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



Queen’s Cup 2015

While the weather didn’t hold out for this year’s Queen’s Cup, the celebration carried on in true Steeplechase fashion!

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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!

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The Details

Me: Coral Lace Shift Dress | Michael Kors – Rainboots | Target (old)

Him: Slacks & Shirt | custom by Calvin McAlister – Shoes | McGregor in Chili by Allen Edmonds – Sport Coat | Fitzgerald by Brooks Brothers

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

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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!