Off to the Races Derby Party

In Collaboration with Spoonflower

 

Styled by Cherry Blossom Events

Hours Saved

Invitation from Off to the Races Derby Party Styled by Cherry Blossom Events | Black Twine
Best of Luck Horseshoes Favors from Off to the Races Derby Party Styled by Cherry Blossom Events | Black Twine
Roses Flowers from Off to the Races Derby Party Styled by Cherry Blossom Events | Black Twine
Mint Julep Handkerchief from Off to the Races Derby Party Styled by Cherry Blossom Events | Black Twine
Guests and Hats from Off to the Races Derby Party Styled by Cherry Blossom Events | Black Twine
Mint Julep Bar from Off to the Races Derby Party Styled by Cherry Blossom Events | Black Twine
Mint Julep and Dress from Off to the Races Derby Party Styled by Cherry Blossom Events | Black Twine
Party Table Set-Up from Off to the Races Derby Party Styled by Cherry Blossom Events | Black Twine
Tablecloth and Flowers from Off to the Races Derby Party Styled by Cherry Blossom Events | Black Twine
Food Table and Rose Chandelier from Off to the Races Derby Party Styled by Cherry Blossom Events | Black Twine
Food Plate from Off to the Races Derby Party Styled by Cherry Blossom Events | Black Twine
How to Host an Off to the Races Derby Party Styled by Cherry Blossom Events | Black Twine

Photography by Maison Meredith Photography

Party checklist

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Purchase

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Prep

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Assemble

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DECOR ITEMS MADE WITH CUSTOM-PRINTED FABRICS FROM SPOONFLOWER

Congratulations to the winner of Spoonflower x Black Twine’s Off to the Races Design Challenge, “Run for the Roses” by Sarah Treu!

Other Party Decor

Additional Tip

We recommend investing in serving ware and cake stands, which you can use over & over for all your entertaining. You can find great deals at Pier 1 Imports, Cost Plus World Market, Target, and HomeGoods.

Prep

Prepare perfect party decor.

DIY Bunting Garland

Materials

Directions

  1. Cut 20 pieces of the seersucker patterned wrapping paper in 6” x 12” sheets.
  2. Creating ¾” folds – fold the paper back and forth along the 12” side. Ensure you start with the pattern side up and finish with the pattern side back.
  3. Fold the piece in half and staple it on center with the staple running perpendicular to the piece. Secure the 2 half sides together to make the ½ circle bunting shape. Glue dots work well for this.
  4. Continue to make the bunting pieces to create the garland size needed for your display.
  5. Using a hot glue gun, glue a piece or 1/8” white ribbon in between the folds on the back side to create the garland.  Allow 6” of space between each garland piece.

Note: 1 roll of wrapping paper created the garland shown in the images.

Rose Drink Stirrers

Materials

  • Wooden skewers
  • Scissors
  • Red & pink spray roses

Directions

  1. Trim the wood skewers to a height that matches the mint julep cups.
  2. Trim some red & pink spray roses, just leaving the bloom.
  3. Press 1 rose down into each wood skewer.

 

Assemble

Pull it all together in just a few easy steps.

Timeline

 

3 Weeks Prior

Send invitations to your guests

Place floral order (optional)

Order the acrylic horseshoe party favors

Secure rental of any tables or chairs needed for your celebration. We paired white Chiavarri chairs with a custom derby themed fabric print from Spoonflower

Order linens and napkins – we loved the mix of the “Run for the Roses” and a classic blue and white seersucker from Spoonflower and Roostery

 

2 Weeks Prior

Do an inventory of serving ware that you own and purchase anything you might still need, such as mint julep cups and a mix of silver, gold, and white platters

 

1 Week Prior

Make DIY garland bunting for mint julep bar backdrop (see Prep Section)

 

2 Days Prior

Shop for grocery items

 

1 Day Prior

Lay out the serving dishes on the appetizer table to map out where the food items will be placed the day of the party

Set out the dishes, glasses, flatware, platters and linens that will be used to set the table

 

Day Of

Pick up the florals

Make DIY rose drink stirrers (see Prep Section)

Prep appetizers and keep chilled / warm until guests arrive

Set the food table and table(s) where guests will sit

Set out items for the mint julep bar for guests to serve themselves

Set out the food and desserts about 30 minutes before the guests arrive!

Estimated Budget

10 People

Decor: $300 – $600

Food: $100 – $200

Beverage: $100 – $150

TOTAL: $500 – 950

Styling tips

Cherry Blossom Events shares its top tips for pulling off this event.

Tip 1

We served the guests ONEHOPE Sparkling Brut and Mint Juleps made with Backroom Bourbon.

Tip 2

Suggested menu items: mini Kentucky Hot Browns, prosciutto wrapped asparagus, chive deviled eggs, jumbo shrimp cocktail, tomato & caprese skewers, and bourbon balls.

Tip 3

For the floral arrangements, we included roses, ranunculus, mint, and organic greenery, and put them in mint julep cup vases.

Tip 4

For favors, we gave each guest a custom acrylic horseshoe that had “off to the races” engraved on them. We purchased a poster size piece of wood and stained it in a blue/grey shade and then added brass hooks to hold the custom acrylic horseshoe favors. Then we added a touch of Spoonflower fabric to each horseshoe for a fun touch.

Vendor Credits

Planning, Design & Styling: Cherry Blossom Events | Creative Partner: Black Twine

Custom-printed fabric and gift wrap: Spoonflower | Custom Bow Ties & Dresses: Sprout Patterns | Custom Linens: Roostery

Photography: Maison Meredith Photography | Venue: Olin Park Pavillion

Vintage Rentals: A La Crate Vintage Rentals | White bar & harvest table: A La Made Goods 

Rentals: Arenas America | Florals: Daffodil Parker | Caterer: Johnny Delmonicos of Food Fight Restaurant Group

Stationery & Calligraphy: Saffron Avenue  | Acrylic Horseshoe Favors: California Lustre

Sparkling Brut: ONEHOPE | Bourbon: Backroom Bourbon

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Questions or can’t find an item? We can help! Email us at info@blacktwine.co

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