Celebrate the Kentucky Derby in Style

Kentucky Derby Party - Southern Lady Magazine

Photography by William Dickey
Styling by Adrienne A. Williams

With the Kentucky Derby just around the corner, a celebration with class, polish, and a little healthy competition is in order. No need to make this an adults-only affair, either. There’s plenty for young ones to get excited about, especially when our delectable Kentucky Derby Pie Bars are served. We let Churchill Downs and America’s greatest race inspire a special boy’s baby shower. But many of the ideas—such as silver cup trophy decorations and bow-tie floral accents—can translate to the Derby Day celebration of your choice. Red roses and blue-and-white décor throughout make the party fit for a champion. Add the delicious recipes, and we’re betting your Kentucky Derby festivities are sure to win.

Kentucky Derby Party - Southern Lady Magazine

With the final stretch in sight, this get-together gives the Run for the Roses a run for its money—and cuteness wins by a mile. Order a cake dressed in racing silks and accented with the Derby’s trademark blooms. Create a horseshoe door hanger in little-boy blue—with ends up so the luck won’t run out—and dress up vases of flowers with jockeys’ signature bow ties.

Kentucky Derby Party - Southern Lady Magazine

Classic accents like monogrammed silver julep cups are the perfect nod to Louisville’s particular brand of Southern hospitality. Whether serving lemonade or Mint Juleps, they are the perfect way to dress up your selection of refreshments.

Kentucky Derby Party - Southern Lady Magazine