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7 Ideas For A Great Kentucky Derby Party

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The Kentucky Derby is right around the corner, and racing enthusiasts and horse lovers all over the country will train their eyes on this race. If you want to join in on the celebration, think about hosting a Kentucky Derby party of your own. We’ve got some great party ideas to help you get started.

Have Fun with the Decorating

When you’re decorating for a Kentucky Derby party, the possibilities are endless. Think about themes – horses, roses, horseshoes, and more – and put your creativity to the test. You can also decorate with items from your barn – hay bales, bridles, and saddles can make distinctive equestrian touches.

Make Mint Juleps

No Kentucky Derby party is complete without Mint Juleps, the traditional Kentucky Derby drink. There are tons of recipes for this popular drink available online.

Make Derby-Themed Dishes

As a fun twist, give the dishes that you serve Kentucky Derby names. Be sure to have plenty of appetizers available to snack on before the race. If you choose to offer dinner, then you may also want to follow up with dessert – a rose-themed or racing-themed cake is a great option.

Hold a Hat Contest

The Kentucky Derby hat is a longstanding tradition, and when it comes to hats, the bigger and bolder, the better. Hold a hat contest for all of the party attendees and see who shows up with their best Derby hat.

Play Kentucky Derby Trivia

As you’re waiting for the race to begin, challenge your attendees to a game of Kentucky Derby trivia. Come up with questions beforehand and make a game of the event; offer up a prize and have guests form teams to compete.


Have Stick Horse Races for the Kids

If kids will be in attendance, then a stick horse race is a must. You can even have children design their own stick horses by coloring in templates of the horse’s head and then attaching them to sticks or foam noodles. Be sure to have a small prize available for the winner.

Host the Party in the Barn

Image source: Michael via Flickr.com

Image source: Michael via Flickr.com

Want to take your party one step further? Consider hosting the party right in the barn. You’ll want to clean up your barn aisle or lounge, and bring in tables and chairs. The barn atmosphere naturally plays into the Kentucky Derby theme, and can minimize the decorating that you need to do. It’s sure to be a party that your guests will remember.



What plans do you have for your Kentucky Derby party?

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