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Run oses for the Skip the pricey bleacher seats at Churchill Downs and celebrate the Kentucky Derby closer to home with horses and hats, mint juleps and soul-warming southern fare clockwise from left: Eye on the prize! A silver trophy from Mission Road Antique Mall corrals an arrangement of red garden roses by Beco Flowers while an unsaddled contender looks on. You can't do Derby without a bevy of widebrimmed hats; both the veiled peach topper and the straw hat with silk bow are available at The Missing Piece in Westport and Crown Center. Elegant tapers in a beautiful petal pink shade by Creative Candles hold court in silver candelabras from Mission Road Antique Mall. Opposite page: A table literally blooming with a show-stopping pink and peach centerpiece arrangement welcomes guests, by Beco Flowers. Called the most exciting two minutes in all of sports, it’s no surprise that the southern panache surrounding the Kentucky Derby (held this year on May 7) spreads so easily to the metro. Kansas City actually has a winning history with the rosy race. The 1938 trophy went to a copper-brown colt named Lawrin, who was born and bred on Prairie Village’s Woolford Farm, land that is now Mission Road Antique Mall, Corinth Shopping Center and Corinth Downs. So really, it’s your obligation as a Kansas Citian to throw a charmingly posh Derby party packed with springtime blooms (our gorgeous palette of pink and peach petals was arranged by Beco Flowers), traditional Derby dishes and hat-bedecked guests. Don’t stress. We’re here with all the resources you’ll need to jockey your bash from the first toast to the finish line. story by elyse weidner | photographed by aaron leimkuehler 138 | KANSAS CITY SPACES

SPACES Mag May 2011 - Run for the Roses

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