Talk Derby to Me!

May 01, 2014 } Blog, Entertaining at home, Party ideas { by Kelly | No Comments

There are few things more sacred to a born and bred Kentucky girl than the Kentucky Derby.  It is the one time of year that all eyes are on my home state for the most exciting two minutes in sports.  Oh, how I love the beautiful horses, the fabulous hats, the stunning roses and, of course, the bourbon…y’all….lots and lots of bourbon!

 Derbypartybourbon1I used bright ribbons to mimic the colors of the jockey’s silks and every Southern gentleman must have monogrammed rocks glasses.

derbypartymintjulepMint Juleps are the traditional drink of choice for any Derby gathering.  An engraved pewter cup and crushed ice are a must!

2014-03-17 00.49.31Seersucker and red roses are the perfect choice for your table decor then add a big ol’ hat and some horseshoes.

2014-03-17 01.32.15Of course a world famous Hot Brown is always on the menu, it’s a favorite on Derby Day.

Stylishly Yours, Kelly


Valentine’s Day Decor Giveaway

January 29, 2014 } Blog, Inspiration, Party ideas { by Kelly | No Comments


Kelly Spalding Designs is excited to be spreading the love this week.  In memory of my Mom’s birthday on February 6 we are having a fun giveaway. Paper straws, Bedazzled Bon Bons, Love gift bag, and a few other surprise goodies.

Lots of ways to enter:

1.  Leave a comment below, we love to hear what you think!

2.  Leave a comment on Kelly Spalding Designs Facebook page on any #ValentinesDayDecor post

3.  Tweet “I entered to win @KSDinFranklin #ValentinesDayDecor”

4.  Follow me on Pinterest and  repin all #ValentinesDayDecor pins.

Winner will be announced February 6.

Make sure to get the new issue of Southern Exposure Magazine for lots of ideas and recipes for celebrating Valentine’s Day with your sweetie and children.

Stylishly Yours





Simple Thanksgiving week meal

November 24, 2013 } Blog { by Kelly | No Comments

The week before Thanksgiving is not when you want to worry about what to have for dinner.  I have finalized my menu and made my huge grocery store trip.  My refrigerator is stuffed and my pantry is overflowing but I still have to feed my family for the next 3 days without completely going nuts.

Stock vegetables

So today I made a big pot of my Creamy Chicken Soup, a family favorite and a guaranteed crowd pleaser.  The secret to this soup is a rich homemade stock and a wonderful Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.

Chicken Soup

We are on the go this week with a basketball tournament so leftovers mean that we won’t have to eat concession stand food for dinner tomorrow night.

You can also use leftover turkey for a “day after” soup.  Enjoy!

Recipe:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   One whole 2-3lb fryer cut up.  Throw in some celery, carrots, parsley, onion and 2 bay leaves.   Cover with water  (at least 6 cups).  Season with salt, pepper and 1 t of poultry seasoning.  Simmer covered on medium heat for about 20 – 25 minutes.

 1 package egg noodles (I use whole wheat)

½ cup parmigiano reggiano grated cheese

1 qt Heavy Cream

2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning

Salt and Pepper to taste

Strain chicken and vegetables from stock and bring stock back to boil.  Add egg noodles and cook approximately 7 minutes. Skin and pull chicken into bite size pieces and add back to stock.  Add the heavy cream, parmigiano reggiano, Italian seasoning and salt and pepper to taste.  Bring soup to a simmer for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.



Holiday Open House

November 18, 2013 } Blog, Kelly Spalding Designs { by Kelly | No Comments

Holiday candle

Kelly Spalding Designs is getting ready for our Holiday Open House.  We are going to throw a party y’all!  Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 23 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  We will have food, mimosas, gift with $50 purchase or more and 15% off of all merchandise (custom orders excluded).  Door prizes include goodies from Batch Nashville, Southern Exposure Magazine, Williamson Herald and much more.

Catering & Events by Suzette will be providing food for you to enjoy while you shop.

We will be closing early on Friday (11/22) so the elves can deck the halls!  We will have lots of decorating ideas and inspiration for your holiday celebrations.  Entertaining at home can be overwhelming but with our table and mantle decor options, gift wrapping ideas, fun recipes and great gift selections, you will be entertaining with ease.

Glass bell jar

Remember to shop local this gift giving season!


A sweet way to welcome your guests

May 31, 2013 } Blog { by Kelly | No Comments

The saying “I’m as happy as a kid in a candy store” explains why the candy bar (or buffet) is so popular at weddings and parties. I secretly squeal in delight when a client requests a candy bar design. Never mind I have to sample all the candy for quality control; it really is a fun way to add personality and that WOW factor to any celebration. It’s not just for children either. A wedding candy bar will have adult guests oohing and ahhing too.

The 6 year old in me guided this end of year cheer leading party. I loved it when I asked my client about colors and theme and she said just make it FUN! So that’s what I did. We went bright and “cheery”.

Sweet Treat bags

Sour Patch



So sweet of you to drop by! Have you had a candy buffet or attended a party that had one? What was your favorite detail?

Stylishly Yours,