Parties | A Kentucky Derby Bridal Shower

I love a good party just as much as the next person. Good friends, good food, good music - what's not to love? When I started planning my own wedding, I really fell in love with the idea of well-curated parties.... event branding that starts with the invitation, and ends with the thank you note you receive weeks later. Everything you see throughout that event feels like it was picked by hand - the napkins ,the favors, even the signage at the dessert bar. So when a client reaches out with a vision of a completely custom bridal shower, perfectly planned down to the bingo cards.... well, that's music to my ears. 

Bella Carta Boutique | Kentucky Derby Bridal Shower

When Brittany reached out to me during the winter, she had a clear vision of her theme, decor and colors. She and her mom were hosting a Bridal Shower for her future sister-in-law on May 2nd - Derby Day - and wanted a party to reflect the festive occasion. After a few emails back and forth to talk over her ideas, I designed this board as inspiration for the suite. I'm a big believer that images can communicate a vision more accurately than words, and when I'm working on something custom, an inspiration board is always the first step. 

Bella Carta Boutique | Kentucky Derby Bridal Shower

Once we agreed that the inspiration board accurately reflected Brittany' vision for the shower, it was time to start on the invitation. I dept the design classic with little touches of whimsy. The calligraphy-inspired font balances out the bold text, and the stripes and watercolor florals keep the design preppy and sophisticated. I love the colors in this design - I never tire of navy and mint, and the pops of pink, peach and red are the perfect compliment for the spring.

Bella Carta Boutique | Kentucky Derby Bridal Shower

Once invitations were out in the mail, Brittany and I started working together on the event decor. Throughout the entire process, Brittany knew exactly what she wanted: straw flags, centerpieces, favor tags, signage, game cards and prizes. Every element kept the same color scheme, wording was tailored to keep the "derby" feel, and each piece was sized so that Brittany could print as much as she could at one time. That's right: each piece of decor was a printable file that Brittany printed and cut herself. I'll stop talking and let the pictures do the talking!

Bella Carta Boutique | Kentucky Derby Bridal Shower
Bella Carta Boutique | Kentucky Derby Bridal Shower
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Bella Carta Boutique | Kentucky Derby Bridal Shower
Bella Carta Boutique | Kentucky Derby Bridal Shower

Seeing my designs come to life like this makes me so happy! And what I love most, is that this entire shower was done on a budget. Throwing a party, be it a shower or birthday, doesn't have to break the bank, and it doesn't have to be overwhelming. If you happen to be one of those people that feels completely intimated at throwing any kind of party, stay tuned - we have something special coming for you in the next month!