Party Panache, Last Minute Derby Day


What do you do when you decide at the last minute to throw a little Derby Day bash but don’t have the first horse shoe or red rose?





You shop your house and see what you can find!





I did have some faux pink and red roses that looked festive to me, and I made a print out of the race horses





I grabbed some festive hats for CC, DD, & me,

the only ladies attending





HHjr decided he was not going to be left out, and after seeing some of the bizarre hats being worn, he disappeared and fashioned his own Kentucky Derby bonnet out of hydrangea branches…

“Gigi, Dad is outside making a hat out of branches” Big E reported

Oh no…

It was pretty hilarious…




Last year I found a fun webpage from Courier Journal that generates your Derby horse name from your first initial and birthday





The names are quite silly, but lots of fun and I added a win-place-show area and printed them out to use as ballots





I didn’t think the children would want to vote, but they were into it

and the most exciting 2 minutes of sports was indeed very exciting!





Being last minute,

no time to prepare Kentucky Hot Browns or Pecan Pie…

I did manage to throw some Southern cheese straws in a trophy style MKC bowl





Fresh mint in a silver cup





HHjr cooked pizzas from Papa Murphy’s in the pizza oven

these take and bake pizzas are quite good





DD brought dessert and much fun was had by all!





With a little imagination and help from PicMonkey,

it went from a simple Saturday,

to a special event!





And here we are, Sunday and Cinco de Mayo!




No party today, but tonight’s menu is festive

Grilled Chicken Fajitas

Refried Bean Dip

Enchilada Rice Casserole


I hope you’re having a weekend full of fun!




I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Meal Plan Monday  Dishing it & Digging it,   Between Naps on the Porch,

Merry Monday   Make it Pretty Monday    Celebrate and Decorate,

Tasty Tuesday   Oh My Heartsie Girl  Full Plate Thursday

Thursday Favorite Things  Creatively Crafty   Home Matters 

Weekend Potluck   Sweet Inspirations   Happiness is Homemade

34 Responses to “Party Panache, Last Minute Derby Day”
  1. Looks like you all had a blast Jenna! Happy Cinco de Mayo:@)

  2. Rita C. says:

    Well, how fun was that?!! It always looks like a party’s happening at your place. That pizza oven’s getting its workout, isn’t it, Jenna? I need some fun like that in my life right about now…..

    • You poor thing, you need a spa vacation and be totally pampered for a while! We are enjoying the patio and pizza oven so much, such a great place to gather!

  3. Jenna, your last minute party looks perfect. HHjr’s derby hat is hilarious. You amaze me with your hospitality and wonderful parties. Have a wonderful day!

  4. What a FABULOUS idea! And I have to say, HHJr has the idea! Cracked me up. I love it to the max!

  5. Nancy says:

    We had a Derby Party last year and this year we went to one. I actually want to host it again next year… adding some of your touches!

    HHjr.’s hat was toooo funny!

    You can throw a party in no time… good for you!

  6. Cyndi Raines says:

    Spur of the moment makes it extra fun! Live, laugh, love, right? Your son has a great sense of humor and his hat was so creative! Keep it going, makes life so much more fun and interesting. 😁 we plan on some good Mexican food today also. YUM!

  7. Kari says:

    What fun Jenna …you did good girl and I love HHjr’s hat. LOL Wow! the drama around the Derby this year….I can’t remember anything quite like it happening before. I might have to make up a Derby Table next year based around the happenings this year. LOL

    • Yes, the drama was something…the kids were getting frustrated waiting to find out the winner, wow, I did feel sorry for the Maximum Security jockey, he looked so devastated when he discovered there was a controversy..

  8. pattyanneart says:

    What a fun party, Jenna!Love all the hats!! 😀

  9. Michelle says:

    The ballots are so cute! What a nice touch. 🙂

  10. Sarah Anderson says:

    Jenna, I just responded to you email, and then you post pops into my inbox. Love that you hosted this KD Party. It looks like everyone had some fun with the theme. I especially like HH Jr’s festive hat. I’d say he wins the prize. It was very inventive and actually very attractive. Next year you should have everyone style thier own hats and offer a trophy to the winner. All your other details are right on, Jenna. I think it woud be great fun to host a KD Party.
    Happy Sunday and Happy Cinco de Mayo!

    • What a great idea Sarah, yes, next year will be the year of the hat contest! When my son came in with that hat on I burst out laughing, it really was hilarious…he’s really funny anyway, but this one will be hard to top! Thanks Sarah, and Happy Cinco de Mayo!

  11. Mary says:

    Super fun Jenna for celebrating Derby Day…so controversial this year, I felt so bad for everyone. I remember those horse generated names 🙂 I agree with Sarah, your son wins the prize. I always love watching the TV coverage to see all the fun hats. Hope your Cinco de Mayo was muy bueno. ♥

    • I know, that was quite awful! I almost died laughing when my son walked in with his hydrangea bonnent…he is a funny guy anyway, but this just might top them all! We’ve got big plans for next year, going to go all out!

  12. says:

    Your Derby day looks amazing Jenna. You amaze me with your talents and ideas! Girl, do you sleep any or do you think of all these wonderful things to do and cook, and bake and make while you are suppose to be sleeping? Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  13. Karen says:

    Last minute parties are always fun…and if anyone can pull one off, it is you!

  14. Jill Kuhn says:

    Love the silly horse names! 😄 How fun and creative Jenna!! 🏆

  15. Linda says:

    What a fun weekend. Lots of great food and of course the hats. A special day to celebrate. The silly horse names are cute. You definitely pulled it all together.

  16. thefrenchhutch says:

    You could easily be a high in demand party planner Jenna! What cute ideas at the last minute. I love shopping my house too, so much stuffed away never know what I’ll find! Your son’s a funny guy with his hat. How fun he didn’t want to be left out. Lovely set up, everything was party perfect……..

    • thanks Emily, it was a a lot of last minute fun! A family friend arrived with his fiddle and the kids were all dancing around the patio. Even though it was raining off and on Ryan was cooking pizzas and nobody seemed to care…I am tired this week though, there has been something every day, baseball playoffs tonight 😴

  17. Benita says:

    Jenna, I bet this was so much fun! I also love HHjr’s idea for a hat…pretty creative! Hugs!

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