“Preppy Paddock” Kentucky Derby Party Theme

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DIY Moss Sign with Free Kentucky Derby Party Printables

14 Hands Wine

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{original post} The Kentucky Derby is just a couple weeks away, and that means you’ve got the perfect excuse to get together with friends for fantastic food, drinks, and Southern traditions. And we can’t forget the element of dress-up, of course… which is one of the things that make Derby celebrations  – and the pictures from them – so totally fun & unique!

And speaking of Derby celebrations, I’m SUPER EXCITED to share that we’ve partnered with 14 Hands Vineyards again this year to bring you the following fun stuff:
……….1) Creative Kentucky Derby party ideas (including food, drinks & decor)
……….2) A brand new set of free Derby party printables, and…
……….3) Drumroll please… a fabulous DSLR CAMERA GIVEAWAY PACKAGE valued at nearly $600!

That’s right… one lucky reader will receive a Canon EOS Rebel T3 with Deluxe Accessories Kit + $100 worth of Photo Props, which should make it especially easy to capture all those fun party memories from the Derby and beyond! ;) Must be 21+ to enter. Please see official entry guidelines at the bottom of this post.

kentucky derby party centerpiece - painted horses with bow ties in DIY paddock


14 Hands is the official wine sponsor of the Kentucky Derby this year, which means it will be featured at Churchill Downs all throughout Derby Week… not to mention enjoyed by the very important guests in my own living room on May 4th. ;) We created a vintage-modern style Derby theme for 14 Hands last year, so I wanted to go a different direction this time… Inspired by the preppy fashion often donned at the Derby, this new “Preppy Paddock” theme features a fresh garden party vibe, bow-ties, preppy patterns, and bright pops of color!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

……..– “Watering Hole” Drink Station with plant holders used for wine and water displays
……..– DIY “Party Paddock” Centerpiece with bow-tie bedecked horses
……..– Southern-inspired small bites like Mini Hot Browns and Ham Stuffed Biscuits with Mustard Butter
……..– Homemade Bourbon Peach Pie Pops and Kentucky Bourbon Puddings
……..– Playful photo props for fun picture-taking + free printable “Photo Finish” sign

Scroll down for an overview of the party, and check out additional images in the full party album.

Kentucky Derby Party drink station - wine glasses & cocktails

homemade peach pie pops with bow ties

Run for the Roses Free Printable Sign

Kentucky Derby Party Food Table - Appetizer Ideas

Ham Stuffed Biscuits with Spicy Brown Mustard Butter

Mini Hot Browns - Derby Appetizer

Southern Cornbread Crostini - Derby Party Appetizer

Kentucky Derby Winner's Circle Centerpiece

Watering Hole Drink Station - 14 Hands Wine

wine glasses with bow tie drink markers

kentucky derby water bottles and orange mint juleps

Kentucky Derby party decorations and banner

kentucky bourbon puddings via sprinkle bakes

kentucky bourbon balls and pie pops

kentucky derby photo booth props

Alyssa & Renee had fun modeling the photo booth props! ;)

diy painted wooden photo booth props


As I mentioned earlier, this theme was inspired by the preppy fashion you often see at the Derby, which is represented through bow ties and the preppy style of the party printables. Sheet moss was also incorporated for a fresh spring/garden vibe. I really had fun working on this theme and hope you enjoy it too! You can download all of the party printables for free right here.

My own favorite elements are probably the DIY “Party Paddock” centerpiece, Bourbon-Peach Pie Pops (embellished with bow-ties!) and “Watering Hole” wine bottle display. While browsing the garden section at HomeGoods, I stumbled on an awesome water faucet themed plant holder and couldn’t resist turning it into a creative display for the white wine! A modern white window box planter was also used for the water bottles.


Fabric Bow Ties: (DIY Tutorial coming Friday!) We made 3 different sizes of bow ties using different colors of scrap fabric. The smallest bow ties were used as drink markers on the wine glasses, and also to dress up toy horses. The medium bow ties were used to embellish vases, and the largest ones were hot glued to wooden dowels for photo booth props.

Moss-covered Frames: Unfinished wooden frames ($1 each at Michaels) were covered with sheet moss & used to display free printable 4×6 signs

Preppy Horses: Toy horses were spray painted & embellished with mini fabric bow ties

Party Paddock Centerpiece: The preppy horses needed a place to party, and this one was fashioned from styrofoam, moss, and inexpensive wooden fences found in the wood crafts aisle Michaels. (The fences were $1.29 each). DIY Tutorial coming next week!

Winner’s Cup Arrangements: Trophy-shaped vases were embellished with printable labels and filled with yellow and white flowers, (white Stock, Queen Anne’s Lace, Billy Balls, and Dahlias) + printable “Win, Place, Show” pennant flags

Paper Diamond Garlands: craft punches were used to punch diamond shapes, then attached together using fishing wire. These were used to embellish around “The Watering Hole” wine buckets, pie pop display and they would be great table runners!

Wooden Photo Booth Props: from Etsy shop Say Hello were painted with acrylic craft paint and hot glued to wooden dowels


– Cornbread Crostini (recipe via Southern Living)
– Ham Stuffed Biscuits with Mustard Butter (recipe via MyRecipes.com)
– Mini Hot Browns (modified from this recipe & cut into diamond shapes to match the patterns in the party)
– Veggies & Dip
– Peach Bourbon Pie Pops (recipe via The Wicked Noodle) embellished with bow ties
– Kentucky Bourbon Balls (recipe via AllRecipes.com)
– Bourbon Puddings (recipe via Sprinkle Bakes)
– 14 Hands Wine: Cabernet, Chardonnay, Hot to Trot Red Blend, & Hot to Trot White Blend
Orange-Tangerine Mint Juleps
– Water bottles embellished with printable bottle labels

Vendor Credit

Partner: 14 Hands Vineyards

Party Styling, Food/Drinks & Photography: Hostess with the Mostess

Free Printables: Hostess with the Mostess

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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

463 responses to ““Preppy Paddock” Kentucky Derby Party Theme”

  1. kerry says:

    LOVE the mossy green picture frames!!

  2. I think my favorite detail is the grass frames used for the signage. It’s so appropriate to the theme. But I must say, the bourbon puddings look pretty amazing!!!

  3. Gianna says:

    Love the moss covered picture frames and the bourbon peach pie pops! Amazing!

  4. Jovanna says:

    Love the bowties on the wine glasses! And I would love to try the 14 Hands Reserve Merlot ;)

  5. Leslie says:

    Love the photo booth props!

  6. Chelsea S says:

    La, La, Love the mossy frames and food tags! Looks like a fun time!

  7. lisa Gomes says:

    I loved the mossy frames and the waters, it was all done so well. The photo finish was genius.

  8. I love the funny blue framed glasses. I would love to try Riesling wine.

  9. carmen davila says:

    I love the bourbon balls!! they look sooo yummy!!!

  10. Daphne Foster McCrain says:

    I love the pie pops!! Such a cute idea! I also would love to try the Moscato! :)

  11. Melissa says:

    I love the little cornbread appetizers, pie pops, mustard butter, painted ponies and mossy frames.

  12. Amy Brookshire says:

    I just LOVE the bowties… especially on the win glasses! simply fabulous.

  13. Love says:

    The trophy vase is awesome!

  14. LaTolya says:

    The photo booth props were really cute.

  15. Sarah says:

    This party theme is so perfectly put together! The peach bourbon pie pops are adorable and sound delicious!
    But I would also love to try the Hot To Trot White Blend from 14 Hands…

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  17. Kristin says:

    I love the colored horses and bow ties added in. Adds color and a bit of whimsy to the set up!

  18. tiffany leon says:

    I love the whole theme entirely! But my favorite part of it would have to be the bow ties incorporated everywhere. I think its very easy to do but leaves a statement!..love it!

  19. April says:

    Love the bow ties on the glasses and the ‘watering hole’ theme!

  20. Sandi says:

    The Reserve Merlot sounds wonderful and so do the pie pops and bourbon balls!!! Love the idea and my brothers anniversary is the Kentucky Derby.