When it came time to help one of my favorite Houston clients plan her son’s first birthday party, we tossed around quite a few classic boy themes. After much deliberation, a “Dapper Derby” theme was born and guests were invited to “Derby Day at the Addison Downs”.
With a crisp color palette of blue, yellow and green, it was a perfect theme where we could combine “dapper” elements from a little man theme (bow ties and haberdashery stripes), #1 prize ribbons from a horse race theme, and southern traditions such as mint juleps and trophy cups from the classic Kentucky Derby. I’m sharing the gorgeous images from Ellenzilla Photography with you all week long to 1) share this amazing party with you, but also B) to inspire you with ideas for your very own Derby party.
This party contains the perfect combination of southern charm and playful, preppy decor, appealing to both the adults and children in attendance. And I believe there are tons of inspiring ideas that you could use to host your own Derby party to celebrate the race on May 3-4th. WH Hostess designed all of the coordinating paper goods, fabric and Cake Plate Clings, giving the party a cohesive look.
Upon arriving at the party, guests were greeted with a balloon-lined path. The balloons were custom-printed with our horse silhouette, and a coordinating welcome sign hung at the front door. A luscious arrangement of yellow and white blooms stood grandly in the foyer, arranged in a white “trophy cup” urn. The floral arrangement was surrounded by photos of Cameron’s first year. Blue, yellow and green poms hung off the chandelier above.
Guests made their way into the great room, where tables were set up with white Chivari chairs, layered green and yellow tablecloths, and gorgeous flower arrangements in silver trophy cups. View a detail of the centerpieces here. The kids table had so many darling details, I’m saving them for their own post later today….so check back around lunchtime!
These decorations were repeated in the outdoor living room, along with the addition of throw pillows made from our custom pony lattice and haberdashery stripe fabrics. A “trough” of wheat grass sat on the coffee table, along with mini toy horses that we spray-painted in our pop colors of yellow, blue and green.
The kids were entertained with pony rides, a bounce house and an old-fashioned horse race. (more details on that later this afternoon!) And one of my favorite decor details of this party was the custom-printed balloons featuring my horse silhouette.
Paper Goods & Fabric by WH Hostess | Photography by Ellenzilla Photography | Flowers by Blooming Gallery | Tables & Linens by A Fare Extraordinaire | Balloons by Balloon Masters | White and Silver Trophy Cup Urns from ZGallerie