Kentucky Derby Tablescape

With the Kentucky Derby right around the corner, I thought I would share our Kentucky Derby Tablescape with you guys today.

Whenever people come to our home and spot touches of equestrian style in nearly every room, they almost always ask about the fascination with horses.  Thankfully, the answer is an easy one. It all goes back to my Mom’s childhood and her grandpa’s horse, Nelly.

Over the years her love of all things equestrian rubbed off on us, so much so, some of our favorite family memories involve horses. We all ride (sometimes even on vacation) and two of my nephews take riding lessons as well.

The first Saturday in May is a special day for our family, especially when we’re all in town, as we typically watch the Kentucky Derby together.  While we mark the occasion differently each year, (sometimes we’re hosting a Derby party and sometimes we’re attending one) it’s always a fun time.

Since my Mom and I are both big treasure hunters we’ve amassed a great collection of horse trophies over the years.  They’re not easy to come by so whenever we find one at a reasonable price, we’re beyond excited to scoop it up and bring it home.

If you’re curious about collecting horse trophies, they can run anywhere from $25 to well into the thousands depending on the year, the name of the horse, horse show or race and of course the material.  Sterling silver horse trophies are usually weighed at the time of sale because the price of silver changes with the markets.

All that said, creating a Kentucky Derby tablescape doesn’t have to be super complicated! Here are a few easy ideas to consider when designing a tablescape of your own:

  • Tabletop horse décor
  • Trophies
  • Horse Ribbons
  • Horseshoes
  • Roses
  • Jockey Silks or numbers
  • Derby Hats
  • Mint Julep Cups
  • Moss or Grass Table Runners or Placemats
  • Monogrammed Napkins, Silverware or Glassware

To create our Kentucky Derby tablescape this year, we began by lining the table with moss sheets.

Next, we gathered a few of our favorite horse trophies to create a centerpiece,

and to line the moss table runner.

Once the trophies were in place, we layered in cream colored roses, hydrangeas and greenery.

Given the center of the table is pretty full already, we decided to keep the place settings pretty simple.  All of the pieces you see here including the chargers were thrifted finds.

I may have shared this before but using white dinner plates and changing out your salad or dessert plates is a budget and storage friendly way to create celebratory tablescapes in any season.

Keep in mind a tablescape like this is so neutral, you can honestly use any color flowers you want! Derby parties seem to run the gamut from fun and festive to sophisticated and elegant.

Speaking of elegant, did you know the traditional flowers of the Kentucky Derby are actually red?

Each year, a garland of more than 400 red roses is sewn into a green satin backing. The seal of the Commonwealth on one end and the Twin Spires and number of the race’s current renewal is on the other.

White and pink roses were used for the first garland in 1896 so we’re still technically in style (wink, wink).

And since we’re sharing fun facts about the Kentucky Derby and horse racing in general, it’s the only sport in which the women compete directly against the boys which makes my sweet niece super excited.

Whether you’re creating a Kentucky Derby tablescape to host a party, watching with family or skipping all the festivities to snuggle up and watch Secretariat, this weekend is sure to be a festive one. We can’t wait!

Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. Beautiful tablescape Coco. I’be always loved your collection of horse trophies and sering them all together makes me want to start collecting them too. They’re really pretty

  2. Going to the Kentucky Derby is on my bucket list Coco. I’ve bought a few trophies from Etsy but it’s always more fun to find them on a treasure hunt.

  3. CoCo – we too love to watch the Kentucky Derby each year. We’re all about the hats and the mint juleps LOL! Much love

  4. Julie Briones says:

    Love how you did such an elegant themed table for the Kentucky Derby, Coco! So glad to have you at Homestyle Gathering!

  5. Hi, Coco!
    I’m letting you know that your lovely table setting is one of my features at Homestyle Gathering this week. I love watching the Kentucky Derby! Our family was recently discussing the possibility of planning a trip there together one of these years. Thanks for sharing at HG!

    >>> Kim

    1. Oh my gosh, Kim, thank you! That’s such a sweet surprise. We love the Derby too and I swear we have never seen a nail biter finish like that before. We’re STILL talking about it ha ha. I definitely hope you get to go one day too. Talk about bucket list dream come true! Thank you again for the feature, hugs, CoCo

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