Derby Day comes on the first Saturday of every May, an historic event that’s celebrated all over the US. But the real party takes place in Louisville. When you host a Derby party this year, craft DIY elements to make your table look perfect.
The Derby is known as the Run for the Roses, so it helps to use the flowers as theme for your event. Real roses are costly, so turn your napkins to blooms instead.
Fold green napkins into squares. For some napkins, it may not be necessary to make initial folds to get the right shape. Take your square and fold along one diagonal to make a triangle. Fold the shape in half, then fold in half once more. Set this aside.
Take a red napkin and fold it into a square. Then repeat your diagonal fold from before to make a triangle. Lay the triangle before you with the long edge facing away from your body. Take the bottom corner and fold it up so that it pokes just above the long edge. Fold the resulting straight edge upward so that it rests just under your long edge.
Roll the red napkin from either end. Roll slowly, and guide the fabric, to create a uniform shape. Place the napkin rose in the middle of the green napkin, and you’ve got a bright red rose with leaves.
Make an affordable centerpiece for your Derby Day table without spending a ton of money on flowers. To really get the wow effect, begin working on your centerpiece at the beginning of April. Get a shallow glass bowl and fill it halfway with quality soil. Broadcast grass seeds lightly across the top, and water it thoroughly.
Place the bowl in sunlight and water it every other day or every two days. By the time Derby Day rolls around, the grass should be growing in quite thick and attractive-looking. Stuff rose blossoms around the edges, and create a little winner’s circle to decorate the table.
Stack some themed cupcakes on the table to really make your Derby party stand out. Flavor white cupcakes with mint and a little whiskey, top them with white icing and a mint leaf and you’ve got mint julep cupcakes. Top chocolate cupcakes with red icing in the form of an open rose blossom, and you’ve got gorgeous Derby rose cupcakes. Get creative – you can even put miniature horses on your cakes, or color them to match the jockeys’ silks.
DIY Derby Hats
Make your own DIY Derby hats for guests to wear and decorate as they will.
Cut a big circle out of a large piece of paper, then cut a smaller circle inside it. Attach a strip of paper to stand up from the center circle and then re-attach the circle you cut out to make a wide-brimmed hat. Decorate it with paper flowers and other Derby-friendly elements to make Derby hats. You can even set up a small craft area so guests can decorate their own paper hats.
Set your table with DIY decorations, crafts and edibles that enhance your Derby party theme. Celebrate an event that’s unique to Louisville, and show off your distinct DIY style.