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KENTUCKY DERBY PARTY GUIDE

 This post is sponsored by Evite® and Vineyard Vines.

I love a party and using cute DIY touches to make an event extra special!
Here’s some fun tips and details to use if you are hosting a Kentucky Derby Party!
It’s coming up on May 7th!
Now that we have moved down south maybe it’s time to celebrate in southern style. ;)
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Styling the food table of a party is always my favorite area to decorate!
Roses are the official flowers of the Derby so they are the perfect touch for your table.
I usually get my party flowers at Trader Joes or another local grocery store.
Mix spring blooms in with the roses to be budget friendly!
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I love the idea of using a garland of greenery to play off of how the winning horse is cloaked with a garland of roses.
Spray paint can be a great way to bring home a theme. Spray horses for a fun table piece.
I once spray painted circus animals yellow for my girls’ vintage circus party and they turned out adorable!
Another great tip is to put to use your trophies for the floral arrangements.
Don’t have any? Check out your thrift stores!
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Have fun with the theme and let your guests know to dress for the Derby!
Bright and cheery pastels and bow ties are great for the look you want.
Hats are a must! Make your beach hat extra fun with a big ol’ bow!
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You can serve finger foods like cheese crackers and fruit.
It’s nice to offer easy foods for your guests to be able to enjoy and keep an eye on the screen!
We love cheese platters in our house! For parties or own smaller family get togethers.
Don’t know where to start? Include at least one hard cheese and a soft cheese.
You can serve with water crackers, grapes and dried fruit. Go as fancy as you want!
People love cheese and crackers. If you have a chalkboard platter you can label each cheese and draw an arrow to it.
Another great option is to put printed labels onto toothpicks and insert one in each cheese.
Treats in the shapes of horses and horseshoes are a fun detail too!
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Drinks can be a fun area to play up your party theme!
Mint juleps are a menu must. It’s been the traditional cocktail
of the Kentucky Derby for almost a century! You can add these free rose printables
to the tops of drink stirrers and garnish the table with a bowl of fresh mint leaves.
Be sure to offer a nonalcoholic beverage such as mint lemonade
just so you have something for everyone! I also like to serve water with lemon.
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Your guests are coming over to watch the Derby so
be sure to have space for everyone to be able to sit and see the TV.
Move furniture around if you need too! We don’t have a big house for entertaining,
but we don’t let that stop us from gathering with friends! Make it work, and if you
have an outdoor area have that space set up and available for your guests to hang out.
You can print out the Kentucky Derby 101 infographic and frame
it so your guests can brush up on the basics. I LOVE a photo booth and it
lets your friends horse around between races! Get it? Get it? Horse around?
Make or buy pinwheels for a fun backdrop. There are a ton of great tutorials for pinwheel tutorials on Pinterest!
Just add ribbon and attach these free race day-themed printable circles to the front!
Use painter’s tape to adhere the prize ribbons to the wall and you are all set for some fun photo ops!
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Wanting an easy alternative? Make a banner using the free printable circles
then set up this free printable “Pick your prop & start horsin’ around” sign.
Friends can gather around and pose with free printable props on
wooden dowels and have fun snapping away!
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Keep with the theme, take the party outside with a game of horseshoes!
Don’t forget to have prizes! ;) Everyone loves to win something!
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 You can check out all of the fun tips and free printables over at
Evite’s Kentucky Derby Party Hosting Guide!

Farmhouse Inspired Family Room Makeover: The Paint + Curtains

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We’ve been working on a little family room makeover! Farmhouse Inspired!
I thought people could relate to this project
because we aren’t able to totally makeover the whole room all at once, but are slowly
adding and changing things in the space to get the look we want! It’s amazing what paint and curtains can do!
Excited to share more progress on this room but for now we took a big first step with painting
the walls a neutral color and adding the cozy with the curtains!
Details below!
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Paint can make a huge difference when you are wanting to get that Farmhouse Inspired look.
I actually had this color upstairs waiting to be used in the boys’ shared room.
Then one day I decided that I would use it in the family room since it’s what we had and was a good shade.
PAINT COLOR: Doeskin Gray (Danskin Gray on the can but I think it’s a typo.)
Purchased at Home Depot. I got it in Glidden.
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I ended up LOVING IT! I seriously love love it. It’s a great gray…
not too cold and cool, but also not too warm/beige.
It does change with the sunshine coming in. One of the photos
below was taken at night and you can see it looks cooler.
You’ll be able to see the difference but I still love it.
It immediately made the room feel bigger and brighter!
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Next up… Curtains!
I purchased two packs of curtains and the curtain rod and hardware at IKEA.
The curtains are the cheapest most basic ones they offer. They are great.
I might hem them.. I might not.
They immediately made the room feel cozy and larger since it draws your eye upwards!
(This photo below was at night…so you can see the wall color difference.)
I started working a little on this corner of the family room.
The IKEA dresser units we had been using in our bedroom as our side tables weren’t enjoyed enough!
I pulled them out to the family room since that’s where I spend most of my time anyways.
I wanted to be able to see them because I really love how they look.
I also brought out the lamps that were on them in our room. (from target)
A couple months back I had gotten two seed rays for $7 while out junking with my family.
I finally hung them up side by side and put up a magnolia wreath with ribbon over them.
The wreath was a clearance buy from Joanns. and the Ribbon was from Michaels with a coupon.
The metal tray piece was from Hobby Lobby.
They had half off all metal and wood decor that day…the best day. haha.
I puttered around the house looking for items to fill up the the trays!
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This is life right now….
I can’t have it exactly how I want it, I have kids. they have stuff. Our space needs to be functional.
So I have the diaper basket…
the kid table (from IKEA) and the run around toy. (around we go activity center)
I have the most amazing chair from La-Z-Boy  that I can’t part with because it’s incredible for nursing.
Plus the kids love piling into it and watching a show together.
I’m happy with how the space is coming together.
Tweaking and changing things here and there but this is our first steps.
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The mirror is from Michaels! I had been wanting it since they first got it, so when
it went on sale for 60% off and then the 20% off your entire order…had to get it!
I think it’s the perfect touch at the door!
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I hope you feel inspired and motivated to take the first steps to
makeover a space you’ve been wanting to change up!
Paint and curtains can make a big difference. Shop the sales.
Start enjoying your home today!
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If you are a Fixer Upper and Farmhouse fan check out these past posts of mine!
26 Budget Friendly Items to get the Fixer Upper Look
Get the Fixer Upper Look – All Items from Michaels

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I love to celebrate motherhood through my blog, and YOUR DAY is coming up.
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