Melody Walker Rodgers has had an eye for great style from childhood. Since graduating from the University of Kentucky, she has been channeling her creativity into crafting swanky soirées and in 2015 combined her business acumen with her creative talents by founding her own full-service event planning and design firm, Refined Social Events.

Based in Lexington, Kentucky, Refined Social Events has become known for creating trendsetting events and delivering inspired experiences that are tailored to each client’s vision and goals. Whether designing a private or corporate party for eight or 2,800, Refined Social Events always inspires with its use of bold color, natural elements, and inspiring touches of whimsy.

With the company’s proximity to Churchill Downs, once Derby date is announced, the phone starts ringing, and Melody and her seasoned team get to work on a host of Derby parties. From fashioning each event’s décor and coordinating its timeline to attending to every logistical detail, Refined Social Events takes the stress out of party hosting.

Given Rodgers’ determined drive to make each event more memorable than the last, it’s no wonder that the company has been a finalist for three years running in the Special Events Gala Awards. In addition, Refined Social Events has been featured in InStyle, Kentucky Bride, and numerous other American and international publications.

To see more of Refined Social Events’ beautiful work, visit their Instagram page here.