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July 2, 2009 / April T.

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. 

 We weren’t sure if people would really get into the betting and the races….but they really did.

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)


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  1. Jessica / Jul 2 2009 7:33 pm

    Fantastic! It looks absolutely fantastic. =D

  2. Lauren / Jul 5 2009 6:06 pm

    Looks super cute. I love the theme.

  3. katie / Jul 6 2009 10:16 pm

    i have a hug ky derby party every year and its my favorite day of the year but i never thought to do a bridal shower with that looks like it turned out perfect!!!!

  4. birthday girl / Jul 10 2009 4:11 am

    i am so impressed with this party! love it!

  5. cecilia / Sep 25 2009 12:14 am

    love it. love it. love it

  6. Jess @ The Finer Things / Oct 16 2009 7:33 pm

    Adorable! What a wonderful party idea!

  7. raffaela / Sep 21 2012 2:18 pm

    This looks amazing. Where was it?

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