The season is almost here: Racing fans wouldn’t miss the elegant Derby parties and triple-crown events. We’ll bet there will also be some weddings that give a nod to the Sport of Kings, Kentucky Blue Grass and bourbon, and the excitement of the sport. If you’re planning a Derby party or another special event this season, look to BBJ to supply your “racing silks” and accentuate your table settings for a true thoroughbred of a party.
Browse our selection of linen options for inspiration; it’s a great way to begin the parade that leads to the winners circle.
Bold and Graphic
At the Downs, of course, you’ll see plenty of patterns: Stripes and checks, harlequin jerseys or solids in eye-popping color combinations and neon brights. BBJ Linen will help you walk on the wild side, or rein in your impulses — it’s your choice!
Bow to Tradition
What would the Derby be without Mint Juleps? Give a nod to that tradition at your event with a bourbon tasting, or serve all drinks in silver julep cups. Add a touch of mint, perhaps; not only the real variety, but with mint-colored table runners, chair aprons or napkins.
Pull out all the stops, even if you opt for the informality of a barn. A golden glow is perfectly appropriate for table linen, but equally worthy to be seen as china, crystal, flatware and candle holders. Add colorful racing banners or rustic horseshoes as decoration, depending on the degree of “upscale” you prefer.
Seersucker and Florals
Because the Derby is traditionally the time to don spring finery, why not clothe your table in lightweight linen that looks fresh and new? Mix bright floral napkins with oatmeal-colored runners; or select shimmering floor-length table drapes from the BBJ line of jewel-tone linen. Then punch up the excitement with contrasting napkins.
Toppers Say It All
Fashion elaborate centerpieces that employ outrageous women’s hats, an actual men’s Derby, vintage straw fedoras and bright jockey caps. Add the traditional roses and bask in the “sweet smell of success,” knowing that no matter what horse wins the race, you’ve created a memorable celebration.
And you have the opportunity to do it again for the Preakness and the Belmont, if you can muster the stamina!
Credits: Salvatore Cincotta Photography | Chicago Style Weddings