Now for the derby party table…
Why not dream up a beautiful collected tabletop for a derby dinner party after everyone watches the 14oth Run For The Roses!
No tablecloth, just let your beautiful wood table be accented by some lovely placemats and napkins like these from Debra Rhodes. I love the red triple hemstitched napkins, with the woven beaded placemats in red to accent the china I will show you below. Or perhaps the same triple hemstitched napkins in green with a green woven placemat that would look beautiful with the “Thoroughbred” accent china!
So now that we have our table linens, flowers will be our next “key ingredient”. Last Saturday I had an antiquing/play day in Cashiers and Highland, NC and found these delightful little faux bois flower vases. They come in little 7 inch pieces of “fence” and the “gate” piece is about 5 ½ inches. I decided to buy enough to make a little square garden or in the case of a derby table, my own little paddock! One could add a tray of wheat grass to the center of the “paddock” and then fill the vases with a few flowers or greens from the yard.
I would add one of my antique trophy cups to the center of the “paddock” and fill with some fresh red roses , for the Running of the Roses”. I might add some of the roses to the fence vases, along with greenery . But if you don’t have the time or inclination to do floral arrangements, these delightful little vases would be perfect for your derby table, just forming a sweet little paddock, perhaps with just a few sprigs of greenery from the yard.
Antique/vintage trophy cups are fairly easy to find- or perhaps you have a few in your collections!
Now that we have the flowers, what kind of china would work for your derby dinner party? Oh my , there are so many choices! I always seem to go to Julie Wear’s lovely patterns for an equestrian table. I would select her Cheval Chestnut Brown pattern for this table and mix it with her Thoroughbred pattern.
Now that you have your beautiful table set for the party, relax and have a nice cool mint julep before dinner.
Image from Gun and Garden
But only one mint julep just now, since you have this yummy sounding menu to prepare!