I have always dreamt of attending The Kentucky Derby! The wine, horses…the hats…it has been on my bucket list for years and every time it rolls around I am either working or not able to make it happen. This year I said, enough! If I can’t get my butt to the Derby…I’m going to bring the Derby to me!
The actual Derby will be here before we know it (May 6th & 7th!)…but since I can’t attend, I’m throwing a “Kentucky Derby” themed bash right here at home…
Let’s get down like they do at the Derby! Here’s how…
All About The Roses!
The first thing that always catches my eye are the gorgeous Red Roses…The Kentucky Derby is also known as the “Run for The Roses” because the winner is lovingly adorned with hundreds of fresh red blooms.
Taking a cue from the classic, I’m using red throughout the party! Starting with my centerpieces. I’m arranging a handful of deep red roses in mint julep cups to scatter along my table. I chose to use silver Mint Julep cups because it’s a fun way to pay homage to the winning trophies! The trainer, the jockey and the breeder of the winning horse all receive silver versions of the large gold trophy!
Silver & Gold Tablescape
You can keep with the theme by mixing gold flatware with silver napkin rings and plate chargers.
Growing up “mixing metals” was a no-no, but I’m all about the mix n’ match now! This table has real vibe with lots of thoughtful symbolism scattered throughout, and that’s what a good “theme” is all about.
It’s casual and inviting, but pretty enough to Instagram! One of my biggest pet peeves is sitting down to a dinner table that is so stiff I feel like I can’t use the napkin or dirty the dishes. You want your guests to feel at home, especially during an afternoon party. So let the happy, springtime tones of this table get everyone in the Derb...