The fastest 2-minutes in sports is less than a month away–the Kentucky Derby. More than just a horse race, the Derby is oozing with Kentucky traditions and has become a cultural event like no other. Even local schools are closed the Friday before!
I have yet to make it to the Kentucky Derby, though it’s definitely on my “bucket list”. Fear not fellow non-attendees, you can still experience the thrill and glamour of the Derby without leaving your home. Hosting a Derby party is similar to the Super Bowl, except prettier and more affordable. And horses!
So break out those big fabulous hats and icy mint juleps, we’ve got a simple guide to make your Derby party the most memorable event off the year!
Set the tone for your party and build excitement with custom invitations by Lauren Chism. We love love love the contrasting colors and cute facts adorned in this sample:
Give your cocktail table a wow factor and really make your party pop with bold and vibrant linens from @houseofpom.
Finish dressing your table with functional yet stylish table accessories. This racing dinnerware set from @lvharkness looks simple yet trendy, which blends well with any home decor.
Our store is filled with so many beautiful options for #tabletoptuesday this week in preparation for our Spring Equestrian Three Day Event next Wednesday through Friday! Make sure to stop by during the event to gain inspiration and all the products necessary to create spectacular tabletops and more!
Don’t forget the centerpiece! Floral arrangements can take a big bite out of your pocket. Thankfully, some highly crafty and creative people at @villatopiary have come up with a beautiful and affordable solution:
One-of-a-kind hand-painted pottery by @forpetessakespottery will also draw your guests’ eyes to your centerpieces and tabletop decor.
And so our city begins to prepare for best two minutes in sports. 🏇🌹🏆. #forpetessakepottery is here to help you with serving pieces, giftware, door hangers and more. Made right here in the heart of Louisville. Available in my etsy shop. Link in profile. #derbyday #derby2016 #derbydoors #derbypotttery #derbyparty #horseracing #Kentucky #kentuckygirl #keeneland #winplaceshow #runfortheroses #attheraces #jockeysilk #jockeysilks #jockeysilkornament #jockeysilkslouisville #madeinkentucky #madeinthesouth #madeinlouisvilleky #louisville #Louisvillemaker #louisvillekentucky #etsy #etsyshop #etsyartist #etsyseller #shoplocal #shopsmall #supportlocalartists
Decorate a porch, banister or mantel with a hand-made paper garland. @thekindpilot offers all kinds to enjoy now and leave up into the next race.
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Get comfortable: If entertaining informally, use hand-embroidered pillows to liven up your space. Your guests will thank you! And if $168 is out of budget, don’t worry, they also sell the same patten in lovely tea towels here.
The first, and most important part of any party is the entry way. Grab your guest’s attention at the front door with decoration from @kentuckybredbydesign
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Bring guests galloping to your Derby party with these special edition @WoodfordReserve bottles. It’s okay to drink the contents too.
A Kentucky Derby party wouldn’t be complete without mint juleps. Why stop at just the drink? Check out these adorable mint julep candles from @julepcandleco! Insider tip: you can use your candles as cups afterward.
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Keep the party fueled with hand stamped recipe stirrers from @sycamorehill. Go sterling silver or go home!
It is already “Countdown to Derby” here in The Ville. 🏇🏻 My original poster art style #mintjulep cocktail recipe stirrers are always a fav 🏆 and as you can imagine a ton of work! I definitely need a head start ~ each has almost 70 characters stamped one letter at a time!! 💪🏻🔨 #mintjuleps #kentuckyderby #derbyparty #kentuckyderbyparty #derbystyle