5.04.2019

Pink + Green For Derby


Pink and green for the Kentucky Derby? But of course, why not? Honestly I can think of one single time pink and green wouldn't work ... even for Halloween (just needs some orange) and even Patriotic times (how about some navy gingham?).  It is just the most beautiful combination and most definitely makes every single time its used bright and happy! 



I absolutely love this darling pink and green preppy table set by the talented Jennifer of A Party Made Perfect.  Jennifer made her debut on the blog two years ago at Christmas when she helped me plan a gingerbread decorating party for my sweet girl and her friends.  It was every single thing I dreamed it would be and oh so much more and it is not at all shocking to me that this table is just as stunning.  I love using unexpected colors and pieces for entertaining.  I am not at all surprised she chose pink and green for her color palette and I don't think I could love it more.



Jennifer set such a beautiful table filled with lemons, mint (of course), gingham, greenery and even a tiny touch of turquoise. The details are so beautiful and I love the addition of the stunning Famille Rose salad plates I used for Easter.  Clearly we love the same things, one of the reasons we love to work together.   I love it paired with pink gingham + those incredible pink goblets and the beautiful green glass. 


And those tiny trophies ... can you even?


I asked my talented friend to share her thoughts on her table, the sources for the items she used and about her decision to use pink and green. As usual, she did not disappoint ...  

Busy with custom party kits meant no time for a derby tablescape this year. Then I found these mini trophy cups and all my plans changed. I just knew they had to be filled with flowers, and I was the girl to do it. I somehow went from not having enough time for derby to trying my hand at homemade pavlovas. When inspiration hits!

The rest just fell into place. Green is my favorite color. Pink and green is my favorite color combo. Without thinking that’s where my mind always turns, especially in the spring. My favorite pieces from this table are the green glass basket weave bowls my mom and I found at a local Atlanta antique store. Nothing beats green glassware. I also really love the high/ low and old/ new mix of this table- sterling flatware with acrylic glasses, vintage Fenton with modern knotted napkins. It keeps things interesting and fun.



I had planned a big floral centerpiece. I polished the silver, started collecting stems, and then decided to pass on the hour it would take me to create it. I swapped it out with a little cachepot and a vinca I hadn’t yet planted in the yard. Nothing better than when the easiest option turns out best!

I had been wanting to try my hand at pavlovas and decided now was the time. I used the flavors of the quintessential derby drink, mint julep. Fluffy meringue nests, topped with freshly whipped mint cream, and bourbon soaked strawberries. It took some time but was well worth it. So good that I ate it for dinner! And then my boys fought over the last few meringue shells!



Another derby in the books! Keep the fun going by swapping out the mini trophy cups for individual bud vases, and you have a perfect lady’s luncheon or bridal shower. Now that’s double duty at it’s finest!



I really believe that all tables should be universal, making just a few changes, and used for so many different events.  This table she created is perfect for all things spring, summer, bridal, baby, Mother's Day and even graduation for a darling and preppy girl.  I will be most definitely bookmarking it for a time I need a lovely brunch or dinner for ladies ... it is ideal for both.


I hope you bought the winning ticket for Derby today ... and you stay dry if you were are in attendance.  I had the opportunity to go this year and had to turn it down to be home with my girl ... family always comes first!  Whatever you are doing, have a mint julep or two for me pretty please!




Hope your day is a winner!!

Images courtesy of A Party Made Perfect
Sources ... 
Chargers & Cachepot- Jaye’s Studio
Salad Plates- Williams Sonoma
Water Bottle- Blenko
Ruffled Vase- Fenton
Sterling Flatware- Reed & Barton
Acrylic Glasses & Leaf Mats- Michael’s

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