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The Kentucky Derby.  What I see as the Oscar's in the equestrian world.

Growing up, I have always loved fancy hats and horses; which makes the Kentucky Derby a real life dream come true for me.  But, since I haven't yet had the chance to knock this yearly event off my bucket list, I thought I would get myself one step closer to it by hosting my own Kentucky Derby party for children.

Like me, my kids love hats, horses, and having a good time.  So, I wanted this Kentucky Derby party to be all about these three elements.  With the added bonus of some delicious southern themed food.  And again, since this party was all about the kids, I kept things pretty simplified.  Providing a venue space, food, and activities that would keep all the little party guests, happy, entertained, and tantrum free!  But, just because I kept things on the simple side, it doesn't mean that this Kentucky Derby party wasn't full to the brim with party goodness.  So, I will be doing another post filled with tutorials on some of my favorite parts about this party.  For now, we'll just stick with the main overview.  Haha!

A Fantastic Kentucky Derby Party For Children by lifestyle blogger Michelle of Mumsy 

Wanting my guests to know exactly what kind of party they would be attending, I had my girl, Natashia, design these oh so cute watercolor party invites.

A Fantastic Kentucky Derby Party For Children by lifestyle blogger Michelle of Mumsy



A Fantastic Kentucky Derby Party For Children by lifestyle blogger Michelle of Mumsy

Then, for my party decor, I wanted bright colors, fun patterns, flowers, and, of course, horses.  So I headed to Pebbles in my Pocket for their one-of-a-kind paper selections, that I converted into my silhouette horse pennant banner, and their darling party goods that added the perfect special touch to my Kentucky Derby party.  Along with all of that, I found some vintage Kentucky Derby pictures that I displayed in picture frames, and then went to my go-to florist, Foxglove, for yet another stunning bouquet.  Because, let's be honest, a Kentucky Derby themed party without fresh flowers is just another party.

A Fantastic Kentucky Derby Party For Children by lifestyle blogger Michelle of Mumsy





A Fantastic Kentucky Derby Party For Children by lifestyle blogger Michelle of Mumsy
As I stated before, I really wanted this party to have a southern feel; and I knew one of the best ways to do that was through the food.  So, our Kentucky Derby party spread consisted of honeyed ham biscuit sandwiches, fruit kabobs, kid-friendly Mint Juleps, A N D insanely delicious maple butter pecan cupcakes that the amazing Amanda of Sprinkle and Dash concocted.  

Though I'd like to think that the taste quality of my food contributions were at least equal to these cupcakes, I'd be lying if I didn't say they were the most talked about menu item.  Seriously.  These cupcakes were so good that it caused everyone, including myself, to go back for seconds and thirds! 

Last, are the activities.  And I bet you can already guess what they are!  Ha!

A Fantastic Kentucky Derby Party For Children by lifestyle blogger Michelle of Mumsy

A Fantastic Kentucky Derby Party For Children by lifestyle blogger Michelle of Mumsy

A Fantastic Kentucky Derby Party For Children by lifestyle blogger Michelle of Mumsy



A Fantastic Kentucky Derby Party For Children by lifestyle blogger Michelle of Mumsy



Once everyone had finished eating, we moved everyone over to the craft table to make, yep...you guessed it, hats.  Originally, I was just going to have the kids make and design good ol' paper plate hats.  But I felt like I had done that one too many times.  So, I contacted my talented friend Amy Robison to oversee this realm of the party because this girl could run circles around me when it comes to anything arts and crafts! 

A Fantastic Kentucky Derby Party For Children by lifestyle blogger Michelle of Mumsy

A Fantastic Kentucky Derby Party For Children by lifestyle blogger Michelle of Mumsy

A Fantastic Kentucky Derby Party For Children by lifestyle blogger Michelle of Mumsy

A Fantastic Kentucky Derby Party For Children by lifestyle blogger Michelle of Mumsy


Next, was the horse race itself.  Using stick horses that I fashioned out of wooden dowels and card stock paper, the kids participated in two official and countless unofficial races that had them good and tired when it was finally time to go home.

A Fantastic Kentucky Derby Party For Children by lifestyle blogger Michelle of Mumsy

A Fantastic Kentucky Derby Party For Children by lifestyle blogger Michelle of Mumsy


Last, but not least, are the Kentucky Derby party favors.  Pulling my inspiration from the trophies the winning jockeys acquire, I made these cute little horse trophies that I placed in a bag full of jelly beans, because what kid doesn't love jelly beans?!, and sent them home with each our party guests.

And there you have it!  

A Fantastic Kentucky Derby Party For Children by lifestyle blogger Michelle of Mumsy



A Fantastic Kentucky Derby Party For Children by lifestyle blogger Michelle of Mumsy


Even though I kept this Kentucky Derby party more on the simple side,  it was so full to the brim with party goodness that I couldn't share all of the details in this post.  So, I will be doing another post filled with tutorials on some of my most favorite parts about this party.  And I simply can't wait! 

Party Hard and Stay Classy Loves!


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  2. Oh wow, this kid’s garden party was full of joy and fun. I loved everything about this party. Those handmade flowers are looking stunning. You really did a great job! Well, I am also going to book most popular kid’s venues San Francisco for my son’s 6th birthday party. I hope our party will also be enjoyable!

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