A couple of weeks ago I had the honor of throwing a bridal shower for my best friend, Angela, with the help of three wonderful women Amy, Heather and my mom June. I feel like the four of us brought our strengths into the planning and were able to create a fun-filled brunch for everyone. We chose the Kentucky Derby as our theme and guests arrived in their big hats ready for a good time.
For months we scoured Pinterest for ideas and ended up combining a few different things to complete the look. The invitations were from the etsy shop “pok-a-dot.” The original design had roses in the bottom right corner but we decided to add the Mint Julep cup instead to get in the spirit of the party. Pok-a-dot designed the invitations, made the requested changes at no additional charge, printed the invitations and designed the favor tags. We were all very happy with her work and especially happy once our bride received her invitation and was surprised by the theme. Angela had mentioned throughout the years that she thought a derby theme would be fun for a baby shower. We knew she loved the idea of big hats and the derby style so we planned her brunch to be just that theme.
We held the shower in my mom’s backyard, which is in the country and boasts a beautiful country garden full of roses. My mom used some of her roses and also purchased roses from Neve Bros (Petaluma, CA) to make the floral arrangements. I am very lucky to have a creative mama to help with the details! We kept with the derby theme by using roses much like the derby uses flowers in the Winner’s Circle.
The brunch consisted of a vegetarian frittata and ham and cheese frittata prepared by my mom and I made a simple potato hash brown casserole. Angela’s mom and sister Amy brought a fruit salad, Caesar salad and delicious pastries from Della Fattoria, Petaluma Ca. Heather was on it with the drinks and supply was definitely not a problem with Heather being in charge. We had a mint julep station, champagne, wine (red, white and rose), specialty sodas, ice tea and cucumber filled water. Heather also provided the amazing desserts. We had an array of derby themed cupcakes, cookies and an oversized cookie that matched the invitation all prepared by Cotati Sugar Mamas, Cotati CA. The detail and precision was amazing and the taste was delicious! I do believe everyone was happy with the food and drink choices.
For décor we ordered many things online and at Michael’s Crafts. Amy found beautiful table settings on pinterest and we used that idea to build upon for the derby theme. We put three tables together and used pink tablecloths and striped table runners that were purchased online. Heather rented (Encore Rentals, Petaluma CA) the white chairs and added on the pewter plate chargers on a whim. The chargers really finished the look! Amy suggested we use mint scrubs as a party favor, so I made a batch using coconut oil, sugar and Young Living Spearmint and Lavender oils put them in mason jars and decorated them with ribbon and tags. We thought they looked cute paired with the pony-sized horseshoes purchased on Amazon. Once the main table was complete we worked on the beverage/ game table and present area.
Heather really found some fun stuff throughout the planning of the shower. While she was online she found grass table runners. We used a pink tablecloth and placed the grass runner over the top for the beverage/ game area. We had a mint julep area and wine area. We set up one end of the table with the three games we played: Put A Ring On It, Date Night Suggestions and Who knows the bride and groom best. We definitely got a few laughs from the games, but didn’t want to overdo it in that area. The game prizes were bottles of 14 Hands Wine complete with Winner’s Circle tags.
The present table was simply decorated with a striped runner, the oversized cookie, which matched the shower invitation and a flower arrangement in a silver vase that had a W for the groom’s last name.
The weather was beautiful, the big hats were a hit until we wanted to hug someone and lots of food and drinks were consumed. The bride was showered with presents, family, friends and most importantly the love of everyone.