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kentucky derby party centerpiece with red paper roses and toy horses

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).

kentucky derby party benedictine sandwiches

kentucky derby place settings, red paper roses, drink tags, and 14 Hands wine

kentucky derby party food - benedictine sandwiches, rose cupcakes, crudites

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…

kentucky derby party tablescape and decorations

kentucky derby party mason jar drinks with horse jockey drink flags

kentucky derby party drink coasters

kentucky derby party printables, ribbon wants, burlap chair ties, and red paper roses

kentucky derby party place settings and tablescape with ribbon napkin rings

run for the roses cupcakes - royal icing red roses

kentucky derby party food - derby pies, winner's circle quiche, crudites

14 Hands wine - kentucky derby party

run for the roses cupcakes with royal icing roses

junior mint julep jar favors

mint julep cupcakes

kentucky derby party centerpiece - run for the roses


The free Kentucky Derby printables from this party are available for download here. Enjoy! :)

Vendor Credit
  • 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