The more I worked on my graduation party, I realized how well elements of would work as a Kentucky Derby party. Today, I’m showing you how to make a Kentucky Derby party centerpiece. A toy horse and faux flowers say “run for the roses” to me!

How to make a Kentucky Derby Centerpiece by The Party Teacher

Horse Centerpiece Supplies

  • Any size toy horse. I used one sized for an 18-inch doll.
  • Mini faux roses
  • Needle and thread
  • Tray for the horse to stand on (optional)
  • Extra faux flowers for around the tray (optional)


1 – Snip the rose heads off the stems.

2 – Run the thread through your first rose end. Leave extra thread at the end for knotting.

3 – Loosely string together as many rose heads as you need to create a necklace for your horse. You want the roses touching for a full look, but not crammed up next to each other.

4 – Test your length by draping the necklace around the horse’s neck. Then, cut your string and knot your two necklace ends together.

Here is the finished horse centerpiece. I decided to ground him a little more by placing him on a painted tray and draping more roses around the edges of the tray.

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