A kid-friendly table setup featured bright colors and items for Target

Run for the Roses / A Dashing Derby-Themed Bash

Mollie Jamison
Jackie Spivey
May 4, 2015
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The Event:
Owner and creator of Grit + Gold event planning Lottie Fowler hosts a derby-themed birthday party for her 4-year-old, pony-loving daughter Saylor. Nearly 40 guests were in attendance.

// Click on image at left to view more images from this dashing derby-themed party.
The Fort Worth mom didn’t want a static, stockyard-themed shindig. Instead, she decided to twist the idea by taking a more sophisticated approach. “When you think of the Kentucky Derby, you think red roses and preppy,” she says. “I wanted to go more of a spring-influenced route, with color.”
Because nailing down the details is in Lottie’s blood — not to mention her job description — she called on vendors from other events she’s planned, saying that they went above and beyond to help. For several months, she gathered goodies (tableware, party hats, blow horns, etc.) from Target’s Oh Joy line and Poppytalk. “I wanted to have actual table settings, but very kid-friendly ones,” she says. “I mixed those two lines to get a fun, colorful look.”
Guests stopped by a vintage turquoise trailer-turned-photo booth to pose with derby-related props. (Think: big frilly hats and stick ponies.) Of course, actual pony rides were the biggest hit amongst kids, as they took turns atop the furry friend, sporting glittery hooves, from Ewe Pet. Other kid-friendly activities included coloring, painting with watercolors and swimming.
Eats + Treats:
At feeding time, partygoers snacked on corn dogs and other finger foods. For dessert, they nibbled on colorful mini-donuts and a simple strawberry cake from Cakewalk Bake Shop, topped with a pink flower and gold horse figurine. A mint julep station for parents and lemonade station for kids served as a checkpoint throughout the party.
Favorite Part of the Party:

Lottie’s favorite detail of the day was an old photo taken of Saylor wearing a cowgirl hat at Melt Ice Cream in Fort Worth. The photo was blown up and left out for guests to write well wishes on, and then later framed and hung in [Saylor’s] room. Lottie says the act of creating a keepsake has become a yearly tradition.

Published April 2015

The Derby Details

Caroline Creates
Invitations and art prints
Photo Wagon
Mobile photo booth
Dallas, 214/668-4343
Taylor’s Rental Equipment Co.
Chairs, tables and linens
Fort Worth, 817/332-5258


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