Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Host a Kentucky Derby Party!

Host your own Kentucky Derby viewing party with these simple entertaining and decor ideas!

Have you ever wanted to host a Kentucky Derby party? Now's your chance! The annual horse race, often referred to as the greatest two minutes in sports, is happening this Saturday May 6th. I've partnered with my friends at hayneedle.com to provide you with some inspiration for hosting your own derby viewing party in style. 

You don't need to spend a ton of time prepping for your party - just place plenty of comfy seating around the TV (if you can hold the party outdoors, even better!), stock a bar cart with mint juleps, and incorporate some fun equestrian details. Oh, and don't forget your floral hat! Read on for more photos of my Kentucky Derby party shoot, and head to Hayneedle's blog for my 7 tips for hosting your own Kentucky Derby party.

Host your own Kentucky Derby viewing party with these simple entertaining and decor ideas!

The weather here in San Antonio has been great, so I set up for our party on the backyard patio. I swapped in a few turquoise pillows on our outdoor sectional and a new chevron rug from Hayneedle to refresh the space for the spring. I also added two rocking chairs for additional comfy seating and a touch of Southern style.

Host your own Kentucky Derby viewing party with these simple entertaining and decor ideas!

Hayneedle had lots of fun equestrian details to incorporate into the Kentucky Derby shoot, like this horse head sculpture that I adorned with a rose wreath as a nod to Derby's "Run for the Roses".

Host your own Kentucky Derby viewing party with these simple entertaining and decor ideas!

Look around your home for accents that could go with the derby theme like an old trophy. I filled this giant trophy with jasmine from our yard.

Host your own Kentucky Derby viewing party with these simple entertaining and decor ideas!

Hayneedle has everything you need to stock your Derby party bar, including the classic mint julep cups in silver, nickel, or copper.

Host your own Kentucky Derby viewing party with these simple entertaining and decor ideas!

This was such a fun party to style and I can't wait to watch the Derby this weekend!

Host your own Kentucky Derby viewing party with these simple entertaining and decor ideas!

Don't miss my tutorials for how to make your own floral derby hat (in under 15 minutes!) and how to create a derby ribbon banner using paper party fans.

Host your own Kentucky Derby viewing party with these simple entertaining and decor ideas!

A shout out to Candice Stringham for taking the photos for this post!


Head to Hayneedle's blog for my 7 tips for hosting your own Kentucky Derby party and check out my idea board for all the products used in our shoot!


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