Kentucky Derby First Birthday Party

Last weekend we celebrated Mae's First Birthday (see photos of her month by month growth here) with a Kentucky Derby themed party. I knew that sitting in the hospital bed last year, holding my precious newborn baby girl who was just hours old, drinking a mint julep (in a styrofoam hospital cup with crushed ice) that "Derby Day Mae" would celebrate her FIRST birthday with a Derby party. Fate. Destiny. Whatever you call it... it was meant to be. :) Also, Mr. Evans went to the Derby a few years ago and we've loved the tradition since we were dating so what better time to host a party with friends and family. I think everyone had a great time (especially the winners of our horse betting contest)!

Here's a little recap (with tons of photos) from the fun day!
She's ONE!!!

Kentucky Derby printable set purchased on Etsy here (included banner, food labels, invite, etc.)

Hat via Etsy/Dainty Couture 
Horse Jockey Garland (free printable!) via Flair Exchange
Mr. Evans had to do circus baby!! :)
Mint Juleps in our signature Pewter cups!

The kiddos played Pin the Bow on the Pony. My in-laws designed and printed this as a poster! I didn't get a good pic of everyone playing, but you get the gist. :)
A few ladies and their hats... :)
My Aunt made her hat! Don't you just love the saying! Hehe!

The menu included:
Burgers with Kentucky Bourbon Caramelized Onions on Ciabatta Rolls
Baked Beans, Fruit Salad, Potato Salad, Kale Salad, Veggies (aka "Horse Treats")
Southern Pecan Pies
"Run for the Roses" Cupcakes
Junior "Mint Juleps" (aka Junior Mints)
Mint Juleps (be sure to make mint simple syrup and have crushed ice... we purchased bags of ice at Sonic!)

P.S. Nina's first birthday party blog post is here (pink + yellow themed)!


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