It’s spring in Kentucky which means only one thing, it’s Derby Time!! I know that you’ve heard me say it before, but Derby time in Kentucky is one of my most favorite times of the year. There are loads of great activities for families and the whole city puts on a great show to welcome everyone to town. We have had a Kentucky Derby Party several times – it’s usually very kid friendly and casual. This year I was inspired to plan something a bit more fancy, and have been pinning Kentucky Derby Party ideas like a mad woman.
The Kentucky Derby is also known as the “Run for the Roses” because of the large and gorgeous blanket of roses that is draped over the winning horse at the end of the race. I was so inspired by the red of the roses that I thought I’d plan a black, white and red Derby Party this year. Even though the stores are stocked with Derby partyware every year, I can never seem to find just what I’m looking for. So I designed a set of printables to perfectly coordinate with my Derby Party, and the good news is that I’m sharing these printables with you. I’ve made for you this Kentucky Derby Subway Art Printable and … printable cupcake pics (just print and punch out with a 2 1/2” circle scallop punch). I’ve also included centers for these fun prize ribbons. You just make a rosette out of scrapbook paper and hot glue the ribbons to the back and the printable centers to the front. Since I worked so hard to design a set of perfectly coordinated party decorations, I also wanted to find a set of perfectly coordinated disposable tableware. I wanted it to be disposable but still nice. I ended up going with the Chinet® Cut Crystal® products. They coordinate perfectly with each other (they all have the same swirl pattern) and they are clear so they go with everything I already had. No worrying about finding the perfect shade of red for the plates.
My favorite thing about the Chinet® Cut Crystal® plates is that it has a center that is flat, so I could add my own image to the plate. Making for totally custom disposable dinner plates! I simply printed the image out on my printer, then cut it out the size of the plate center (which is just under 7″). I then used a tiny bit of spray mount and glued the image to the back of the plate. Since the image is on the back of the plate, you can still use the dinnerware… it’s disposable anyway, so why not add a pop of something to the plate? I’ve also included printables (just the right size) of the two dinner plate images for you.
You can find all of the printables on my template page.
No party is complete without a fun banner!! You can also download this fun “Run for the Roses” banner.
Don’t you just love the paper bow ties on the glasses? You can find loads of free bow tie templates online, or cut them out with an e-cutting machine if you have one.
If you’d like to see even more Kentucky Derby Party ideas, check out my Pinterest board, sponsored by the Chinet® brand – from practical ideas to “my absolute dream” party ideas, you’ll find loads of great ideas to make your Derby Party perfect…
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