Off to the Races: Kentucky Derby Party


Spring has finally arrived, and if you live in Kentucky you know exactly what that means… It’s time for the Kentucky Derby!

One of the most famous horse races, the Derby is held annually on the first Saturday in May. It’s a time to dress up and gather with friends while celebrating Kentucky racing traditions. No Derby Day is complete without fancy attire, big hats, betting, and good ‘ole Kentucky bourbon!


Good News! You don’t have to make the trip to Churchill Downs to celebrate the Derby. It’s just as fun to host your own party with friends. We teamed up with Brittany Hardin at Eden Bliss Weddings to bring you some at-home Derby Party inspiration.
The Kentucky Derby is a long-standing tradition that dates back to 1875. So, if you’re going to host a successful Derby party, you must keep to tradition..but that isn’t to say you can’t add your own personal flare to it!

We switched out those red roses for some white and coral beauties and created a spin on the traditional Bourbon cocktails you might find in the Grandstand. We were inspired by bright colors, fun girl time, and big derby hats to create an at-home party that made us want The Derby to be a year-round event!


Creative Partners:

Design, Styling and Custom Paper: Elizabeth Duncan Events

Photography: Brittany Hardin with Eden Bliss Weddings

Dresses/Hats: AJS Casuals

2015 Runway Trends

In Part Two of our 2015 Trends Report, we take a look at the hottest looks straight off the fashion runways. We’ve collected lots of pins from the 2015 collections on our 2015 Runway Trends Pinterest Board, so be sure to jump over and check out all of the gorgeous looks.

 

Here are the hottest fashion trends we predict will have a significant influence on upcoming event design. We’re in the final stages of prepping our annual Runway to Table shoot where we’ll show you how to incorporate these runway trends into your next event. Stay tuned!

 

Colors to Watch: Ice Blue, Yellow, Red

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Carolina Herrera, Ralph Lauren, Naeem Khan

 

White Swan: Wedding White for Everyday and Feather Details

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Oscar De La Renta, Christian Siriano, Elie Saab, Giambattista Valli

Ballerina: Tulle Skirts and Delicate Bodices

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Ralph & Russo, Jean Paul Gaultier, Giambattista Valli, Giambattista Valli

Exquisite Beading and Embellishment

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Chanel, Valentino, Chanel, Elie Saab

Check, Please: Gingham and Plaid

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Zuhair Murad, Balmain, Marco De Vincenzo, Diane von Furstenberg

Rainbow Bright: Multi-colored Stripes and Patterns

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Valentino, Peter Pilotto, Balmain, Chanel

Leather and Lacing

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Givenchy, Gucci, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Hervé Léger by Max Azria

Pleating

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Alexander Wang, Rebecca Taylor, Tome, Zimmermann

1970s Nostalgia

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Chloé, Coach, Rebecca Taylor, Emilio Pucci

 

For all photo credits and more runway inspiration, visit our 2015 Runway Trends Board on Pinterest.

Featured on: Junebug Weddings

We were delighted when Junebug Weddings contacted us about featuring our Runway to Table 2014 Photoshoot on the What Junebug Loves blog.  Check out all the pretty details of how we drew inspiration from this year’s hottest runway trends to design fashion-forward event designs.

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Thanks again to our fabulous vendor team:

Photography:  Sweet Tea Photography

Floral Design: Sidra Forman Flowers

Equipment Rentals: DC Rental

Styling and Design:  Elizabeth Duncan Events

 

Runway to Table 2014: Embroidery

Inspired by this year’s hottest runway trends, we created event designs ideal for the fashionista hostess.  Be sure to check out the Embroidery-inspired designs below and in the feature on United with Love.

Some DIY elements we had fun creating with materials from places like Michael’s, HomeGoods and JoAnn Fabrics include:

  • Table numbers
  • Gilded fruits and vegetables
  • Napkin holders
  • Deer antlers

For more ideas on how to incorporate this fashion trend into your next event, check out our Pinterest board.

Special thanks to our fabulous vendor friends who helped make the shoot possible.  If you want this look for your next event, be sure to contact them!

Photography:  Sweet Tea Photography

Floral Design: Sidra Forman Flowers

Equipment Rentals: DC Rental

Styling and Design:  Elizabeth Duncan Events

 

 

2014 Design Trends

Many of my Clients and Pinterest followers comment that I pin a lot of interior design photos on my event inspiration boards.  For me, designing an event is very similar to designing a living space.  Both require a balance of function and flow with style and creativity.  Also, entertaining is an extension of how we live.  Whether you’re entertaining in your backyard, at a historic museum or in the convention center, bringing in the gracious hospitality and unique personality of your lifestyle is one way to ensure a successful and meaningful event.

In 2014, some of the design trends we’re tracking and looking to for inspiration include:

Bold Black

The chicest of chic, an entire room painted black or a major focal point, black is no longer taboo in home design

Black 2014 Design Trend

via Pinterest: sukio.com

Glamorous Gold

Subtle to spectacular, this color and material make a statement

Gold 2014 Design Trend

via Pinterest: thebeautifulsoup.com

Wood Wonderful

Dramatic wood installations and signature pieces can be modern and traditional

Wood 2014 Design Trend

via Pinterest: contemporist.com

Rock Solid

Incorporating natural stones, cement, and tile that mimics stone

Rock 2014 Design Trend

via Pinterest: lushhome.com

 

We asked one of our favorite local event designers, Amaryllis, for their insight into this year’s design trends.

“We’ve been noticing a greater focus on gold accents and overall [color] schemes, and, of course, think the outcome is beautiful! The color can be incorporated anywhere from tabletop designs to containers in brushed, classic and modern styles. We love the “go bold with gold” mentality and foresee this becoming a big [event design] trend throughout 2014.”

Photo: Eli Turner

Photo: Eli Turner

 

Check out our 2014 Design Trends Pinterest board for more trends ideas.

2013 Trend Report

It’s that time of year again – our annual Trend Report.  We’ve been collecting ideas, articles and photos like crazy to come up with our predictions for how fashion, interior design and food trends will influence the event industry in 2013 and beyond.

Photo Credits: VogueUK, Elle Decor, Bon Appetit

Coming up, we will show you how to incorporate this year’s latest trends into your events.  In the meantime, check out our Pinterest boards and these articles to see what trends we’re tracking.

Style.com Trend Reports for Spring and Fall

Elle Decor

Huffington Post

New York Times

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