Make a Kentucky Derby Party Centerpiece

Show off your race day spirit with this festive decoration.
Derby Centerpiece

Derby Centerpiece

This equestrian craft puts a little piece of the Kentucky Derby in your own home.

Photo by: Image courtesy of Melissa Caughey

Image courtesy of Melissa Caughey

This equestrian craft puts a little piece of the Kentucky Derby in your own home.

Festive hats, mint juleps, horses, and the grounds of Churchill Downs all come to mind when I think about the Kentucky Derby.  This year the Derby celebrates its 139th running.  Each year the winner is presented with a living quilt comprised of red roses and greenery in addition to a beautiful gold trophy.  I found inspiration in these time-honored traditions and created a centerpiece fit for the "Run for the Roses."


  • A waterproof planting vessel
  • Roses
  • Assorted floral greenery
  • Fresh mint sprigs
  • Plastic horse
  • Fresh flower floral foam
  • Sharp knife
  • Scissors
  • Floral wire
  • Red ribbon
  • Water
  • Hot glue gun

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Derby Party Centerpiece How-To

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Kentucky Derby Party Centerpiece

This centerpiece will steal the show at your Kentucky Derby Party.

Photo By: Melissa Caughey

Gather Supplies

A quick trip to the local grocery store and craft store will get you started.

Photo By: Melissa Caughey

Create the Base

Trim the floral foam with a knife to fit snugly inside the planter. If necessary, to keep it from floating up, wedge a few smaller pieces of foam into the sides or use some floral tape. Next add some water.

Add Some Greens

Trim and add the greens of your choice around the outside of the arrangement.

Work From the Outside

Trim the rose stems and closely arrange them, working from the outside of the arrangement to the center.

Blanket of Roses

Fill the entire arrangement with roses, trimming the stems as necessary.

Lasso the Horse

Cut approximately 12 inches of floral wire and wrap this around the mid-section of the horse. Twist it tightly a few times.

Photo By: Melissa Caughey

Recycle a Rose Stem

Use a discarded rose stem to serve as a dowel. Wrap the wire around the stem tightly then place the horse in the center of the arrangement.

Photo By: Melissa Caughey

Conceal the Wire and Add Mint

Trim a small piece of ribbon and hot glue it into place over the floral wire on the horse's back. Tuck in the sprigs of mint around the outside of the arrangement. Then add more water to the arrangement as needed.

Photo By: Melissa Caughey

Your Derby Party is Ready

Perhaps add white, red and green linens and place settings for the finishing touch to your centerpiece.

Photo By: Melissa Caughey

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