A Day at the Races
When my sister said she wanted a Kentucky Derby themed bridal shower, it seemed obvious that we would have it at a race course.
We originally wanted to do something in the traditional red like this from Inspired Goodness, maybe featuring the red roses associated with the Derby. Instead we ended up going with something more fun, playful, and entirely girly, just like the bride-to-be.
I love how she matches the party, and I can’t get over how perfect the lucky horseshoe necklace turned out. We kept with the derby theme with these derby/horse award inspired medallions on each of the place settings made by a local vendor, the Hair Wrangler. That gorgeous pink striped grosgrain is removable, so that the medallions can be used as a pin or bow.
Since we were already over-budget, we decided to tackle the flowers on our own. We special ordered a few bright pink peonies to make sure they would match the color scheme, along with some lisianthus as filler. We got the rest of the spray roses, peonies, and china mums from Trader Joe’s at a very low cost. We only made arrangements for half of the tables, and alternated every other table with bud vases and horseshoes to tie in the theme.
Since the ladies had dressed up, we wanted to feature all their lovely hats. So we had people vote on a few categories such as favorite hat and most outrageous hat, this gave family and friends a nice opportunity to mingle.
After the “showery” part of the bridal shower, the guys joined us to watch the races. The race track had someone to come and explain how to bet, and he gave us his picks for all the races. They named one of the races in honour of the bride which was in the program and announced it over the speakers. She also got to take a picture with the winner of the race.
I loved having the bridal shower at an alternative place, it really was a fun experience, especially since none of us had ever been to a race track before.
continue for hat photos
(most outrageous hat)
(my grammy won best hat)
(bride and bridesmaids)