Derby Garden Party

I’m thrilled to finally be able to post about the over-the-top shoot I was invited to participate in by my dear friend, Sarah Knepp of Sarah Sofia Productions!





Who wouldn’t have a fabulous time partying in these gorgeous hats provided by Dee’s– straight from Louisville, of course!



And how about this ah-mazing new friend I made!  I was dead set on bringing this sweet girl, Sybil, home with me after hanging out with her all afternoon.

(The hubs quickly vetoed my idea)




But what I did manage to sneak into the house were a few of these too-good-to-eat decorated cookies from Edible Art Cake Shop – right here in the QC!




Head over to Sarah Sofia Productions to check out the rest of our amazing shoot with the talented Miss Andi Perullo!



Venue & Horses: Breezy Meadows Farm

Photography: Andi Perullo de Ledesma Photography

Planning, Coordination, Design, Peach Mint Julep, Décor DIY, FoodSarah Sofia Productions

Hand Painted Invitation & Betting Cards: Paperie Off Park

Tables, Linens, Chairs, & Silver Platters: Classic Party Rentals 

Dresses:  LaRoque

Mini Desserts: Edible Art Cake Shop

Macarons: Treehouse Macarons

Flowers: The Flower Diva

Hats: Dee’s Designer Hat’s & Fascinators

Curated Art: Christenberry Collection (Meredith Christenberry)

Personalized Cheers Y’all Mason Jars: Shutterfly

Personalized cocktail napkins: Tiny Prints

Petite Blossom Cups – Springtime & Gold Mini Square Trays: Via Blossom

Printables: Hostess With The Mostess

Models: Jaime Spencer – A Well Dressed Life , Kristen Shaeffer –Every Chic Way, Elise Houston – Her Heart and Home and Dominique DeLaney – Comfy Cozy Couture

Pink and gold plates & pastel vintage glasses: Anthropologie

White dinner plates & white horse head statue: HomeGoods

Wooden crates, Picture Frames & Pink Glass Cake Stand: Michaels

Limited Edition Derby Bow Tie: Vineyard Vines

Gold Horse & Jockey Figure, Plastic Horse Figures, & Mini Plastic Horse and Jockey Figures: Amazon

Mini Cake Stands, Straws & Oh Joy Spring Collection Plate: Target



Print Fancy Envelopes in a Snap!

When you mail as many announcements, invitations and mass holiday greeting cards as I do, you start to dread the inevitable black hole that is envelope addressing (my hands hurt just thinking about it!).


Since I’m a die hard lover of calligraphy and lettering art, I just swoon over the amazing work I see all over IG and Esty and vow to have my next set of mailings look just as fab.  Except… ADD.  I just can’t ever bring myself to finish the damn task.  I’ll get 4 or 5 envelopes in and then BAM!, either my hand cramps up, I spill my ink or I just plain lose interest- often all of the above.  So, over the last few envelope addressing prison sentences projects I’ve had pop up, I’ve developed my own easy way of creating hand-lettered-inspired envelopes without ever picking up a quill!

NOTE- This was created in Microsoft Publisher!  
Unfortunately, I do not have it in any other format to share at this time.

Now, I’m sure there are 1,000 ways of creating an envelope template, but this is how I find it to be the simplest so I thought I’d share with ya’ll.

First, start off by creating your address list in an Excel spreadsheet, making sure to separate the info (name, address 1, city, etc) into individual columns for merging later.


Then, open my Microsoft Publisher file Fancy Printed Envelopes Template.  All of the formatting has been done for you, but feel free to change the font, etc to your liking.  Follow the basic Mail Merge process to add your recipients information (in place of mine) and you’re ready to print!


And last, but not least- Make sure to check out my ‘scotch tape envelope trick’ on Instagram to ensure your envelopes print out straight (and avoid the flap getting caught in the feeder)!  There’s nothing worse than blowing through several envelopes before getting the formatting right- just because your printer is PMS’ing!

You’re welcome 🙂