party planning at home: entertaining more often, less infrequently;
more imaginatively, less expensively;
more assuredly, less stressfully
Saturday, May 7, 2011
The Kentucky Derby is frequently referred to as "The Run for the Roses," because a blanket of 554 red roses is awarded to the winner each year. The tradition originated in 1883 when socialite E. Berry Wall presented roses to ladies at a post-Derby party that was attended by Churchill Downs founder and president, Col. M. Lewis Clark. This gesture is believed to have eventually led Clark to the idea of making the rose the race's official flower. However, it was not until 1896 that any recorded account referred to roses being draped on the Derby winner. While 554 makes a lavish display as does a dozen roses, a single rose can have impact. When you're not the lucky recipient of a big bouquet, try submerging a lone blossom or placing it in a votive holder. If rose is of sufficient size, remove a few center petals and insert a tea light. The warmth releases a lovely fragrance.