The Kentucky Derby is also known as the “Run for the Roses” because of the garland of 554 red roses draped over the winning horse. (Fun fact: Kroger has made this garland for the Derby since 1987!)
This garland is adorned with a “crown” of roses, green fern and a ribbon. The crown bears a single rose pointing upward in the center of the garland, symbolizing the struggle and heart needed to reach that sought-after winner’s circle. Bring this rich Derby Day history to your table with a rose-themed centerpiece.
- Green tissue paper
- Cake plate
- About 18 roses
- Hot glue
- Floral foam (round) or Styrofoam
- Red ribbon
- Toy horse (choose a size that will fit nicely in the center of your cake plate)
- Use a floral foam round or Styrofoam form that is slightly smaller than your cake plate.
- Affix to cake plate with hot glue or tacky wax.
- Cover foam with moss (spraying moss with water makes it easier to work with).
- Cut roses, leaving 2-4” of stem that can be poked into the foam, arranging around perimeter of cake plate. Reserve a few leaf stems for decorating.
- Lay the ribbon over the toy horse’s back to resemble that winner’s garland. Stand the horse in the center of cake plate, attaching with glue if needed.