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Monday, May 1, 2017

Riders Up

It's time to dust off the fancy hats, drink a few mint juleps and enjoy some delicious Southern food while watching the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby. 

Derby tablescape. 

Derby place setting.  

The place cards are the horses names from a few years ago. I need to update those next year.  

I try to add something new to the derby table each year. This year it was the faux grass surrounded by the white fence.  I found this at Hobby Lobby in the Easter decor.   In the past I would sow Winter rye grass and have fresh grass in the center of the table to display the horse.  It's difficult to find Winter rye here in the Spring time in So. Florida so this works perfectly. 

The horse and rider is made by Breyer.  I purchased this one three years ago at Tuesday Morning. 

I painted the racing silks wine glasses last year using Sharpies. I also painted the white tiles to use as coasters. 

I used an old leather belt to make the napkin rings.  I purchased the snaffle bits from a jewelry finding supplier in Canada last year. 

The little straw hats with the red ribbon roses were used as napkin rings on previous derby tables.   The tiny red ribbon roses were hand made by my late Mother so they are very special to me. 

The traditional mint julep. 

I made this sign for a derby wreath a few years ago. 

I used my Grandmother's antique cut glass compote to hold the grass flat then added silk red roses around it. 

I found the charger cover fabric at Joann Fabrics last year. It's called Kentucky Derby Winners Circle Roses.  It's still available on the website. 

The plate stack starts with the Kentucky Derby fabric covered charger plates.  A black dinner plate goes next then the white basket weave salad plate.  The top plate is a red and white china plate with gold edging.   The pony horseshoes were purchased online a couple years ago.  They are the perfect size for a small plate.  

I painted racing silks on a serving platter and large tile using Sharpies then baked in the oven to cure.   The riding crop and helmet were added to my derby collection last year. 

A friend in North Carolina gave me some old horse show trophies that belonged to a family member a few years ago.  I took the trophies apart and saved the top portion to screw into the hay bales I found at AC Moore.  I normally use them to hold the place cards, but it's was a bit tight on the table this year using the new grass flat to hold the horse in the centerpiece. 

I purchased the velvet riding helmet and riding crop on Ebay last year.

I hand painted white tiles to use as coasters. 

Here is a better picture of the wine glasses and the other serving pieces I painted with Sharpies.

My best friend Cooper was all decked out in his Kentucky Derby scarf last year. 

I wanted a derby garden flag for the front door, but ran out of time to get one on order last year.  I hand painted a silk on cotton fabric using acrylic paint and sealed it with Mod Podge.  

I used a biscuit cutter to make pecan pie bites. 

Some of the derby food from last year.  I made country ham biscuits, cheese, shrimp cocktails, cheese straws and meatballs. 


This post is linked to the following parties: 
Dishing It & Digging It Link Party #146 - Life and Linda
Inspire Me Monday - Week #278 - Create with Joy
Creative Mondays Blog Hop - Claire Justine
Amaze Me Monday #212 - Dwellings - The Heart of your Home
Celebrate Your Story #75 - Celebrate & Decorate with Chloe Crabtree
The Scoop #273 - Stone Gable
373rd Inspire Me Tuesday - A Stroll Thru Life
Talk of the Town #70 - Sadie Seasongoods
Wow Us Wednesdays #324 - Savvy Southern Style
Home & Garden Thursday #72 - A Delightsome Life
450th Tablescape Thursday- Between Naps on the Porch
Thursday's Favorite Things - Katherines Corner
Foodie Friday & Everything Else - Rattlebridge Farm
Vintage Charm #81 - Blue Willow House
Grace at Home #248 - Imparting Grace
TADA! Thursday 46th Edition Link Party - Chatham Hill on the Lake
Home Sweet Home #321 - The Charm of Home
Share Your Style Link Party #116 - 21 Rosemary Lane
Home Matters Linky Party #134 - Life with Lorelai
"Anything Goes" Pink Saturday - How Sweet the Sound
Saturday Sparks LInk Party #218 - Pieced Pastimes


  1. Love this table, and all the interesting components! You always put so much effort into your tables, and the ending result is wonderful! Looks like you're set for a fun-filled Derby Party!! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

    1. Thank you so much Rosie! The derby table is always a fun one to plan and style. I'm looking forward to watch the race this Saturday. :)

  2. Perfect table for the derby. Great centerpiece as well. As usual all of the details are there. Fun and exciting table to enjoy. Have fun watching the race and thank you as always for sharing your table.

    1. Thank you Linda! I look forward to the derby. One of these days I'm going to make the trip to Churchill Downs to see it in person. Thank you for hosting Dishing It & Digging It!

  3. Loving this table and those napkins? I love them, what detail you did.

  4. Catherine, your creativity and imagination never cease to amaze me! Who would have thought of painting the glassware, coasters, and serving pieces with Sharpies? I'm afraid if I tried that it would not look nearly as good as yours, though - but what a fun idea it is. The napkin rings are perfect, the horseshoes, the little straw hats - and the centerpiece is above and beyond! Thanks for sharing another amazing table.

    1. Thank you so much Joy! It was a fun table to style. I loved painting with the Sharpies. I must admit I had several sample runs with various baking temps and times. The first items turned darker when baked. I finally did it at a lower temp and longer and the colors stayed true.

  5. Fabulous derby table!!! So many details!! I love that you made your own chargers from fabric! I hope the race proves to be as exciting as your table!!!

    1. Thank you Ann! I was thrilled to find this Kentucky Derby fabric last year. I hope the race will be exciting. I always look forward to the three races in the triple crown series.

  6. Your table is fabulous! Covering with the roses fabric is genius. There is so much goodness to take in I have to go back and look again. I used to live in So. Florida, amazing you grew the grass. Happy Derby Day tomorrow! :)

    1. Thank you so much Pam. There is a lot happening on this table. lol I used to be able to fill in the dead areas in my yard with Winter wheat grass years ago. I decided to grow some for my centerpiece a couple years ago. It worked well, but I tossed my seed when I moved a year ago. It's so hard to find down this way in the Spring. Everything is sod in this neck of the woods.

  7. Oh my goodness.... This is fantastic! What a creative genius you are. Love the table and all else. I amazed!

    1. Thank you so much Valerie. The Derby is always a fun table to put together.

  8. So cool! We always go out with friends on Kentucky Derby Day. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

    1. Thank you so much Emily! It's one of my favorite tables to style and enjoy while eating and watching the derby. :)

  9. You include so much detail in your lovely tablescapes. The Kentucky Derby tablescape is going down as one of my favorites. Thank you so much for sharing at Vintage Charm.

    1. Thank you so much Sharon! I enjoy the setting up this table every year. Thank you for hosing Vintage Charm!