Break out the hats and bow ties – it’s Derby Day! We teamed up with Williams-Sonoma to throw this Derby Day Party! The best part? You can recreate this look by making your own version of the horseshoe frames, floral hats, and copper bud vases. Plus, Kelly is sharing her favorite party tips for throwing a Derby Day party at home!
Captured by Milou + Olin, this Derby Day party is totally DIY-able! Derby Day wouldn’t be the same without a mint julep in hand and you can even shake things up by serving them in Williams-Sonoma copper tumblers! We used copper flatware and wicker chargers to tie the colors of the melamine plates and navy linen together.
Throwing a Derby Day Party at home
Know Your Audience: When you're throwing a party, it's so important to cater the day's activities to your guests. Think of food, beverages, and their general interest in the Derby! If you know most of your guests don’t like Bourbon, then it doesn’t make much sense to serve a traditional Mint Julep at your party get creative and try a bubbly mint julep all you need is your favorite bubbles, some mint and lime juice an voila refreshing derby sparkler!
Refreshments & Bites: Always make things that are easy - especially if you're entertaining at home. I like to serve something that allows me more time with my guest than spent in the kitchen! If you want to jazz up your favorite bites use non-traditional serving platters think wood, acrylic and metal and just add some blooms for those pops of color! Pretty cocktails are one of the easiest things to make for your party. Just having the proper glassware or one elevated element makes all the difference. Try adding a unique ice cube or garnish. If you are wanting to do the Bubbly Mint Julep you could always add blueberries and mint to your ice cubes and maybe a little simple syrup. CHEERS!
You don’t need to be a florist to create beautiful arrangements: Find creative ways to use unexpected foliage around your home. A simple way to stay true to the Derby theme would be to grab some mint and red roses add it into interesting silver containers or found bottles (olive oil, wine, champagne,