Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Pink Out for Oaks

For this week's tablescape I decided to honor the 2nd most popular race at Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Oaks. Over 100,000 people attend last year's 135 Kentucky Oaks. For those not familiar with derby week, the Oaks Day is traditionally the "locals" day. Most Derby tourists and celebrities are not yet in town for the big race and many Louisvillians meet up with friends, co-workers and old school mates to enjoy the race.
From the website "The Kentucky Derby’s sister event is as old as the “Run for the Roses” but features fillies and lilies and lots of things women love. In fact, women are such an important part of the Oaks experience that we’ve officially named the day “Ladies First.” Of course guys are welcome, too!
In addition to a fantastic race card, highlighted by the 136th running of the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks for 3-year-old fillies, we've got an afternoon of special activities planned for our female guests, from showing off your Oaks apparel to raising money for causes that matter to women."

The Survivors Parade was first hosted by Churchill Downs for Kentucky Oaks 135 and featured 135 survivors. It was a joyous occasion to see the parade of survivors round the track before the race.

The adopted color of the Kentucky Oaks is PINK in honor of the Oaks official flower, the stargazer lily, and the official color of breast cancer awareness is PINK. To connect the Oaks with its partner charities, Susan G. Komen for the Cure ® and Horses and Hope, Churchill Downs is asking you to THINK PINK when it comes to your attire for Kentucky Oaks 136!
Participate in our second Kentucky Oaks PINK OUT on Friday, April 30, by incorporating PINK into your attire for the day at the races. Churchill Downs staged its first Oaks PINK OUT in 2009 with impressive results. From hats to handkerchiefs, suits to sundresses, sunglasses to stilettos, our Oaks guests were “tickled pink” to show their support for the Oaks and the important cause it supports. (from

Please have a seat to join me for our own celebration of pink out.

The plates, place mats, goblets and napkin rings are all hot pink.

I used black and white dishes and napkins to complement the pink dishes.

Here is your place setting ready for you to enjoy a spring meal on the porch.
Thanks for stopping by to visit! Please join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for more table settings.


  1. Hi. Very outstanding colors - black and pink. Fit perfect and makes a nice table. Greetings, Johanna

  2. What fun your pink and black is! Love the hat too!

  3. You can't go wrong with pink, white and black. Those colors are always great looking. Love your table setting.


  4. Pretty pink and black table! Like the shape of the plates, prettier than just plain old round ones.

  5. How interesting about the Kentucky Oaks! I had never heard of it, but it sounds like a wonderful tradition. Adding the black to your pink adds such sophistication, I think! I almost bought those Liberty of London plates myself -- they're so pretty, and perfect for an outdoor table!

  6. Love the pink of it all.
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  7. The black and white polka dot dishes are so neat! And so girly. Adding the pink really gives your place setting a splash of color.

    Interesting Derby Info, too.