It’s a tradition that has stretched back to the first race in 1875 where Aristides raced 1.5 miles for the win. For over 140 years thousands have thronged to Louisville and Churchill Downs for the iconic horse race. Over the years there are specific elements that have become inexplicably connected to the Kentucky Derby, including roses, the Mint Julep, and large, lavish hats. It’s truly an experience for all in attendance. However, you don’t have to make the trip to Churchill Downs or even the great state of Kentucky to experience the fun of the Kentucky Derby! Thanks to NBC, you can watch the Kentucky Derby from your own living room!
Take your cue from the Kentucky Derby’s nickname, the Run for the Roses, and decorate with the classic flower. I chose blush-colored roses and coordinating companions to create a beautiful floral arrangement to use as a focal point at my Kentucky Derby viewing party this Saturday.
Kentucky Derby Floral Arrangement
To create the perfect Kentucky Derby Floral Arrangement, I began with a silver trophy urn as a vase. I then chose complimentary shades and varieties, as well as some greenery for color and texture.
The next simple steps of this flower arrangement go as follows:
- Start by adding the largest flowers first.
- Add in the other sizes of flowers in order working toward the smallest.
- As you add in flowers, work in a circle, turning the vase as you go to achieve symmetry.
- After all varieties of flowers have been added in, move on to the greenery.
- Check all sides of the arrangement for any final adjustments.
- Display your arrangement in a prominent place where you can “wow” your guests!
In addition to the large floral arrangement, I also use the iconic Mint Julep cups to create smaller, individualized arrangements following the same process. Take a look at the understated beauty. Just gorgeous.
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Polyester Floral Ribbon or Card Stock
Step 1- Cut ribbon into 15″ lengths.
Step 2- Fold ribbon into a zig zag.
Step 3- Glue ends together with hot glue.
Step 4- Attach the printable image to center with hot glue. You can download the image for free right here.
Step 5- Add two additional ribbon pieces to the back and bottom.
Step 6- Affix to the front of your vase.
Don’t forget to tune into NBC this Saturday for the roses, hats, Mint Juleps, and the iconic racing!
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