Churchill Spire Kentucky Derby Invitations

Churchill Spire Kentucky Derby Invitations from |

One of the most recognized landmarks, the twin spires atop the Churchill Downs grandstands are often seen as the a logo and symbol of the track and the Kentucky Derby.

These Churchill Downs Steeple Kentucky Derby Invitations are a great way to invite guests to your Kentucky Derby Party for an afternoon of food, fun and horse racing. Don't forget to wear your big hats or bow ties!

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Elegantly Folded Napkins for the Perfect Derby Table

Elegantly Folded Napkins for the Perfect Derby Table |

An elegantly folded napkin at your dinner party is a skill you can quickly teach yourself. We love this look and the napkin pattern for a Kentucky Derby party. A creatively folded napkin adds such a special touch to your table setting and it’s easy to do, with the step-by-step instructions and photos that you’ll find in Top 100 Step-by-Step Napkin Folds by Denise Vivaldo.

Elegant Front Runner Kentucky Derby Party Ideas

An elegant Kentucky Derby party starts with beautiful invitations that give your guests a glimpse of what you have planned. For a party theme  and decorating, combine red roses, with white and gold accents in your centerpieces and even your dessert with a red velvet cake.

Mint Juleps served in silver cups or silver plastic cups are best served with shaved or cracked ice and look beautiful garnished with a sprig of mint and a straw or stir stick.

Derby themed party favors are a great way to say thanks to your guests for attending your event.  Boxes or cello bags decorated to match your invitations and theme filled with trinkets or treats will be appreciated.

Sources: Rose Centerpiece, Front Runner Favor Box, Mint Julep Recipes, Front Runner Kentucky Derby Party Invitations, Front Runner Cello Party Favors, Red Velvet Cake

Movies: The Kentucky Derby 1922

Movies: The Kentucky Derby 1922

"The Kentucky Derby" movie released in 1922, is the tale of dirty work afoot in old Kentucky when a rival decides his horse will have a better chance of winning if the son of the owner isn't around.  He has him shanghaied onto a tramp freighter and gets the jockey in his debt through a crooked gambling game. Airplanes, ship-wrecks, sea storms, kidnapping, frame-up and much skull-duggery prior to the race.

The movie stars Reginald Denny, Lillian Rich, Emmett King

Kentucky Derby Red Velvet Cake

Love, love, love a red velvet cake for a Kentucky Derby party that would carry through the red of the Run for the Roses theme to the party. When exploring Pinterest, (don't you just love it!), I found this beautiful red velvet cake with a gold horse on the top. I clicked every link and couldn't find the correct source for this creation (if you have it, please let me know.)  For the horse topper, you could find a plastic horse the size you need for your cake and spray paint it gold. (Check that the painted piece is food-safe to sit on your frosting.) 

Kentucky Derby Red Velvet Cake |

Then, I fell in  love with frosting of white roses on a red velvet cake  from, but thought there was no way ever I could make these roses.  

Kentucky Derby Red Velvet Cake |

Much to my delight, Casey included a video on how to make these roses. After watching it, I think I could actually make them and hopefully as beautiful as these cakes.

Felt Roses for Kentucky Derby Decor

Felt Roses for Kentucky Derby Decor |

These felt roses would be beautiful in red or as shown for decorating your Kentucky Derby party. 

Felt Rose Wreth for Kentucky Derby Decor |

Pretty Petals offers an on-line tutorial with all the instructions on how to create the felt roses along with many other types of flowers and they are all no sew!

Kentucky Derby Fashions: 1930

Kentucky Derby Fashions: 1930 |

Fashions may change through the years, but one thing that has remained the same, the Kentucky Derby is the occasion to look your best.  The size of the hats may be smaller, the the elaborate outfits of these women in the 1930's are stunning from their large bead necklaces to their gloves and fashionable hose and heels. The men behind them are smartly dressed in suits and hats for a day at the track.

Kentucky Derby Fashions: 1930 |

Kentucky Derby Blueberry Mint Juleps

Kentucky Derby Blueberry Mint Juleps |

If traditional Mint Juleps aren't your thing, try these delicious Blueberry Mint Juleps. I love how Jessica of HowSweetItIs described her discovery of adding blueberries to concoct these insanely delicious cocktails. Seriously, you don't have to wait until the Kentucky Derby to make these. As she said, they sound like a great Friday night cocktail to me!

Ingredients are all for ONE cocktail:
2 1/2 ounces bourbon
1 ounce mint simple syrup
1 ounce mint blueberry puree
crushed ice
fresh mint leaves

For the mint simple syrup:
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup water
1 bunch of mint leaves

For the blueberry mint puree:
2/3 cup fresh blueberries
2 tablespoons mint simple syrup

Be sure to make enough of the simple syrup and blueberry mint puree for your party ahead of time so you don't run out during the party!  This recipe is for ONE cocktail so multiple by how many servings you need for your party.