Once upon a time, when Ashley’s Creative Catering was just a brand new baby business, I met this lady that I lovingly refer to as my “Catering Angel.” She is one of those clients that comes into your life by chance and instantly there is a bond formed. The kind of bond that would last forever even if she never, ever needed my catering services again. We were just destined to be friends.
Janet has a group of girlfriends that get together occasionally to play a few rounds of bunco and just enjoy being together. This past May was Janet’s turn to host and she decided she wanted to go with a Kentucky Derby theme. What I love most about a themed event is the opportunity to just go crazy with details! Janet is the QUEEN of details and I love that she shares my love for creating a super fun experience for her guests.
The weather was absolutely perfect on the afternoon of the event, so we took the party to the front yard. Guests arrived to find vintage farm tables adorned with mismatched china and “Rose,” the most perfect Derby dress and hat made from various shades of pink flowers.
Upon arrival, the guests were greeted with Butler Passed Hors d’oeuvres with a Derby flair and were escorted to the vintage buffet server that housed all the makings of a classic Mint Julep. After much mingling and laughter, they ladies were invited to find their seat at the dinner table, which was appropriately marked with a chalk painted horse that had been hand inscribed with each of their names.
With the sun sinking low, our bistro style lighting began to illuminate the table as a family style dinner was served to the guests. They enjoyed a menu that started with a classic Waldorf Salad. Then we brought out the main course that consisted of Maple-Bourbon Glazed Turkey Breast, Shrimp and Grits, Brûléed Corn Pudding, and Roasted Asparagus.
During dinner, the Julep Bar was transformed into the most delightful dessert and coffee station for the guests to enjoy as they played their games of bunco. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect evening to celebrate in Derby style!
The depths of my gratitude for Janet’s support of Ashley’s Creative Catering and her friendship could never, ever be conveyed in words. At the risk of writing a novel, I’ll just simply say “thank you,” but please know that your friendship fills my heart with joy! I appreciate you more than you know, Catering Angel. Thank you for letting me create another amazing event for you!
Catering and Event Design: Ashley’s Creative Catering
Lighting: Metropolitan Disk Jockey
Invitations, Stationary, Hand-Written Chalk Art: Salt + Paperie
Vintage Rentals: Vintage on Macon
Florals: Sacred Stone
Cookie Bouquets: Hamley Bake Shoppe
Hand Stamped Serving Utensils: Sycamore Hill