Camille Styles

Down and Derby with Julia Lake & Brita Olsen

April 28th, 2014

Don’t have a ticket to Churchill Downs this weekend? Never fear — NYC-based party planners Julia Lake and Brita Olsen have stepped in to show us how to host a fantastic Kentucky Derby watching party, no travel necessary. With charming Southern details and a dedicated “gentlemen’s bar” this is one party the boys will love, too. So flip on the TV, put on your best hat and pour yourself a cold mint julep as these two show you how to celebrate “the most exciting two minutes in sports” in style:

photography by tory williams

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11 Comments under :: Down and Derby with Julia Lake & Brita Olsen
  1. Gotta love a good southern themed party. Thanks for the feature! xx, Julia Lake

  2. Thanks for the feature! We had so much fun putting this together! xoxo

  3. kristicrisis says:

    Very cool…love the theme and especially think the drinks are delish-looking.

  4. SO thrilled for an excuse to wear a big hat!

    I kicked off derby season yesterday at Golden Gate Fields (nothing in comparison to Churchill Downs but still…) with a signature Mint Julep. So excited to try out this feautured recipe!

    xx Katie

  5. nikki says:

    Perfect timing! I’m attending a Derby party this weekend and purchased Julep cups as a hostess gift. But, after seeing the beautiful flowers, I’m now going to turn them into little vases to hold pretty flowers – I think she’ll love it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. diane smith says:

    Such a fabulous party with so many great touches. Thanks for all the wonderful pictures and sharing so many great ideas. Loved reading your interview, Jenn. The flowers were amazing!

  7. The free printable drink flags I created for the Derby would be the PERFECT addition to this fab party



  8. […] afternoon/evening watching! I have my money on California Chrome and Wicked Strong. Check out the Mint Julep recipe here and don’t forget to chill the cup […]

  9. […] mint julep glasses since I moved here, but alas have gone without a good recipe until now. Camille Styles shared this recipe a while back and it’s sure to be a fail-proof formula for an authentic Southern […]

  10. mmmm, I love an icy mint julep! I love horses, but not so into watching tiny men race them.

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