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Ashley’s Creative Catering Real Event | Kentucky Derby Themed Bunco Party | New Hope, AL

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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 

Viva Las Vegas!

Time really does fly when you’re having fun, I guess. I find it hard to believe that this super amazing Las Vegas themed, double birthday party for one of my favorite clients was this time last year. Brothers, Bill and Mark, celebrate birthdays around the same time, and last year were milestone birthdays for both of them. We celebrated in style on the 8th floor at The Summit at Big Spring for Bill’s 50th and Mark’s 40th birthdays.

As the guests stepped off the elevators they were welcomed by a variety of passed hors d’oeuvres and some martinis while they waited for the guests of honor to arrive.

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Once we got the guests of honor there, we opened the gaming tables provided by GoodFellas Gaming so the guests could get the full Vegas experience with Black Jack, Craps, Roulette and more.

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And of course my favorite part of the entire evening was opening the dinner stations that I had planned with my client. The idea was that the room would be transformed into the Las Vegas strip and Metropolitan Disk Jockey Service did an amazing job bringing my vision to life. When I told him that I wanted the guests to feel like they were on the Vegas Strip, he suggested some lighting ideas that were so perfect and it turned out even better than I had imagined it to be!

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Paris Station complete with cheeses, crepes, chocolate fondue and macarons. Oh my stars! 🙂

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New York, New York Station with Mini Hot Dogs, Soft Pretzel Bites with Beer Cheese Sauce

Last, we ended the night with some delicious cakes from Old Vienna Bakery and guests went home with dice boxes full of candy and hand decorated cookies from Sweet Art Sweets.

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Oreos by Sweeties by Kim

I know Bill and Mark had a very happy birthday last year, and I hope this year is just as awesome. Thank you for letting our crew celebrate with you!

Venue: The Summit at Big Spring

Photographer: Housley Photography

Gaming Tables: GoodFellas Gaming

DJ and Lighting: Metropolitan Disk Jockey Service

Cakes: Old Vienna Bakery