I love a good themed party.
This past weekend’s Kentucky Derby party had all the elements of a great theme:
1. Themed decorations.
2. Themed food.
3. Themed outfits.
First, let’s take a look at the decorations, all made simply and on the cheap with crepe and construction paper:
Old-school crepe paper is draped from the chandelier to the four corners of the room to create the feeling of being under a festival awning or tent.
Green crepe paper on a banister mirrors the striped straws in the guests’ juleps.
On one wall, vintage photos from Churchill Downs are suspended with twine and discreet thumbtacks.
The annual “run for the roses” deserves its own banner made of construction paper in red and white.
Red roses are a big visual theme for any Derby party. Pick up a couple dozen from the grocery store on the cheap, then redistribute the bouquets in small two-to-three blossom clusters in pretty glass jars for maximum impact.
A giant horseshoe constructed from cardboard and crepe paper twists adorns the wall.
Red and white bunting sets a festival mood.
Next up, the food! Any chance I get to serve Southern food, I’m gonna take it.
And finally, the guests were invited to don their Southern-preppy best. Pastels, big hats, and bow ties all around!