derby recap

I hope that your Derby Day was fantastic!  My family loves to celebrate the Derby—with beautiful hats, good food, silly wagers and laid-back fun.  In fact, we are such fans of the days festivities that our family dog is named KY Derby (she goes by Derby, for short).

We managed to snap a couple of photos to commemorate the fun this year, including one with my son and I posing with the Derby stick pony he made.  I was excited for an excuse to wear my new Lilly for Target dress.  (Really—I’m obsessed with these Lilly prints!)  My oversized Lands End tote was full of wine and bourbon as we headed out the door to our party.

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Before the race, we enjoyed sipping mint juleps and we followed the face festivities with a homey, “Kentucky dinner” of ham, fruit salad with honey yogurt sauce, hashbrown casserole, asparagus, and corn pudding.  We topped it all off with a delicious Eton Mess parfait for dessert.  Yum!

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It was fun to kick-back and enjoy our family’s company and our delicious feast.  While its fun to be at the excitement of the track, in my book, you can’t beat the peaceful atmosphere of a party at home.

How did you spend your Derby?

katherine Greene

ladies who brunch

I’ve shared before that one of my favorite ways to entertain is at brunch.  The time of day allows for a leisurely morning (no one needs to be up at 5 am prepping) and you have the rest of the day to enjoy when your guests head home by 2 pm.  A couple of weekends ago, us bluegrass gals decided to get together with our husbands and kiddos for brunch.  While both Diana and I love to cook, we wanted the day to be easy on both sides (we each have one boy: age three and nearly one).  We wanted to spend more time  enjoying our day than working in the kitchen.

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 While there are many no-cook brunch items, this is my favorite:

  • Fruit and yogurt parfaits (this time I used raspberries and Udi’s gluten free original granola and included a bowl of extra raspberries on the table)
  • Good, store-bought muffins (I like the Udi’s blueberry ones—they are gluten free and can be defrosted overnight)
  • Butter and jam that can be added to the muffins
  • Ruby red grapefruits cut in half (one half per person)
  • Coffee, tea and orange juice

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This was so good and so easy.  Don’t overcomplicate having company!  I set the table the night before and was ready to go mid-morning when my guests arrived.

What are your favorite brunch items?

katherine Greene

special delivery from the stork

Those who know me well, know that I love to plan a party.  Since I had my son three and a half years ago, I have particularly enjoyed throwing baby showers for sweet little boys.  I’m on a campaign that things for boys can be just as adorable (or more so) than for girls!  (Actually, Diana and I both have two sweet little guys that are simply precious.)

For this baby boy shower, my co-host and I wanted something elegant and quintessentially Lexington.  Here is what we came up with:

 

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I love Jonathan at Gratz Park and the lovely Gratz Park Inn.  If you are in the bluegrass area, I highly recommend them!  The hotel is historic and lovely and Jonathan’s food could not be more delicious (and gluten-friendly)!  Since we were hosting out-of-town guests, we felt that it would be a great taste of Lexington.  We had their Sunday brunch.  I love to entertain at this time of day because both you and your guests have the rest of the afternoon and evening to enjoy!

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When your married name is Stork, your baby shower has to be a stork theme!  The sweet invite with the stork silhouette helped to set the tone for this upscale and sweet event.

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The talented folks of Nature’s Splendor helped us to create an adorable stork centerpiece, which greeted guests as they arrived.  This same look could be an easy DIY project using this method.

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I absolutely believe that a take-awayand place cards are a must!  Knowing where you are sitting will put your guests at ease.

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These cute burlap bags were filled with Crabtree & Evelyn lavender soap.  They smelled divine and added whimsy to the table.

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Jonathan’s truly was a lovely setting, which required very little extra decorating.

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Perhaps my favorite detail was the baby’s family tree, with beautiful calligraphy by Lindsay of Shrimp Salad Circus.  Since it was a family shower, each guest stamped their thumbprint on the tree, which the mom-to-be was able to take home as framable nursery art.  J’adorable!

It was a lovely afternoon and we hope that the mom-to-be had as much fun that day, as we did planning the party.

What are your favorite shower themes or ideas?

katherine Greene

 

 

 

All images by KGreeneOwens

derby favorites

With the Run for the Roses just around the corner, here are some of our favorites for celebrating the most exciting two minutes in sports:

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  • Intimidated by the mint julep?  Don’t be!  Here is a no-fail recipe to ensure the perfect race day cocktail.
  • These lovely (and affordable) centerpieces look lovely in a julep cup.
  • Men’s dressing tips to look dapper and dashing
  • Women’s dressing inspirations in floral and with flair
  • These tips from the Kentucky Gentleman are sure to have you prepared.

What are your Derby Day traditions?

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baby boy showers can be beautiful, too

Since having my son three years ago, I’ve been on a crusade—everything for little boys can be beautiful!

These are some images for a shower that I hosted this past September.  It was every bit as lady-like a soft as a girly gathering, simply opting for pale blue instead of pastel pink.

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My co-hostess, cleared her family room furniture to make room for two rented round tables.  We love using round tables for gatherings, since they encourage conversation and an intimate feel.

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Guests were greeted with a baby Jacob banner that the mom-to-be took home at the end of the gathering.  Colorful blue suckers added to topiaries added a touch of whimsy.

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Regular readers know of my passion for menu cards.  It is also fun for the honoree to have something to remember the little details of the day by (including the food).  This delicious food was prepared by Cutting Board Catering (highly recommend!)  Having a chef cook in your home is a luxury for you and fun for your guests.

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Don’t be afraid to add a touch of elegance to a baby shower, particularly if it is fitting for the mom-to-be!

katherine Greene

holiday favorites ’13

These are a few of our favorite holiday things:

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  • Love these yummy cheese balls.  So easy and perfect for any holiday fete!
  • Our favorite holiday looks involve glitter and drama.
  • Adorable diy sheet-music pinwheels would make a festive holiday table.
  • Cute diy snow globes are adorable holiday touches in a bathroom or windowsill.
  • Yummy black cherry salad is a great pre-plated salad for your holiday dinner.
  • Red lips add a festive flair to any holiday look.

What are your favorite holiday things?

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