Sunday, May 6, 2012

Derby Days 2012

We had such a blast at the 2nd Annual Derby Days this year!
It was so much fun to celebrate a tradition that has been in the Wilson family for as long as I can remember... My grandparents used to host their Derby parties at the house where we live now. So many fun memories... And now we get to keep making them! :)

{an attempted family "hat" photo}

The Kentucky Derby is definitely rich with traditions... One of them being, of course, the famous mint julep. The recipe we use is as follows.

Mint Julep:
Crush sprigs of fresh Kentucky Colonel Mint in your glass
Add desired amount of ice
Add desired amount of Bourbon
Pour desired amount of fresh lemonade over to drink

B loved her festive hat and her "horse" shirt :)

 PawPaw always enjoys displaying our family photo with legendary racehorse Secretariat.

 {walking around the house, showing off her "horse"}

{playing with her beloved Yay-Yay and Uncle Aaron}
 We were all so happy when the Derby Princess, Arianna, arrived with her mommy and daddy :)

...Then it was time to start the betting!

 Arianna enjoyed a nap before the race started, unlike her cousin, B, who was taking advantage of running around like a crazy toddler ;)

Congrats to those people who placed bets on I'll Have Another 

I hope you all had a fabulous Cinco de Mayo, Derby Days, or whatever activities you were able to enjoy this weekend!! :)

Little Moments Like This


Meredith Hilton said...

Love Derby! We just had a party too - but didn't have many gorgeous hats like yours did! I posted about ours at - following from the hop!

Kasey March said...

Love your hats! And your mint juleps look quite yummy :D

-stopping by from the linky party at Casey Wiegand's.

Garage Sales R Us said...

Such a cute family! Just wanted to drop by and say thanks for joining the Meet and Tweet this week! I am a new follower! Hope you'll stop by and do the same!

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Joeylee said...

loving the new look. looks like you had a great weekend, cute pictures

erin said...

looks so fun! happy to have found your cute blog!

Katie said...

This looks like so much FUN and a great yearly tradition! B looked fabulous in her hat:)

Lauren McKenna said...

Hi! I'm stopping by from Follow Friday :) Believe it or not I've never been to a Derby party! I would have this year, but my fiance and I had a wedding to attend. Next year! Now that I've read your mint julep recipe I really can't wait to try one - maybe this weekend! Happy Monday :)


the workaholic momma said...

What a fun weekend...and such a cool tradition!!! I love B's little precious:)

Kristen said...

Adorable! I've always wanted to go just so I could sport a lovely hat or fascinator! Love yours by the way! :)

Tami said...

I have never been to a Derby party but after reading about yours I definitely want to. Maybe next year? The hats were adorable and I love B's little horse shirt. Too cute! The picture with Secretariat is really neat. I love that movie and the story behind it!

Meagan said...

Your family looks like so much fun! I love all the hats. I really want to go to a derby party someday!

Lauren said...

This looks like so much fun!! I've always wanted to go to a Derby party :)

Andrea @ Life in Dawleywood said...

I love her little Derby hat, so precious!