Experience all the fun of attending the Kentucky Derby without making a trip to Churchill Downs in Louisville. Host your own Kentucky Derby Party with these tips and suggestions for food, drinks, decorations, and more!
Ever since attending the Royal Ascot races when we lived in England in 2017, my love for a nice fascinator and horse race has grown. Now that we're stateside, there's nothing better than attending a Kentucky Derby Party! If you would like to plan your own Kentucky Derby Party during this year's races, read on for our best ideas, tips, and must-haves!
Kentucky Derby Party Decorations
The Kentucky Derby's nickname "Run for the Roses" provides plenty of inspiration for decorating! Simply buy bulk roses and use them either in topiaries or in stem vases for simple decor. Another easy idea is to use silver Mint Julep cups to hold the roses!
The Kentucky Derby website also has party supplies you can order to customize your party.
Kentucky Derby Cocktails
No Derby party is complete without cocktails! Probably the most iconic of the Kentucky Derby Cocktails is the Mint Julep. This classic Southern cocktail is very easy to make. Simply muddle 4 mint leaves with 2 teaspoons of sugar in the bottom of a julep cup. Fill the cup with ice and add 1.4 cup of bourbon. Top off with soda water and garnish with additional mint if desired!
Kentucky Derby Party Food
This traditional Southern party food when you plan the menu for your Kentucky Derby Party. Ham biscuits, spiced pecans, or Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwiches are all wonderful choices. Don't forget to finish it off with Kentucky Derby Pie, an indulgent Chocolate Pecan Pie.
What to Wear to a Kentucky Derby Party
It just wouldn't be a Kentucky Derby Party without dressing for the occasion! Vineyard Vines is the official style of the Kentucky Derby so their stores or website is a good place to start looking for the fashionable preppy clothing the Kentucky Derby is known for. Ladies, d