A Day At The Races Inspired Bridal Shower

Kentucky derby bridal shower

Do you love watching the derby races? If so, this Kentucky Derby bridal shower in Southern New Jersey is right up your alley. When it comes to the derby there are always four things in abundance: horses, food, crazy hats, and friendship.

Horseshoes pop up everywhere from the bride’s nails to the top of the cake. The brunch menu is  nostalgic of classic derby fare, topped of course with derby pies and mint julep cocktails. Derby attire was mandatory and brought smiles to all. View the full gallery here, photographed so wonderfully by Bri Morse Imagery, to get your fill of a day at the races inspired bridal shower.

moss covered letters and horseshoes

greenery arrangement

drink station

The color palette of the day suggests fresh mint grass, saffron yellow, and flannel grey. It set the tone for this bridal shower on a gorgeous Sunday spring afternoon. Horseshoe wreaths covered in moss adorned the entrance. Derby hat attire a must. It was the final detail that made this soiree even more fun to attend.

vintage furnishings

vintage frames to decorate mantel

opening gifts

derby inspired attire

serve mint juleps

Create this drink from the official Kentucky Derby Recipe.

2 cups of Water
2 cups of Sugar
Ample fresh Mint sprigs
Crushed Ice

1. Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes.
2. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight.
3. Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces of Early Times Kentucky Whisky. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup.
4. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

mint julep cocktail

mint julep

Beautifully dressed tables greeted guests both on the outdoor patio, and inside dining room. Oversized, modern grey and yellow floral tablecloths and grey napkins embellished with fresh mint sprigs were set. Yellow tulips, buttery garden roses, green and white hydrangea, white stock, and baby’s breath were arranged in vintage inspired trophies.

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homemade pies as favors

Kentucky Derby inspired bridal shower

use mint sprigs as centerpiece

what to serve

derby inspired brunch

vegetarian options for your bridal shower menu

beautiful green vintage glassware

A Kentucky Derby Soiree was hosted at a private residence in the quaint village of Mauricetown, New Jersey, which is located along the Maurice River. The village is an old fisherman’s wharf of historic Victorian homes. True to Southern Fare, a delicious menu of Baked Country Ham, Barbecued Pulled Pork Sliders, Mini Tea Sandwiches and the famous traditional Derby “Hot Brown Sandwich” with a twist, served bite size and opened faced.

Classic sides of Potato Salad, coleslaw and cucumber salad finished the plate. Sliced Watermelon dressed with Feta and a Honey Drizzle was also plated, just to name a few. Classic Mint Juleps were poured in sweet mason jars (the bourbon, mint, and sugar concoctions) were the featured drink, along with a bar of Mimosas, Bloody Marys, and Sweet Orange Tea.

mint fingernails with horseshoes

derby trophies used for dessert stands

sweet treats for your soiree

The cake design was a play off the invitation. A three tier vanilla cake with an orange infused icing, took center stage to assorted mini pastries, kiwi & raspberries soaked in champagne and a collection of chocolate covered strawberries. Old fashion Mini Derby Pies politely boxed were the take home favor for the guests (of course).

derby inspired cake

derby pies

Coordinator & Event Stylist: Primrose and Company

Photography: Bri Morse Imagery
Flowers & Prop/Furniture Rentals: Primrose and Company
Stationery: Primrose and Company collaborated with Just Be. Studio
Cake: Cake Doodles
Caterer: Cj's Corner Grill
Favors & Desserts: Wards Pastry

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