Run for the Roses {140th Kentucky Derby Party}

From the Basketball Boys in Blue to the long standing tradition of the Derby, my Kentucky roots run deep. That’s why I when I realized my fellow Indiana girls didn’t know much about our sweet southern culture, I took it upon myself to spread the love. And now….I think I’ve started a new tradition!

A Few Fun Facts About the Derby:

  • The Kentucky Derby is always the first Saturday in May and is held in Louisville, Kentucky at Churchill Downs
  • There is also more than one race on Derby Day. This year, there were 13 races with the actual Derby being the 11th of the day. 
  • The event is nicknamed “The Greatest Two Minutes In Sports,” because it is so highly anticipated & is over before you know it.
  • Derby Celebrations in Louisville actually kick off the Saturday before Derby with Thunder Over Louisville.
  • Opening night at Churchill Downs is the Friday before Derby and is called The Longines Kentucky Oaks, or simply “The Oaks”. Races run that evening & celebrations are in full swing. An Oaks Lilly is the drink of choice and is mighty delicious! 
  • Attire is Essential!!! Big hats, bow ties, & fancy dresses are required. (not kidding.)
  • Betting on horses is huge. Pick the winner & you win big!
  • Mint Juleps are the official drink of the Kentucky Derby & are not something to be missed.

NOW on to a full recap of last weekend’s 140th Kentucky Derby Tea! 

I find that life is most exciting in the details. I am obsessed with all the details that most people tend to overlook. 

They make the event for me.

These DIY Moss frames gave such a great pop of Spring color! I loved them (and they were SUPER easy to make).

What would a party be without the menu?!
I went all out on this event….especially with the food.

Kentucky Hot Browns are a major tradition in the Commonwealth. They served as the main course for this party.

Also on the menu…

Desserts. NO meal is complete in the south without a dessert. Traditional {Mini} Derby Pies were served of course!

Since this was a Derby Tea…I served homemade House of Grace Tea (as they also serve at every wedding and baby shower in the south) AND Sweet Tea! 

No Derby Party would be complete without mint julep in some form. I chose a wine julep since it was just the ladies.

My homemade Photo Booth & scattered details through the house really tied the theme together perfectly. 

I am sure most of you are wondering where these fabulous Derby printables came from. Well look no further! The Hostess With The Mostess totally completed my party with all her phenomenal {FREE} printables that can be found here. She also offers some incredible awesome recipes & other decorating tips on her blog.

Last but not least, HATS! One of the most well known traditions of the Kentucky Derby is the fabulous hats that come out only at Derby! They’re flashy, over the top, & perfect. Here are some of the lovely ladies in our hats!

And some from the Photo Booth!

I gave out awards for the “MOST Derbyesque Hat” & also, in good fun, the “MOST UN-Derby-like Hat” Award! 

In the Winner’s Circle…


I can’t even begin to describe how much fun I had planning & celebrating something that I am so passionate about! I SO can not wait for next year!

Did you attend any derby festivities? Have you even heard of these sweet traditions?!

Have a wonderful week, friends!

Frankly My Dear…Derby Diva Status Achieved!

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  1. Nina @ Flowers in my Hair
    May 6, 2014 / 12:35 pm

    I saw some of your party on instagram and it looked so fun! These pictures show it off even more (in a good way LOL) Love it!

  2. Paige @ Reasons to Come Home
    May 6, 2014 / 12:54 pm

    How stinkin cute! Love all the details! You did such a fabulous job and it looks like y'all had a great time!

  3. Eat Drink and Be Mary
    May 6, 2014 / 1:10 pm

    Dang girl, I'm so impressed with how all out you went. I LOVE that first grass-looking picture frame and "run for the roses" print inside. The food all looks amazingly, delicious. Did you make those rose cupcakes yourself?! Awesome!!! A couple weekends ago there was a steeple chase in my boyfriend's town, and it was a blast. I can only imagine how fun and exciting it would be to be at the Kentucky derby!ps. Those hat awards are the best!!

  4. Kristen
    May 6, 2014 / 1:18 pm

    this is seriously the most fancy and fabulous thing i have ever seen! love the awards, and your dress is gorgeous!ps. believe me, there are people at the derby that dont get the memo on the attire – jeans / cut offs / no shirts.. i wish i was kidding. lol.

  5. Shayna @ The Fancy Yancey
    May 6, 2014 / 1:26 pm

    Sounds so fun! I would say you didn't miss a detail!!

  6. Jen
    May 6, 2014 / 2:23 pm

    so sad I couldn't make it! It looks like you girls had so much fun!

  7. MakeMeUpMia
    May 6, 2014 / 3:18 pm

    What an AMAZING party!! I had no idea how big a deal the derby was until recently, I love seeing how everyone celebrates it. Beautiful party!

  8. Kristina
    May 6, 2014 / 8:27 pm

    What an awesome party & your decorations are amazing!! I think making my way to the Derby one year should be on my bucket list 🙂

  9. Elise @ Cheers Yall
    May 6, 2014 / 10:52 pm

    EVERYTHING about this is simply fabulous!!!! xx

  10. Zoe {The Latina Lens}
    May 7, 2014 / 12:14 am

    Could this be more fabulous?! You did an awesome job!

  11. Jessi @ Jessi's Design
    May 7, 2014 / 2:45 pm

    OH MY GOSH YOU NAILED IT! I'm pinning these images for next year (when I get to do one!) for sure! love lovex100 Jenni! Great job gal! xoxo

  12. Allison @ Texas Mrs.
    May 7, 2014 / 9:38 pm

    You did so good. I love everything about it. Especially the photo booth!!!

  13. Lisa Loves John
    May 9, 2014 / 4:28 am

    WOW!! Girlfriend!! This is quite the spread!!! It looks amazing! And I love the details… The moss DIY frames and straw flags are way cute!!! Well done!! Xo