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How to Host a Kentucky Derby Party

How to Host a Kentucky Derby Party

I really love hosting a Kentucky Derby Party, but this year, with the derby falling just two weeks after Easter, I just don’t have it in me!  If you want to gather friends, don a hat and watch the classic race, following are all kinds of ideas for how to host a Kentucky Derby Party!

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Set the table:

Add a horse to your tabletop to immediately set the mood and style.  

The Food:

Add red roses and some little trophies, then bring on the food!  Serve up traditional Derby or southern favorites!  Think, southern ham, pimento cheese spread, pecans, bourbon balls!  Add some ribbon that suggests the silks the jockeys wear!

The Drinks:

Don’t forgo the Mint Juleps!  Provide all of the ingredients and display the recipe nearby!  If you want to get official, pick up some Mint Julep Cups!

The Dessert:

Get creative setting a table full of cupcakes set up on a racetrack!  This stylist used brown sugar for the track!  

OR…just order a horseshoe cake adorned with red frosting roses or make your own!  Will you be hosting a Kentucky Derby Party? 



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Chloe is the creator of Celebrate & Decorate. Chloe is passionate about having a comfortable and well designed home - she also loves to entertain family and friends. Learn more about Chloe. Follow Chloe: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, YouTube


  1. Hi Chloe, we have a big Derby party every other year. This is an off year, but I’m always looking for new ideas. I’ll be posting about our past party ideas this week and next. Derby is May 4, a week from Saturday. Will Pin to my Party Ideas board. Cute stuff.

    1. Oh, I would like to have a big party! This year, it just came too close to Easter! Thanks for pinning!

  2. I have never had a Derby Party, but this looks so fun with all of your beautiful ideas!

  3. Hey Chloe! I love your inspiration for a Derby party. What a beautiful surroundings, I would love to be a guest at your party. All looks very pretty!

    1. Thank you Terrie! I don’t know if I will have time to host a Derby party this year, but I love to don a pretty hat for a party any time!

  4. You know I love your ideas of a Derby party my friend….With my Derby Dinner, we had such fun…and I had fun collecting all the “stuff” for the dinner. Last year I did a Preakness dinner and that was fun too. Thanks again for all your wonderful ideas.

    1. I am not surprised, Kari, you seem to do a great job celebrating all of the special events that roll along with the calendar!

  5. I love seeing the horse with the blanket of roses, it’s perfect. I’ve also never had a Mint Julep but might try one just so I can have the glasses (LOL) These are great and tempting ideas and somewhere in my stash, I have a horseshoe pan. Good thing I didn’t throw it away!

  6. Love your ideas, thanks for sharing!

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