How to Throw the Perfect Kentucky Derby Party

1. Set the Tone With the Invitations

Your guests should be ready to enjoy the Kentucky Derby, the ultimate theme party. To create the mood, a Derby party invitation like this editable, printable one from Etsy should be educational and joyful.

2. Remember the Dress Code

Guests will follow the host's example on Derby day party attire, so go all out: big hat, full suit, spectacular dress the Derby is no time to be subtle.

3. Don't Forget Your Derby Decorations  

Your Derby-themed party area will require some decorating, but the clothing will speak for themselves. Derby decorations must include roses as the Derby is called 'The Run for the Roses'.

4. Set Up to Stream

Since the Derby only lasts a few minutes (don't worry, there's a whole day of racing prior), prepare beforehand to avoid missing any of the excitement. How to watch and stream the big moment.

5. School Your Guests with Fun Derby Day Facts

You may add some depth to your event by sharing information about the historic race and its 150-year history. Our collection of interesting Derby facts may wow your visitors before the race.

6. Prepare the Signature Derby Drink: a Mint Julep

Since 1938, no Derby celebration has been complete without a mint julep. Today, Churchill Downs serves about 120,000 mint juleps throughout Derby weekend.

7. Stick to Southern Classics

Derby day menus should be themed. Southern favourites include pimento cheese dip and smoked grits. The Kentucky Derby website has all the race day recipes you need.