Wednesday, March 11, 2015

kentucky derby theme baby shower

A Kentucky Derby themed baby shower!

Last weekend, our older sister and I put together a themed baby shower for our sister-in-law, in anticipation of our niece's arrival (born just this past Monday!). Our oldest sister is the most capable DIY event planner we know. While she took care of most of the decor, I was in charge of picking out the flowers and making the signature cocktail. Our theme revolved around the Kentucky Derby, the famous horse race held annually in Kentucky. 

This was a really fun theme to execute, pretty easy as there are a lot of details that can be incorporated into the decor. The weather that day surprisingly cooperated and the sun decided to grace us with her presence. We went with orange and pink for pop colors, grounded with stripes and burlap. Inside, the dessert table looked pretty holding cheese rolls, lemon bars and cake pops. Mason jars were used for serving the classic Kentucky Derby cocktail, mint julep. It also served a dual purpose as a gift for all the guests to take home.

In keeping with the derby theme, my sister made customized betting slips for guests to fill out. Date of arrival, time of arrival, weight and height were among the things guests had to take a guess on. We also had a diaper raffle and some baby shower games in which the guests won some awesome ribbons/ prizes.

The best part of the Kentucky Derby is the fashion, which usually revolves around an extravagant headpiece. Guests were asked to come in full Derby attire, complete with floppy hat. I found a lovely purple fascinator on and based my dress off that.

For the finale, we held a little runway fashion show in which I chose the top 3 "Best in Show" (best dressed guests who conveyed the derby spirit). The first place ribbon then went to the lady that garnered the most applause from the audience. This proved to be a fun way to get all the ladies interacting. 1st and 2nd place winners received a fabulous gift to take home.

It was a stylish, fun-filled day celebrating mommy & baby with family and friends!

Fascinator:  |  Dress:

Wallet / Necklace: BCBG