Kentucky Derby Party Ideas

Kentucky Derby Party Ideas

Earlier this week I shared my favorite Cinco de Mayo party ideas and today I'm pretty much pulling a 180 and doing the same for the Kentucky Derby. Moving from bright colors and festive decor to more subdued hues and preppy patterns. I love spending the day at the racetrack and everything that comes with it, including...

1. Summery dresses
2. Floppy hats
3. Equestrian-inspired pattens
4. Preppy details
5. Mint juleps (or in this case a peach alternative) and mint ice cubes
6. Fun backyard games 

Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas

Cinco de Mayo party ideas

I love a good party. And with Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to spend the week sharing some fun ideas for both. They're both so unique and full of tradition that it really makes it hard to choose to favorite. To kick things off, here are a few of my favorite ideas and DIYs to get you ready for Cinco de Mayo...

1. Mini cacti piñatas
2. Fringe invites
3. Fringe banners (yep, loving the fringe right now)
4. Pretty & natural decor
5. Festive party dress

And, since no fiesta would be complete without a killer margarita, here is one of my favorite recipes

Etsy Love: Craft Supplies

craft supplies via Etsy

I'll admit that my craft and DIY projects rarely turn out exactly the way I envisioned them. Most times I try to make do with what I have on hand, but occasionally when a project does warrant a trip to the store, I often struggle to find the perfect materials to match my vision. As a result, I've become somewhat of a scavenger and am constantly looking for and buying (read: hoarding) random supplies in hopes that they'll come in handy later. To save myself some of the trouble, I've started relying on Etsy for my craft and party supply needs. I'm a sucker for pretty ribbon, assorted paper goods and festive party supplies and love that there is so much variety on Etsy. Here are just a few of my latest finds.

1. Ribbon by LuckyLadyPaperCrafts $2.99
2. Hang Tags by FancifulChaos $6
3. Confetti by lovefernboutique $10
4. Kraft Stickers by ShopKayess $3.82
5. Striped Bags by fortandfield $10

You can also find more great items on my treasury, here

An Apple Picking Party

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I'm on a huge apple kick right now (who isn't?) and can't seem to get enough of them. Already, I've baked two apple-inspired treats, here and here, and I made a promise to myself that I would attempt to bake my first pie this season. All this talk of apples has got me thinking about how fun it would be to throw an apple picking affair following a day at the orchard. I'm envisioning apple cider hot toddies and a make-you-own caramel apple bar. Also, plaid picnic blankets and striped straws would help round out the decor and you could expect to find me wearing my favorite flannel shirt. You could even ask guests to bring their favorite apple dish and stage a little bake-off. Yummy!

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Best Of: Birch Party Decor


After spending a weekend in the mountains surrounded by Birch and Aspen trees, it's no surprise that I suddenly have them on my mind. I've always loved the texture and colors of birch bark and have dreamt of one day covering a wall in my home with this beautiful paper. But since I'm still a few years away from homeownership, I realize I'll have to satisfy my birch tree obsession some other way. Fortunately there's no shortage of goods when it comes to incorporating this natural look into your events and everyday life. For starters, I've got my eye on those straws and napkins.

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DIY: Paper Wheel Backdrop

Could these paper wheel backdrops be any more gorgeous? These eye-catchers practically steal the show over the tasty spreads laid out in front of them, which is something I did not think was possible. However, it's little details like these that I think often make a party even more memorable. And the best part is that anyone can easily recreate the look. Here are the steps for making your own beautiful backdrops using nothing more than paper, scissors and some glue. 


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