Red Rose Kentucky Derby Party Ideas

Photography by Candi Noble

This weekend the crowds will gather at Churchill Downs and the horses will “Run for the Roses”, in the 145th Annual Kentucky Derby.  With fabulous fashions and southern traditions, this is the premier horse racing event of the year. Last year, one of my amazing clients was hosting a group of friends at her home for the race, and she asked me to style a party table and beverage station for her.

How to set up the perfect table for your Kentucky Derby Party including finger foods and desserts. Styling by party planner Mint Event Design in Austin Texas www.minteventdesign.com #kentuckyderbyparty #kentuckyderby #partyideas #derbyday #runfortheroses #partytable

We decided on a color scheme of black and white stripes with rose red.  The client wanted to help in creating the party look she was after, she cut out the horse shape for the backdrop and I added the ribbon and the roses. We placed the horse on a black and white striped square with a green backdrop that mimics green grass.

Create the perfect party table backdrop for your Kentucky Derby Party with this striped background and faux grass with a horse silhouette wearing red roses on its mane. Styling by party planner Mint Event Design in Austin Texas www.minteventdesign.com #kentuckyderbyparty #kentuckyderby #partyideas #derbyday #runfortheroses #partytable #partybackdrop

When you work with Mint Event Design you can be as involved in the party styling as you want, I work hard to create the celebration of your dreams.  You can help in the creation, or leave it all up to me, the choice is yours.

For the food, we decided to serve small bites that included Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders, cucumber bites and a fruit plate, I labeled everything with printable table cards from Elva M Design.

Food Ideas for a Kentucky Derby party include Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders. Styling by party planner Mint Event Design in Austin Texas www.minteventdesign.com
Cucumber Bites are a great appetizer idea for a Kentucky Derby party. Styling by party planner Mint Event Design in Austin Texas www.minteventdesign.com
Cute food labels for a Kentucky Derby party. Styling by Mint Event Design www.minteventdesign.com
Cute Kentucky Derby themed party cut outs are perfect added to napkins that are tied together with red ribbon. Styling by Mint Event Design www.minteventdesign.com

Because no party is complete without a few sweets I asked Dream Bakery Austin to create some red rose cupcakes, which turned out lovely, and horse shaped sugar cookies.

Rose shaped cupcakes are the perfect choice for a Kentucky Derby party. Cupcakes by Dream Bakery Austin and Styling by party planner Mint Event Design in Austin Texas www.minteventdesign.com
Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby Cupcakes frosted with red roses. Styling by party planner Mint Event Design www.minteventdesign.com
Horse shaped sugar cookies are the perfect party dessert for a Kentucky Derby party. By Mint Event Design www.minteventdesign.com
Red, black and white Kentucky Derby party ideas - including the cutest black and white frosted horse shaped sugar cookies. By Mint Event Design www.minteventdesign.com

I placed everything on a black tablecloth, and added rose petals in a glass apothecary jar, then added roses and horse figurines throughout.  I also added a little pop of color, with the green grass vase.I used stands of varying sizes and colors to create different levels on my table.  This helps create visual interest and makes a party table look beautiful.

Red, black, and white Kentucky Derby Party Ideas from Mint Event Design www.minteventdesign.com
Cute rose themed party decor at this Fab Kentucky Derby party included red roses in an apothecary jar. See more at Mint Event Design www.minteventdesign.com
Food Ideas for a Kentucky Derby Party from Mint Event Design www.minteventdesign.com
Red Party Ideas for a Kentucky Derby Party include cupcakes frosted to resemble red roses. From Mint Event Design www.minteventdesign.com

Now let’s move over to the drink station, for the backdrop we used paper fans in our party colors of red, black, and white. Then I added different race themed shapes. We kept things simple and just served lemonade.  I used a clear glass dispenser to serve it and of course simple doesn’t mean “ugly”, so I also added cute black and white paper straws with a themed cut out.

Dress up your Kentucky Derby Drink station with paper fans in your party colors. Add horse shaped cut-outs to add more detail to them. Created by party planner Mint Event Design www.minteventdesign.com #kentuckyderbyparty #kentuckyderby #partyideas #derbyday #runfortheroses #partybackdrop

We used these adorable and cheeky clear cups that say, “Talk Derby to Me,” and I added paper straws with more cut outs. The cut outs I used throughout the party were from Sugar Parties LA. To complete the look I added red roses in a silver vase.

Red, black, and white Kentucky Derby Party ideas from Mint Event Design #kentuckyderbyparty #kentuckyderby #partyideas #derbyday #runfortheroses
Talk Derby to Me with these creative drink cups for a Kentucky Derby Party. See lots more party ideas on Mint Event Design www.minteventdesign.com #kentuckyderbyparty #kentuckyderby #partyideas #derbyday #runfortheroses #partydrink

Will you be watching the derby this weekend? Let me know in the comments below.  

Kentucky Derby Party Table Inspiration - with red rose cupcakes, appetizers and the perfect party backdrop diy. See lots more on Mint Event Design www.minteventdesign.com #kentuckyderbyparty #kentuckyderby #partyideas #derbyday #runfortheroses #partybackdrop

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Red Rose Kentucky Derby Party Ideas including layouts for a food table and drink station with “Talk Derby to Me” Decals for your glasses. Styling by Mint Event Design in Austin Texas www.minteventdesign.com #kentuckyderbyparty #kentuckyderby #partyideas #derbyday #runfortheroses #tabledecor

Vendor Credits

Baker: Dream Bakery Austin
Cutouts: Sugar Parties LA
Printables: Elva M Design

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