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Kentucky Derby Party- Think like a stylist








Last year I designed a Kenucky Derby themed party for Minted . With a few touches and a nod to the race, it was a pretty simple party to pull together. As a stylist, I also try to come up with a color theme, and then go from there. In this case greens and pinks, with silver and gold touches, roses, silver trophies, and a touch of vintage was the thing.

Here’s a list of of elements of the party you can easily put together.

1. Rent some trophies: most local antique or vintage stores have no problem renting things (think like a stylist)

2. You can also get vintage ribbons online, or again rent them from a vintage store.

3. Buy plastic horses: I suggest going to Amazon  spray paint them gold

4. Use candy jars and fill them with the plastic horses

5. Flowers? Roses of course.

6. Paper fans can be used to make winners’ ribbons

7. Find vintage riding photos in black and white to create a collage

8. Serve mint juleps with striped straws

9. Use mint julep cups for arrangements

9. Ask guests to wear hats, and have a “best hat” contest

Let me know how it goes.

Just know: by collecting a few horse themed things and choosing just the right color scheme, you can have a wonderful day at the races. …and they’re off!

Photos By: Leslie Graham

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Make it Fresh for Spring from Staples :: “In the Pink” A Spa themed Bridal Shower

Staples Why not throw an “In the Pink” spa themed bridal shower? Using one color can add a lot of impact!

*Party Tip : Color…Think of using shades of one color at your next party; the power of pink at this shower makes it girly and delicious. 

Try adding a few spa elements, too.  It will surely make the bride feel pampered and loved. The selection of pink invitations on Staples Copy & Print. website was incredible, so it was no wonder I had trouble choosing the perfect one for our friend Mary’s bridal shower. Did you know that Staples Inc. has everything you need for your next party? I even found these pink tissue balls on their site! Tied with Staples blush satin ribbon it made a beautiful girly touch to my decor.

Staples I loved the hot pink chevron wrapping paper. I used it to cover the table which is one of my favorite *Party Tips:  Use wrapping paper as a runner. It’s easy, pretty and when the party is over, you can roll it up and reuse it to wrap gifts.

The custom banner over the table was the perfect frame to the festive pink table setting. I made a small bridal bouquet out of grocery store pink roses and tied the perfect bow with the blush pink ribbon from Staples.

Staples Check out this gorgeous blush invitation! Staples has an extraordinary selection of beautiful, tasteful designs; I was so impressed. I ordered this delicate satin ribbon to tie the guests goodie bags with. It was the perfect shade of rose because it matched our champagne and raspberry cupcakes.


Staples These pretty little wish tags that say Mr. and Mrs. were at the party for guests to quiz the bride about her gift wish list. With the wedding just around the corner, it was the perfect way to pamper the bride with everything I found at Staples Inc.


1. Satin ribbon 2. Invitation 3. Mr. & Mrs. wish card 4. Tissue Ball 5. Chevron gift wrap 6. Banner

*Everything you will need is at Staples (in stores or order online at Staples.com with free delivery for rewards members or for orders over $49.99 (for non-members). This post is in partnership with Staples. All opinions are my own.


Photography by : Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn



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Quick Party Tip: Make Your Own Labels

Quick Party Labels | Annette Joseph Happy friday! Can you believe it’s already here?! I am currently in NYC. You may have seen on instagram (#BHGstyle) that I had the pleasure of serving on a fabulous panel at the BHG Stylemaker Event last night with Eddie Ross, Maxwell Ryan of Apartment Therapy, and Kayce Hughes. SO much fun and I met so many amazing people. More on that next week!

Heading into the weekend… here’s a fun and super fast label project I did for guests at the baby shower Alex and I hosted last weekend. We used these cute tags to name the dishes as well as write brief descriptions of the games that we played. You could use this quick trick for all kinds of festivities. Make sure to send me some pictures here if you use my tutorial! Quick Party Labels | Annette Joseph

You will need:

  • scissors
  • pencil
  • craft paper in coordinating colors of your decor
  • clothes pins
  • thin line sharpie
  • cookie cutter in a shape that best fits your theme
  • .


    Trace the shape  you desire using the cookie cutter as the template. Cut out the shapes, mine is a “onesie” since that was our theme. Using the clothes pin, clip the bottom of the shape and mark and place next to food item, game or anything else you might want to describe. That’s it! Have a great weekend!
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