While the weather didn’t hold out for this year’s Queen’s Cup, the celebration carried on in true Steeplechase fashion!
Armed with goulashes, classic Derby attire, embellished hats and lots of belly warming cocktails, we partied the day away- rain and all. Next year’s themed tailgate plan has already been started on and we can’t wait!
And can we talk about this insanely fun gaggle of women from my friend, June’s, 50 Shades of Menopause ladies group?! Even by their title, you can tell they know how to have a good time!
Me: Coral Lace Shift Dress | Michael Kors – Rainboots | Target (old)
Derby Hat | TJMaxx, embellished with florals from Michael’s, French Netting from Etsy (I’ve had in my craft stash for years) and Ribbon & Feathers from Hobby Lobby
Bourbon Balls | I used Chris’ delicious recipe- you can find it on her blog Celebrations At Home
Red Rose Sugar Cookies | How-To see below…
Run For The Roses Sugar Cookies
I came across this brilliant idea by Sweet Dough forever ago via Hostess With The Mostess– they were used in a beyond-adorable Beauty & The Beast themed party!
Since I was running way last minute, I had no time to order proper cookies, so I resorted to re-creating them myself using store bought Sugar Cookie dough (gasp! I know). I simply baked according to the package and let them cool completely before decorating. To further my ‘super simple, last minute’ attempts, I grabbed a tub of white decorator’s icing from my local Target Bakery (truly yummy!), some Red Gel Coloring and premade Royal Icing leaves by Wilton from Hobby Lobby. After tinting my icing and bumping up the flavor with some (Derby inspired) Pecan Praline emulsion, I used my #59 Petal tip and piped out THE-most-basic circle of icing- which, surprisingly (for the shear lack of effort), turned out looking a lot like an actual rose! Plop on a leaf and, VOILA!
No cookie cutters, fancy decorating tools or time consuming efforts! My kind of cookie!
Bring on the Derby!