Creating a winning floral arrangement for your Kentucky Derby-esque styled event is not as difficult as it seems. All you need is an old trophy that you can find at any antique, junk shop or, where I found mine, Marshall's/Homegoods. I needed 3 1/2 pieces of floral foam (for fresh flowers), 6 dozen red roses and some equestrienne-style ribbon. But remember, you don't have to have a trophy as big as mine. The best place to purchase roses inexpensively if you don't have access to a city floral market is at your local grocer. This time of year, roses are priced very reasonably. You will pay top dollar if you purchase them from a florist.
Soak your floral foam for at least 30 minutes in a sink or bucket of water.
Hot glue your ribbon anywhere around the trophy that looks good.