Simple Derby Day Tablescape


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Derby Day tablescape designed by entertaining blogger Stephanie Ziajka on Diary of a Debutante

Derby Day is (once again) right around the corner! In case you didn’t know, the Kentucky Derby is traditionally held on the first Saturday in May, but it was rescheduled for Saturday, September 5th due to COVID. I’m not sure what Churchill Downs will look like this year (they’re allowing 23,000 guests versus 150,000 in prior years), but I do know that Derby Day is and will continue to be my favorite excuse to get dressed up, wear fancy hats, and drink mint juleps at home! If you’re hosting an intimate watch party– or even a virtual watch party, it’s still fun to decorate and pretend like 2020 hasn’t completely thrown our lives out of whack, right?! So, on that note, I’m sharing a fun little Kentucky Derby party tablescape in today’s post!

A lot of the Derby Day table decorations are DIY, and pretty much everything else is available on Amazon. Keep reading for full Derby Day tablescape details!

Derby Day Tablescape

Derby Day table decorations designed by entertaining blogger Stephanie Ziajka on Diary of a Debutante

Yes, Derby Day is traditionally all about red roses. However, instead of the classic “Run for the Roses” theme, I decided to go the softer route and use pink instead. It’s just prettier in my opinion and reminds me more of the Kentucky Derby and less of Christmas. Here’s everything I used to style this Derby Day tablescape–

  • Pink and white gingham tablecloth– If I’m being honest, I own four of these gingham tablecloths. They’re great quality, and you can’t beat the price point!
  • Pink and white gingham napkins– These matching gingham napkins could legitimately double as kitchen towels if you wanted them to. Seriously, you can’t beat the quality!
  • Mini horseshoe place cards– I found these on Amazon and just fell in love! If you want to use different place cards, these would also make fun little party favors, too. 
  • DIY boxwood wreath chargers– Learn how to make them here!
  • Galvanized charger plates– To incorporate more silver into the Derby Day tablescape, I layered my DIY boxwood wreaths on top of these galvanized plates. 
  • Classic silver julep cups– Derby Day isn’t Derby Day without mint juleps, and mint juleps aren’t mint juleps without classic julep cups! 
  • Beaded dinner platesKyle and I found our plates at a Home Goods in Maine like… five years ago, so I’m linking a similar set from Pottery Barn!
  • Silverware– No real frills here–  just classic silverware. Kyle’s dad bought us this set, and we use it daily. 
  • Floral centerpiece– I had a lot of fun putting this Kentucky Derby centerpiece together! I used a copper vase (wanted to use a plastic silver revere bowl but couldn’t get it in time) and bought some pink roses, white rose lilies, mixed greenery, and baby’s breath from Gerbes. Cost me less than $20!

I also included some mini mint julep kits, too, although I left out the bows, crinkle paper, and paper straws!

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Super cute, right?! And I love that I can reuse these DIY boxwood wreath chargers over the holidays, too!

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Thanks so much for reading, y’all! As always, please let me know if you have questions about the quality or sizing of any of these Derby Day table decorations. I do this for a living, and I’m happy to help! Also, who’s going to be watching the race is Saturday?! If you need some fun Derby Day drink ideas, this frozen mint julep punch is to die for!

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