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Kentucky Derby Party Ideas

Kentucky Derby Party Ideas

There is nothing as exciting as joining in on the fun of the Kentucky Derby. Held the first Saturday in May, Kentucky Derby celebrations are a tradition. Enjoy the fun with these easy Kentucky Derby Party Ideas from your favorite Louisville window treatment company, Spindletop draperies.

Plan in Advance

Weeks before the event, you will want to decide what kind of party you want to have and how much you want to spend. The Kentucky Derby is aired on NBC Saturday from 4-7 and can be the center of your party. You can plan a late brunch, formal dinner party or a casual outdoor party. Either way, if you live in the Louisville area, you will want to make sure you plan for your Kentucky Derby party weeks in advance. This will ensure you have your choice of DJ’s, catering and party rentals lined up well ahead of time. If you are working more on a budget, you will find planning early gives you more time to create festive decorations and food for you party that will create a festive Kentucky Derby experience.

Plan Some Fun Games

The Kentucky Derby is said to be the most exciting 2 minutes in sports. Part of the fun of the Kentucky Derby is routing for a horse and getting excited over which horse wins. You can keep your guests excited with a little wagering on-line or if you prefer you can have guests draw a horse’s name at the beginning of the party and have them route for their horse. The winner could receive a derby prize. If you have a large group of kids, you can also have your own stick horse race for a little competition. Other outdoor games are always fun like a balloon toss, burlap sack races, cornhole and horseshoes. Consider a few awards for the game winners like official Kentucky Derby T-shirts or hats.

Kentucky Derby Party Ideas – Themed Decorations

Your Kentucky Derby party would not be complete without the traditional Kentucky Derby theme. As the race’s nickname, “The Run for the Roses”, suggests red roses are a major theme of the race. Besides roses, you can also include colors based on the Silks the jockey’s wear. Derby Hats are also a tradition and include broad rimmed hats decorated in flowers and bows. It is said the hats bring the wearer good luck. Other decorating ideas include using galvanized buckets for coolers, mason jars for drinks or silverware. You can go elaborate on the decorations or minimize them based on how casual you want your party to be. You can also order official Kentucky Derby gear and official programs of the race for your party guest to enjoy.

Traditional Refreshments

Your guests will love the traditional refreshments like a mint julep or a grey goose cocktail. You can also order a Kentucky Derby Pie or try your hand at creating one. The Kentucky Derby is a formal event planned to attract an elite crowd of southern gentlemen and southern belles. Your party can be as formal as you like and your choice of refreshments will range from traditional chef’s choice to burgers on the grill. Either way, your friends and family will love spending race day together and enjoying the Kentucky Derby.
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