silk roses (trim the stems) into the block. To make the words I put letter stickers on cardstock, lightly painted over them with red pain then peeled the stickers off when it was dry. The horses are from the dollar store too! Further down you’ll see I spray painted a few horses silver and they turned out great!


This trophy for best hat was an easy make with a cheap “gold” one from the party store that I dressed up with spray paint, real roses, and added a Pegasus Pin that my mama was nice enough to send me!

I found some great old horseshoes at an antique mall and spray painted a couple and left the others dirty. The fleur-de-lis is from a great find from The Urban Farmhouse in Louisville, KY. Click  here to head to their Pinterest page of Derby goodies. All of their rustic farmhouse style decor/clothing/accessories are also on their Pinterest site.

Southern Fare

Let’s talk food! This is one of my favorite parts! I like to make everything myself for any party. But the key to good party food is to know your limitations. I can make good cupcakes, but decorating them is a no go for me. I leave that to the professionals. I usually order cupcakes with frosting roses for the simple ease factor. Plus they make for great decoration.

Hot Browns (this is the link for the original REAL DEAL) are a must and Benedictine sandwiches are one of my favorites. One year we even did Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)! As always, like any good Kentuckian, we always have Derby Pie. Featured below in the top left pic, are mini Derby pies.

You can make a great punch from a couple cans of concentrate, I prefer raspberry lemonade, mixed with about 3 liters of Sprite. It’s delicious and a nice compliment to all of your southern foods.


You always need plates and cups and the red and black are my favorite. I hope that one year I’ll be able to get out of my comfort zone for something different but until then, these are what I love:

You can find these many places, online party stores, ebay, or Oriental Trading, which is where I got my labels for my water bottles!

You can also check out my posts on Derby Hat Etiquette, Making a Hat, and a full hat making Tutorial!

Last but not least is to get some great printables that you can put in a spray painted (to upgrade) dollar store frame or maybe even transfer to canvas. I can’t wait to show you what I’m working on for this year, but until then here are a few cute ones you can print for free now!

Derby red horse

Hostess with the Mostess





Hostess with the Mostess

Derby Horse Sign

Here is more help to make your party a WINNER!

DIY Derby Trophy Centerpiece

Window Glass ArtDerby Wreath DIY

Derby printables and coloring pages

Derby Hat TutorialMaking a Hat 1

Etiquette and Style

Construction Theme Birthday Party!

Danny 3rd birthday

We had this fun construction party to celebrate my son’s 3rd birthday! This was easy to put together and we had fun naming all of our foods! Below you will find all the links to the pins I found from how to make your own “Under Construction” cake to free printable invitations and more!

Lets start with the invite. I found a slew of free printables at How to Nest for Less.


I saved the picture then uploaded it to my favorite site, PicMonkey for editing. I had fun adding all of our info with different fonts, a few I was able to download for free. Just google what you’re looking for.

Here is the sample from How to Nest for Less:


You can do the same addition of fonts on the food tent cards, I ran out of time for this, and for any additional decor! There were so many cute things!construction-food-cards-640x494

Next my focus was on the cake. I wanted to make my own construction cake. I followed the directions from Two It Yourself.

It’s a great step by step that led me to this:

The banner I got at a party supply store and the construction cars we got at Target and they come in a set of 6!

The candle was a regular, ugly store bought number that I colored to match. I got the idea last year for my son’s glitter candle I made by following this instruction.

Gifts that Say Wow had some great ideas for food display. The dump truck of chips was my favorite. I also found food inspiration from Spaceships and Laser Beams and Catch My Party. The cute fuel printable, for the juice boxes, I got from Color Me Meg.  (See below)


At Catch My Party I loved the construction hats. I found that they were cheaper to buy from the party store than online. I picked up sticker letters and than an assortment of stickers for the kids, and parents alike, to decorate their hats. I also set up a coloring station for the kids to color various construction vehicles. I found free printables of those at The Color. I made a banner with a cardboard circle banner I found at the Dollar store and then glued the letters from How to Nest for Less that I printed on cardstock. (All this below)



We highly recommend a construction party for your little guy or gal! The possibilities are endless!

I didn’t use them but these cupcake toppers and invites from Forever Your Prints on Etsy are amazing! Plus, If you needed extra time, let someone else do the work!