May 05, 2011

Derby Guest Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids, Recipes

I always get excited when the Kentucky Derby is around the corner.  The hats, the fancy suits, the southern hospitality and traditions.  It is all very exciting. My husband is in Kentucky a lot and I had the pleasure of attending my first Kentucky Derby with him {with fun hats and all} in 2004.  I was pregnant as ever with my first son, but I was determined to get on my fancy suit and hat.  While everyone else was drinking mint juleps {with Kentucky bourbon}, I was snacking on the famous Derby Pie from Kern’s Kitchen, which by the way, is out of this world.  If you are getting inspired to do some Derby entertaining, you should check them out, and try out these fun Kentucky Derby hat cookies and this mint julep recipe.

In the meantime, my team noticed this cute horse submission in our inbox from Kirsten and Di of A Little Polkadot, and with Derby fever in the air, we were inspired to post it.  You may remember seeing Kirsten’s carnival themed table that we featured here.   Kirsten and Di created this table for a little girl who loved horses.  They decided on a farm animals theme.  Kirsten baked a lot of homemade goodies herself, including hand painted chocolate horse pops, mini apple high pies, toffee apples and those incredibly cute animal cupcakes.  Kirsten employed the help of her husband to create a “farm display” on the table with a handmade post/rail fencing and faux grass.  He also made a “hydrangea tree” in the middle of the farm display with fresh hydrangeas and a paperbark covered vase. Great job, ladies.

PS – Since today is Cinco de Mayo, click here for some Cinco de Mayo ideas.

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  • Just exquisite! Beautiful work from Kirsten & Di!
    Love the red floral cupcake liners and all the lolly jar labels. I would love to where you get these printed.
    Such talented ladies!

  • Those cupcakes are the cutest!!!!

  • I don’t know if it’s a regional difference but I really like the Kentucky Derby parties with the mint juleps and big hats… but you never see them here in Nebraska! Thank you for my Derby party fix! Those suckers are FAB-u-LOUS.

  • How precious! My daughter has a pony and would love the suckers!

  • [email protected] little parties

    Amy, being from Kentucky I promise you didn’t miss out by taking part of the mint juleps 🙂 I know they are tradition but they taste like spiked mouthwash to me…..

  • Melissa

    Those cupcakes are ridiculous. I have been to the Derby once and it is definitely an experience!

  • Nikki

    Love it…does any one know where to find the little drink bottles (milk)? I have looked everywhere for something that size?

  • I don’t know about you, but I have nightmares about waking up with those horse-head pops in my bed.

    Beautiful table, though!

  • Debbie

    Having been to the Derby several times, it is a fabulous time!

  • Thanks so much for the feature Amy, we are thrilled. I am yet to try a Mint Julep, however I know all about them as I went to great lengths a few years ago to obtain some silver Mint Julep Cups from the U.S. for my floral styling work – I now have 20 of them and absolutely love them! Not a fan of Bourbon though – so I don’t think they will ever be used to drink out of!!! Thanks to everyone too, for your lovely comments! Kirsten x

  • I love the paper products and color combos!

  • LOVE this design. Must be some posh kiddies! 🙂

  • This is so cute. I have just attempted my first designed Mario Kart Party for my 7 year old, and its nothing on this. Would love some advice and tips from the best. Photos on my blog. Please, I would love your feedback.

  • Look fantastic and tasty

  • Nossa amei seu trabalho…Parabéns!!!!!!!!!!
    Tenho um buffet infantil ,e amo entrar nos blogs de decorações,vc é perfeita…bjs

  • Claudia de Hoyos

    Love this! So unique for kids who love horses like my 5 year old daughter! Thank you for creative ideas.