Kentucky Derby Party Ideas {and a Chinet® Giveaway}

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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.

Kentucky Derby Party Ideas and printables on 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. Kentucky Derby Party Ideas on 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. Kentucky Derby Party Ideas on I’ve made for you this Kentucky Derby Subway Art Printable and Kentucky Derby Party Ideas on … printable cupcake pics (just print and punch out with a 2 1/2” circle scallop punch). Kentucky Derby Party Ideas on 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. Kentucky Derby Party Ideas on 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.

Kentucky Derby Party Ideas and printables on 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. Kentucky Derby Party Ideas on Kentucky Derby Party Ideas on 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.


Kentucky Derby Party Ideas and printables on No party is complete without a fun banner!! You can also download this fun “Run for the Roses” banner. Kentucky Derby Party Ideas on

Kentucky Derby Party Ideas and printables on


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. Kentucky Derby Party Ideas on

Kentucky Derby Party Ideas and printables on
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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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 Also be sure to check out the Chinet® Pinterest Page  I found lots of great ideas there when I was planning out my party. Now tell me: How do you make your occasions perfectly coordinated?

Other Derby Ideas you may like:

How to make a hat for the Kentucky Derby- perfect for kids parties or school!

How to make a Kids Derby Hat

DIY Gold Foil Artwork Tutorial (and free printable) on

My Old Kentucky Home Gold Foil Artwork

How to make Paper Prize Ribbons and Rosettes on

How to Make Paper Prize Ribbons


DIY Derby Party Favors


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Melissa Mortenson is the author of the Polka Dot Chair blog which is in its 7th year of sharing fresh and creative ideas with readers. She is the author of “Project Teen, Handmade Gifts your Teen will Actually Love”. Her first fabric line “Derby Style” debuted in January 2015 through Riley Blake Designs. A mom of 3, she considers herself lucky to be living in Kentucky.


  1. Jamie says

    I coordinate my events by setting up matching, classy decorations. I like wall and hanging decorations. I serve food on plates that match the theme and try to have to food go along with it too. The final touch is music, I try and download all the music that I think will fit perfectly with the theme and bring up peoples spirits


    Depending on the holiday, I have color coordinated napkins, plates, flowers, and knick knacks on the table.

  3. says

    I use Pinterest, make lists, and plan like crazy. I love party planning and often design my own party decor and cupcake toppers to give everything that unique and personal touch.

  4. Robyn L says

    Well I learned from my mother that every table is theme coordinated, from the table cloth to napkins to the centerpieces, to the candles, even to the flatware and which plate setting to use. I even like to coordinate down to my desserts, for instance match my cupcake liners to the napkins etc. I love your post and you have such wonderful ideas! You have a new follower here!

  5. yana ryjova says

    I always coordinate. Not usually a theme but two colors that look good together. Thanks for the chance.

  6. Carolsue says

    I match all my plates, napkins, and decorations to revolve around the theme I have come up with for that occasion!
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  7. lauren knott says

    Your party looks amazing! I love to entertain and will have to check out these products and pinterest.

  8. linda says

    I am a crappy hostess. I just start pulling out pieces from my very eclectic collection of china, linens, pottery and flea market treasures and layer, ad and subtract until I like how it feels.

  9. Christian Alejandro says

    I like to use my girlfriend’s brain for stuff like this. Most of the time we pick a theme and stick to it by buying things in matching colors.

  10. Dorothy Hubbard says

    I like color, so I pick one and go with thru the whole day, from flowers to setting’s and I try also to make the food color match as much as I can too.

  11. Valeen N says

    I love to go to the fabric store and get fabric for a tablecloth, and napkins. I also love to coordinate with fresh flowers and of course, matching plates, napkins, etc.!

  12. Jacqueline Weiskopff says

    I love how you coordinated your “Derby” party. It’s been a couple years since I have hosted a party as I am in transition between residences. Your web inspires me to plan a party soon.

  13. Kathy Pease says

    I like to browse magazines like better home and garden for inspiration. I usually find a lot of cheap decorations and coordinates at our local dollar store,they have a great selection

  14. susan smoaks says

    I make my special occasions perfectly coordinated by going with a simple clean look. I try not to over do it. it keeps things neat and orderly.

  15. Sarah L says

    I don’t think I’ve ever had a coordinated dinner party. I like white napkins and my white dinnerware. Other than that, I’m no Martha Stewart.
    Thanks for the contest.

  16. Tabathia B says

    I usually don’t becaue of the number of kids in my immediate family but I try to have wine glasses available for those who drink wine

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  17. Becky Richied says

    I actually like to decorate around the food that I am preparing it works out better for me.

  18. Heidi Brewer says

    i tried to download the plate template for your derby party. I subscribed to your email and got the code and it said the link is no longer available. Is there anyway to get a download sent to my email?
    Heidi Brewer.


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