22 Apr

“Preppy Paddock” Kentucky Derby Party Theme + Canon Rebel T3 Camera Package Giveaway!!

Canon Rebel T3 Giveaway from 14 Hands Vineyards

Winner update: 4/29/13: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winner is… Commenter #229 BLOVELY EVENTS! Congrats!


The 139th Annual Kentucky Derby is just a couple weeks away, and that means you’ve got the perfect excuse to get together with friends for fantastic food, drinks, and Southern traditions. And we can’t forget the element of dress-up, of course… which is one of the things that make Derby celebrations  – and the pictures from them – so totally fun & unique!

And speaking of Derby celebrations, I’m SUPER EXCITED to share that we’ve partnered with 14 Hands Vineyards again this year to bring you the following fun stuff:
……….1) Creative Kentucky Derby party ideas (including food, drinks & decor)
……….2) A brand new set of free Derby party printables, and…
……….3) Drumroll please… a fabulous DSLR CAMERA GIVEAWAY PACKAGE valued at nearly $600!

That’s right… one lucky reader will receive a Canon EOS Rebel T3 with Deluxe Accessories Kit + $100 worth of Photo Props, which should make it especially easy to capture all those fun party memories from the Derby and beyond! ;) Must be 21+ to enter. Please see official entry guidelines at the bottom of this post.

kentucky derby party centerpiece - painted horses with bow ties in DIY paddock


14 Hands is the official wine sponsor of the Kentucky Derby this year, which means it will be featured at Churchill Downs all throughout Derby Week… not to mention enjoyed by the very important guests in my own living room on May 4th. ;) We created a vintage-modern style Derby theme for 14 Hands last year, so I wanted to go a different direction this time… Inspired by the preppy fashion often donned at the Derby, this new “Preppy Paddock” theme features a fresh garden party vibe, bow-ties, preppy patterns, and bright pops of color!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

……..– “Watering Hole” Drink Station with plant holders used for wine and water displays
……..– DIY “Party Paddock” Centerpiece with bow-tie bedecked horses
……..– Southern-inspired small bites like Mini Hot Browns and Ham Stuffed Biscuits with Mustard Butter
……..– Homemade Bourbon Peach Pie Pops and Kentucky Bourbon Puddings
……..– Playful photo props for fun picture-taking + free printable “Photo Finish” sign

Scroll down for an overview of the party, and check out additional images in the full party album.

Kentucky Derby Party drink station - wine glasses & cocktails

homemade peach pie pops with bow ties

Run for the Roses Free Printable Sign

Kentucky Derby Party Food Table - Appetizer Ideas

Ham Stuffed Biscuits with Spicy Brown Mustard Butter

Mini Hot Browns - Derby Appetizer

Southern Cornbread Crostini - Derby Party Appetizer

Kentucky Derby Winner's Circle Centerpiece

Watering Hole Drink Station - 14 Hands Wine

DIY Moss Sign with Free Kentucky Derby Party Printables

14 Hands Wine

wine glasses with bow tie drink markers

kentucky derby water bottles and orange mint juleps

Kentucky Derby party decorations and banner

kentucky bourbon puddings via sprinkle bakes

kentucky bourbon balls and pie pops

kentucky derby photo booth props

Alyssa & Renee had fun modeling the photo booth props! ;)

diy painted wooden photo booth props


As I mentioned earlier, this theme was inspired by the preppy fashion you often see at the Derby, which is represented through bow ties and the preppy style of the party printables. Sheet moss was also incorporated for a fresh spring/garden vibe. I really had fun working on this theme and hope you enjoy it too! You can download all of the party printables for free right here.

My own favorite elements are probably the DIY “Party Paddock” centerpiece, Bourbon-Peach Pie Pops (embellished with bow-ties!) and “Watering Hole” wine bottle display. While browsing the garden section at HomeGoods, I stumbled on an awesome water faucet themed plant holder and couldn’t resist turning it into a creative display for the white wine! A modern white window box planter was also used for the water bottles.


Fabric Bow Ties: (DIY Tutorial coming Friday!) We made 3 different sizes of bow ties using different colors of scrap fabric. The smallest bow ties were used as drink markers on the wine glasses, and also to dress up toy horses. The medium bow ties were used to embellish vases, and the largest ones were hot glued to wooden dowels for photo booth props.

Moss-covered Frames: Unfinished wooden frames ($1 each at Michaels) were covered with sheet moss & used to display free printable 4×6 signs

Preppy Horses: Toy horses were spray painted & embellished with mini fabric bow ties

Party Paddock Centerpiece: The preppy horses needed a place to party, and this one was fashioned from styrofoam, moss, and inexpensive wooden fences found in the wood crafts aisle Michaels. (The fences were $1.29 each). DIY Tutorial coming next week!

Winner’s Cup Arrangements: Trophy-shaped vases were embellished with printable labels and filled with yellow and white flowers, (white Stock, Queen Anne’s Lace, Billy Balls, and Dahlias) + printable “Win, Place, Show” pennant flags

Paper Diamond Garlands: craft punches were used to punch diamond shapes, then attached together using fishing wire. These were used to embellish around “The Watering Hole” wine buckets, pie pop display and they would be great table runners!

Wooden Photo Booth Props: from Etsy shop Say Hello were painted with acrylic craft paint and hot glued to wooden dowels


– Cornbread Crostini (recipe via Southern Living)
– Ham Stuffed Biscuits with Mustard Butter (recipe via MyRecipes.com)
– Mini Hot Browns (modified from this recipe & cut into diamond shapes to match the patterns in the party)
– Veggies & Dip
– Peach Bourbon Pie Pops (recipe via The Wicked Noodle) embellished with bow ties
– Kentucky Bourbon Balls (recipe via AllRecipes.com)
– Bourbon Puddings (recipe via Sprinkle Bakes)
– 14 Hands Wine: Cabernet, Chardonnay, Hot to Trot Red Blend, & Hot to Trot White Blend
Orange-Tangerine Mint Juleps
– Water bottles embellished with printable bottle labels


Partner: 14 Hands Vineyards
Party Styling, Food/Drinks & Photography: Hostess with the Mostess
Free Printables: Hostess with the Mostess


how to enter


Post a comment below mentioning a favorite detail from the Preppy Paddock theme OR which of the 14 Hands wines you’d most like to try! (Click here to see the full wine list.)

Giveaway Guidelines:
– Must be 21+ to enter
– Residents of TN, UT, and Rhode Island are not eligible due to state laws.
– Winner will be randomly chosen

Prize Details:
Canon EOS Rebel T3 12.2 Megapixel DSLR + Deluxe Accessories Kit – $479.95 value
– $100 in Photo Props

Giveaway ends Sunday, April 28th at Midnight PST. Winner will be randomly selected & notified on Monday, April 29th. Must respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

Leave a Comment



Beautiful! The Kentucky Bourbon Puddings.

Reply April 27, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Melissa mcclure SAYS:

Love the spray painted horses.:)

Reply April 27, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Cindty H SAYS:

Oh my! The party theme is fab. Love the colour scheme; it complements the food. It is the food that grabs my attention. It looks amazing! The cornbread crostini, ham stuffed biscuits and mini hot browns! The sweets look equally good. Thanks so much for posting the recipe links! I can’t hardly wait to try them out. How can I choose a favorite?

Reply April 27, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Marla Lagoski SAYS:

What a fun party!!!! I know it is a very small part of the decor, but the little bow ties on the wine glasses are so adorable!!! All of the food looks so yummy, but those mini hot browns would sure taste good right now. :o)

Reply April 27, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Crystal Prendiz SAYS:

Absolutely love the photo booth idea and props.

Reply April 27, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Nicole SAYS:

I love the bow ties on the wine glasses! Such a unique way to know which glass is yours!

Reply April 27, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Melinda Bertrand SAYS:

Loving the bowties on the wine glasses and on the vases.

Reply April 27, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Kelly Zusan SAYS:

I love the glasses on a stick.
The food made me very hungry and I am game for trying pretty much any kind of wine.

Reply April 27, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Joyce Ostermiller SAYS:

I like the big eye glasses and bow ties.

Reply April 27, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Tieshia SAYS:

It all look fab

Reply April 27, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Susan SAYS:

Those mini hot browns and bourbon pudding look yummy. I’m going to look up those recipes. Also love the mossy frames!

Reply April 27, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Christina Z SAYS:

I love the whole theme and the Hot Browns look so good and would love to try the Hot to Trot White Blend

Reply April 27, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Emily SAYS:

Omg….the eyeglass photo prop booths are the cutest!! Thanks for the chance to win!

Reply April 27, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Asami Tezeno SAYS:

I think my favorite detail of the Preppy Paddock theme would be the Kentucky Bourbon Peach Pie Pops!! How clever is that? Cake pops are one thing, but to keep it a Southern tradition, I am in love with this idea. Thanks!!

Reply April 27, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Clair Griffiths SAYS:

I love the colours used for the party.

Reply April 27, 2013 at 3:48 pm

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