Kentucky Derby Party Ideas {and a Chinet® Giveaway}

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It’s spring in Kentucky which means only one thing, it’s Derby Time!! I know that you’ve heard me say it before, but Derby time in Kentucky is one of my most favorite times of the year. There are loads of great activities for families and the whole city puts on a great show to welcome… 

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Shaker Village in October

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A strange thing happened this year.  My oldest went off to college and my youngest both turned 12.  Halloween rolled around and I realized that we didn’t have any big party to go to like last year, we were missing a kid, and my 2 kids at home had “aged out” of most of the… 

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Large Hexagon Quilt Tutorial

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Hi there! I’m so excited today to be sharing with  you the tutorial for this Large Hexagon Quilt. I was able to whip this Halloween Quilt up very quickly using Lori Holt’s Half Hexie Ruler. Last weekend we headed down to Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, KY for a little photoshoot. I have always photographed… 

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Farm Fresh Peach Pie

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  Growing up I was lucky to have 5 peach trees in my backyard that every summer delivered the most delicious and juicy peaches. My mom, being an amazing cook treated us all summer long to fresh peach pie and ice cream.  It was not until I grew up and moved away that I realized… 

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DIY Pretty Ponies Necklace

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The first Saturday in May is coming up this week, which around here means one thing! It’s Kentucky Derby time! In celebration I’m excited to share with you these Pony Party Favors!  The city of Louisville rolls out the red carpet once a year and welcomes the world.  The entire 2 weeks leading up to… 

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DIY Kentucky Derby Fascinator

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Okay, file this one under GO BIG OR GO HOME! I LOVE a cool Kentucky Derby Fascinator! Every year at the Kentucky Derby the hats are the stars of the show, second only to the horses. I’ve been to the Kentucky Oaks several times now and I can tell you that hat watching is one… 

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Polka Dot Fashion Inspiration by LuluBelles & a Giveaway!

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My name is Gretchen Black from the jewelry online boutique Lulubelles.com and today I am guest posting on Polkadotchair.com. I co-own Lulubelles with my cousin and best friend Natalie Gerlack. We both love fashion, interior design, and anything that is vintage inspired with a modern twist. I thought it would be fun to share with… 

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Field Trip to the Kentucky State Fair

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Over the weekend we went to the Kentucky State Fair. I had not been to the fair since moving here 16 years ago and decided it was time that we go again.  You see I’m not a huge fan of large crowds and fried food, but the promise of a 75 degree day in August… 

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Win, Place & Show Ribbons Centerpiece

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I decided to add a bit to my Kentucky Derby Decorations this year by making some Prize Ribbon to use as a centerpiece. I used the Number Junque, Spring Circus, Quaterfoil, & Chevron kits from Rhonna Designs. In Horse Racing, the first place horse Wins, the 2nd place horse Places,  and the 3rd place horse… 

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Kentucky Derby Party Ideas

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The Kentucky Oaks race, the race the day before the Derby, and the one we try to attend. Living in Louisville, Kentucky one thing is for sure, you celebrate the Kentucky Derby every year like it’s a national holiday :) Even though I didn’t grow up here I feel like I’ve embraced Kentucky as my… 

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Derby Cupcakes

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keep reading… recipe for Kentucky Derby Pie Cupcakes (inspired by Derby Pie) below We had a fantastic weekend! I love that the Kentucky Derby turns the first weekend in May into one big week long holiday here! Friday we went to Churchill Downs to watch the running of the Kentucky Oaks (the races the day… 

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The sun shines bright….

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As the song goes… Photo Gene Burch Photography “The sun shines bright on my Old Kentucky Home”…. May is a spectacular month to be living in the bluegrass state. Aside from the beautiful flowers and trees that are in bloom, the first Saturday in May is reserved for the Kentucky Derby. The most exciting 2… 

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Sparkly Lucky T-shirt

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**product provided to me by Silhouette, but all opinions are my own** It’s Spring here in Kentucky… which means one thing… Derby!! Anyone who has seen the movie Secretariat this year probably has heard a little bit about the “most exciting 2 minutes in sports.”  Well it’s a pretty big deal here!  The Kentucky Derby… 

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Quilt Inspiration from Shaker Village

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Remember when I told you I was going to Shaker Village for the antique fair? Well I went, and there was MUCH inspiration to be had (unfortunately not much shopping done) oh man I wanted that thread box… but it was a bit too pricey for me. I was going to keep these photos to… 

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