Derby Day at the Charlesmark Hotel

Derby hat
Pastel, ponies, and florals? That’s the kind of party you can count me in for. I’m the kind of girl who can get into a theme party, especially if it involves a little crafting. With plans to attend the Derby Day celebrations at The Charlesmark Hotel I set out to transform my beach hat into something with a little more panache.

race ready!
Just a few fake flowers from Michael’s hot glued on to a ribbon did just the trick to upgrade my hat for the day. I like going with the traditional floppy hat, but I saw so many creative hats and headpieces throughout the day that I think I’m inspired to change it up for next year!

Kyle was a great sport and got dressed up for the occasion too. He went with a gingham button down, pink tie, shorts and Sperrys. Definitely not his everyday attire, but he wore it well!

The Charlesmark Hotel

Dressed and ready, we headed downtown to The Charlesmark in search of a mint julep. Entry to the event was free with RSVP and guests who arrived between 4:00 – 5:00 pm received a complimentary derby drink. The staff was incredible and the instant we walked in the door we had juleps and race bet sheets in hand.

mint julep
Vineyard Vines provided swag for the party including the julep drink glasses. I love the little blue bow ties on the cups and how cute are the pink whale straws!?

gummy bear martinis
The Charlesmark is known for their signature Gummy Bear martinis and the ladies were happy to indulge. It’s hard to deny vodka infused gummies.

bourbon sipping
While the ladies enjoyed martinis, Kyle sipped on bourbon and we all cheered on the horses! I bet on Charming Kitten, just because of the name. Our friend chose Orb, the winning horse, and won a gift certificate to the Charlesmark. We had a great time watching the derby and I’ll definitely be headed back!

Charlesmark Lounge
On a more somber note, The Charlesmark is located at 665 Boylston Street and is one of the businesses that’s been heavily affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. This was the second event we got to attend there in the past week and I’m so happy to be able to support a fantastic business in Back Bay.

I’m very excited to announce that this post is the first in a series in collaboration with Eventbrite! I’ve been selected as a Brite blogger and have been given a budget for 5 events which I’m so excited to share with you.

This upcoming week I’ll be headed to the Boston Strong Party hosted by Boston Bachelorette and also to Girls Night Out at Blo in the South End. Both events are in support of the One Fund.

This post is part of an ongoing partnership with Eventbrite Boston. Eventbrite enables people all over the world to plan, promote, and sell out any event. It’s also a destination for people to discover awesome events going on in THEIR city! Whatever your desires, hobbies, or interests – from photography workshops and wine classes to food festival and industry conferences, there’s an event on Eventbrite for you to attend! Keep up on the goings-on in Beantown by following Eventbrite Boston on Twitter, liking them on Facebook, or signing up for their weekly newsletter! Planning an event? Go ahead and create an account to get started. 


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