My dear friend Kristin Chambless of ColorbyK, and I love dreaming up party ideas to help the modern, everyday hostess entertain in style a little easier…(yes, we are entertaining soul mates, so to speak!). So much so, that our whole #ENTERTAINbyKxSBS series was born from this mutual goal and our passion for throwing parties together. So, as you can imagine, I had a major moment when Kristin told me our little Derby party was going to be thrown with none other than Draper James (ahem, Reese Witherspoon’s fabulous Southern brand!). We are both huge fans of Reese, and the essence of Draper James was a perfect pairing for the easy, breezy Derby party we had in mind!
Well, All… (or should I say, “Y’all!), the time is finally here! The countdown to the 144th Annual Kentucky Derby is on, and the The Draper James x Crate & Barrel Collection is LIVE – Kristin and I were thrilled to be some of the first hostesses to debut the new collection. I have to say, Derby aside, this fun blue and white melamine collection already has what I know will be my go-to summer staples. They are fun, fresh, easy to clean and perfect for poolside BBQ’s and casual beach gatherings. I can’t wait to use these pieces again for Memorial Day and July 4th!
Last week, Kristin and I had the best time crafting this fun, fresh Derby party as our next installment of #ENTERTAINbyKxSBS! For this party, we wanted to keep things simple so we could enjoy a Julep or two and still catch the races! We kept it classic with little nods to the races and age-old Kentucky traditions (think classic Benedictine and Pimento cheese sandwiches, a few roses tucked here and there, and plenty of fresh mint!), without being expected. Kristin created a gorgeous fresh arrangement in my antique silver punch bowl (to accent the julep cups!) with white hydrangea and a few white “run for the roses.” We added a few silver Draper James julep cups with big, fresh bouquets of mint for added color and texture, and a little added play on the julep aspect of the event (TIP: herbs and other edibles are always interesting alternatives to flowers!). Aside from the sweet touches they added to the table, the smell was AMAZING!
Kristin and Laura’s Derby Dresses + Silver Julep Cups | Draper James
Servingware | Crate & Barrel X Draper James Collection
Biscuits c/o Callie’s Charleston Biscuits
Bourbon c/o Woodford Reserve