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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Run for the Roses

The Derby is such a fun Kentucky tradition. It's also a great excuse to have a party with all your friends! Since we're living in Ohio now, I didn't get to have a Derby Party like I did last year, but I thought I'd share our fun with you today. I'm writing this post while watching the coverage on this year's Derby!
Everyone knows the most important part of the Derby (besides the incredible horses, of course) is the hats. My friends and I gathered some "beautiful" materials from WalMart the night before our party and whipped up some ridiculous hats. 
 I have to confess that it did not take too much creativity to create my hat. I literally took the huge bouquet we bought and attached it to the hat. I did clip off the long stems and wrapped the bottom of the bouquet in white satin ribbon and hot glued the ribbon in place. I wove floral wire into the hat to attach the bouquet and added some hot glue as well to secure it. 
 Beautiful, huh? Haha. 
 My friend, Annie's hat: Black sequin ribbon around the top of the brim and black and white polka dot ribbon stripes. It also had some great pink and green flowers attached!
Love those dots.
 Kelly's hat: Black and white striped ribbon and some flowers, all topped off with a black feather! Yes, that is a bottle cap you see in the middle of that beautiful flower. Ha! We like to keep things classy. To be honest though, you didn't even notice it. 
Looking good, Kels.
You're looking at the winning hat right here. We had an easy little drawing (with money in a hat, of course) and Sarah's horse won! 
She made so much money that day. 

As you can see, there's no reason to spend crazy amounts of money on a one of a kind hat. You just have to get creative with some floppy hats and cheap embellishments and make your own!

Hope you're enjoying the Derby and Happy Mother's Day weekend!


Chelsea @ two twenty one said...

I love this! You can't even tell those hats were DIYed! Well, maybe except for the Mich Ultra flower... Haha!

I'm going to a friend's bachelorette party next weekend in Louisville, and we're going to a race at Churchill Downs Saturday. I have my hat ready to go! :)

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

LOL those are fabulous hats!! I love them!! How much fun!!

Unknown said...

How fun are those hats!! LOve them!
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