I admit that I’ve never actually watched the Kentucky Derby (or any other horse race), but I’ve always thought it would be fun to throw a theme party inspired by the derby. Â All the ladies wear big hats, all the gentlemen wear seersucker suits, with lawn games and plenty of mint juleps to go around. Â Sounds fabulous! Â Well, Allie from Allie Ruth Design and her husband Ryan really did throw a derby party this year, and today we get a peek at the beautiful invitations she created for the party!
From Allie: Â As soon as Ryan and I decided to have a Derby party, I knew I had to come up with something cute and vintage-inspired to invite our guests. Â Believe it or not, this was actually the first time I had ever letterpress printed anything for my own party! Â This was also my first time ever using a real vintage letterpress block. Â I have always used photopolymer plates, but this time, I knew that the only way I could achieve the true vintage aesthetic that I was hoping for, I would have to find the perfect vintage block â€“ and I did! Â I love, love, love this race horse block, and we will be able to use it for years to come!
I had some Crane Lettra left over from an order, and it was the perfect color and weight for this job. Â So velvety and rich! Â I used a 1920s newspaper page as backing for the kraft paper labels, and wrote addresses with a white paint pen. Â The tags had all of the details about directions, etc. and were finished with red and white baker’s twine that I had left over from a custom order.
So cute! Â Thanks Allie!
Photo Credits: Allie Ruth Design