We’re sharing our vintage-inspired Kentucky Derby Tablescape today!
Whenever people come to our home, Journeys End, and spot equestrian touches throughout, they almost always ask about our 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 the littles take riding lessons as well.
The First Saturday in May…
The Kentucky Derby is typically held on the first Saturday in May.
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 fantastic collection of horse trophies over the years.
They’re not easy to come by anymore.
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, the 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 market.
Creating a Kentucky Derby tablescape doesn’t have to be complicated or fancy though!
Here are a few easy ideas to consider when designing a Kentucky Derby tablescape of your own…
Kentucky Derby Tablescape & Party Supplies:
- Tabletop horse décor
- Vintage Trophies
- Horse Ribbons
- Jockey Silks or numbers
- Derby Hats
- Mint Julep Cups
- Moss or Grass Table Runners or Placemats
- Monogrammed Napkins, Silverware, or Glassware
- Signature Cocktails & Easily Accessible Party Foods
Creating an Easy Centerpiece and Table Runner:
To create our Kentucky Derby tablescape, we began by lining the table with moss sheets. You can find them at most big box craft supply stores.
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.
Easy Kentucky Derby Tablescape Place Settings:
Given the center of the table is pretty full already, we decided to keep the place settings simple.
All of the pieces you see here including the chargers were thrifted finds.
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.
Derby parties seem to run the gamut from fun and festive to sophisticated and elegant.
Run for the Roses…
The traditional flower of the Kentucky Derby is actually a red rose.
But we decided to use white roses and hydrangeas because we had them on hand.
However, my creative friend Carol of Blue Sky At Home created this Derby tablescape with pretty red roses. And Renae from Peacock Ridge put together this elegant Derby tablescape layered with greens and browns.
Both are fabulous if you’re still looking for ideas!
Each year, a garland of more than 400 red roses is sewn into a green satin backing.
The seal of the Commonwealth is on one end and the Twin Spires and the number of the race’s current renewal is on the other.
White and pink roses were used for the first garland in 1896. I’m always amazed at the time and attention they put into sewing the garland together!
Since we’re sharing fun facts about the Kentucky Derby, did you know it’s one of the only sports in which women compete directly against men?
So, whether you’re creating a Kentucky Derby tablescape to host a party, watching with family, wagering friendly bets, or skipping the festivities altogether in favor of snuggling up to watch Secretariat, this weekend is sure to be a festive one.
Let us know how you plan to celebrate in the comments section below!