One of these years I’m determined to make it to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby! It’s quite the trek from San Diego to Louisville though, so in the meantime I will happily continue celebrating the Derby at home with friends & family. :) And along those lines, I’m excited to bring you the brand new Taste of Derby theme that I’ve been busy with lately… which includes tons of creative Kentucky Derby party ideas + FREE party printables and easy Derby-inspired recipes!
My goal for this new Kentucky Derby theme was to create a Vintage-Modern look that felt both classy and casual/fun at the same time – just like the Derby itself. The vibrant red, green, and blue colors utilized here are common racing silks colors and are also reflective of the beautiful 14 Hands wine labels (the official Taste of Derby wine partner).
I relied on entertaining basics (white plates, white serveware, neutral linens), DIY projects like rolled paper roses, and simple food styling ideas to bring this theme to life, and designed several printable paper details featuring horses, jockeys, and racing silks patterns. (The printables will be featured in a separate post this afternoon since this post is already getting long!)
We hope you’ll be able to use some of these ideas and printables to make your Derby Day celebrations with friends extra festive this year! Read on for more “Taste of Derby” sneak peeks + a link to the full album & party details…
The free Kentucky Derby printables from this party are available for download here. Enjoy! :)
- Theme Design & Styling: Hostess with the Mostess
- Party Printables: Jennifer Sbranti
- Photography: Sonny Sbranti
- Wine: 14 Hands
- Derby Recipe Inspiration: Taste of Derby
- Wilton Red Icing Roses: Michaels
- Toy Horses, Chalkboard Paint, Satin Ribbon, Burlap Garland (for chairs): Michaels
- Unbleached Muslin Fabric (table runners & napkins): JoAnn
- 5″ Wood boxes: Jamali Garden