I love a themed party, so when a friend of mine told me that no one had planned a shower for her yet, I jumped on board! The timing worked out perfectly to have her shower on Derby Day, which is always the first Saturday in May. She is southern at heart, so having a southern themed shower complete with big hats and sundresses definitely fit her style!
Having thrown a Derby party before, I had some pieces collected already for the theme but I couldn’t resist picking up a couple more things at some antique stores when I was home in Virginia a couple weeks prior. The vintage horse show ribbon, Kentucky horse show glasses, and petina horse mug were exciting finds for me. I wasn’t sure if I was going to do the traditional red roses (“Run for the Roses”) for my centerpiece, but finding the red ribbon helped make that decision easy. Since my friend is having a boy, adding blue elements to the decor was also a must.
My contribution to the buffet included Benedictine Tea Sandwiches, Kentucky Hot Brown Quiche and Bourbon Caramel Cookies. The sandwiches could not have been easier to make, and the quiche turned out perfectly. I’m no baker, so I was on the hunt for a pre-made themed dessert item (pecan pies are ONLY out at Thanksgiving y’all!), but Whole Foods delivered when I spotted bourbon cookies in their bakery. Since the shower was in the morning, the addition of the breakfast sweets and fruit brought over by others completed the spread. And what’s a Kentucky Derby party without mint juleps? Well, since it was a baby shower and half of my guests were either pregnant or nursing, I went with a non-alcoholic Lemonade Julep! It was so simple and refreshing.
It turned out to be a lovely morning of celebration, yummy treats and a beautiful time of prayer over the boy mama to be.