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Crafty Kentucky Derby Party Ideas: Chalkboard Horses

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kentucky derby party decorations - chalkboard horses with paper roses

Looking for a crafty Kentucky Derby Party idea? Here you go!

These paper rose adorned chalkboard horses are super cute and easy decorations that can be used everywhere from the table centerpiece to the buffet to the “Watering Hole” (i.e. “party drink station”).

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You’ll need chalkboard paint, toy horses, paper roses, satin ribbon, and glue dots. (I found everything at Michaels.) You can also use regular black paint, but I love the slightly rustic feel that the chalkboard paint gives. Click here for the DIY tutorial on how to make the red paper roses.


Give each toy horse 2 coats of paint & let dry. Cut a short piece of red satin ribbon and angle the edges. Use a pop up or 3D glue dot to attach the ribbon to the horse, then 2 more glue dots to attach the 2 paper roses on top, positioning them so that one rose is visible from each side. Done! Super easy and very Derby party appropriate!

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I made a bunch of these horses for the “Taste of Derby” party theme we recently styled for 14 Hands, which comes with lots more ideas & free party printables for your Derby celebrations! (The printables include the “Run for the Roses” banner pictured above.)

Click here to view the full party, or scroll down to check out a few more shots of the chalkboard horses in action.

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By |2018-12-19T14:19:49-07:00April 27th, 2012|Kentucky Derby, Party Decor Projects, Theme Parties|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Deliene Alvarenga April 28, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Great idea!!

    Deliene Alvarenga

  2. Windy City Novelties April 30, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Sometimes it’s the simplest decorations that make it all come together so nicely! The horses were a perfect touch!

  3. Toya Guerrero March 4, 2013 at 11:33 am

    I love it! Where did you purchase the toy horses? What are the dimensions of the horse? Thanks.

  4. anna April 7, 2015 at 8:42 am

    I found these horses at Dollar Tree. In the toy dept.

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