I love theme parties. I mean I, REALLY, love them. Obviously, having a party is great but when it involves a theme – it just seems like more fun! Throughout the year, my friends and I celebrate most of the usual holidays together. But then there are also some random nights we have dubbed as our own personal holidays, usually revolving around food and/or some kind of theme (i.e. Fondue Night, Italian Night, Fajita Friday, Murder Mystery, every single University of South Carolina and 49ers football games).

So every year when the Kentucky Derby rolls around, I say to myself, “Why didn’t we have a party?!”. Well this year, we did. And it was fantastic.

I absolutely adored the dress I wore for the party. I originally had something totally different picked out, but this had been sitting in my Nordstrom cart for months so I decided to just go ahead and order it! I am so pleased that I did. The fit was perfect and felt very flattering. It also comes in so many different colors! { all outfit details linked below! } The espadrilles I wore were from JCrew last season but I found them on JCrew’s Factory site (even better!). The earrings I wore have been a favorite all Spring and now they are on sale! I might have to get them in another color.

I couldn’t have asked for better weather: sunshine galore and cool breezes at all the right moments. Much unlike the inexplicable monsoon that happened at the actual derby in Kentucky!

We certainly looked a sight – colorful dresses, big hats, seersucker, bow ties, and mint juleps in hand while we carried on with our loud (and embellished) Southern accents on the front porch. Perhaps this is what people think the South looks like all the time. Perhaps for some people it does. It surely gave the tourists on the carriage tours a comical (albeit not accurate) look into life in Charleston. And it also makes me laugh thinking about it even now. 🙂

I’m not usually a huge fan of roses but since the Kentucky Derby is also known as the “Run for the Roses”, I fully committed to the theme and put red roses everywhere! I even made the rose-covered horseshoe door decoration. Yes. I really did. And I probably stuck my fingers with floral pins about 27 times.

Also, I found some great print-outs, on where else but Pinterest, that I put all around the house in frames that we already owned. It really added to the theme in an easy and inexpensive way!

I truly cannot wait until the 143rd Kentucky Derby…or the 2nd Charleston Derby Party! 🙂

Outfit Details


3 Comments on Downtown Derby Day

  1. Gillian
    June 2, 2016 at 8:39 am (4 years ago)

    What a fun party! I love all of the themed details you put together.

  2. Victoria
    June 3, 2016 at 6:51 pm (4 years ago)

    I couldn’t see the themed cupcakes in any pictures!

    • nicorussinger
      June 4, 2016 at 10:25 am (4 years ago)

      I completely forgot to add pictures of the food! Thanks for reminding me! And thank you for making those beautiful cupcakes! 🙂


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