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This Saturday Marks the First Saturday in May, Which Means Kentucky Derby Time! Celebrate by Throwing a Fun Derby Party!

As the first Saturday in May approaches, horseracing fans across the country eagerly prepare for one of the only sporting events where sports and fashion meet!  So get set to throw a Kentucky Derby party where you’ll have a little something to appeal to all the guests!  You can combine a little gambling, a little fashion, a few sports-crazed fans, and lots of fabulous foods for one fantastic get together! 

The Kentucky Derby, also known as the “Run for the Roses” because the winning horse and jockey are adorned with dozens of red roses, brings to mind images of elegant ladies drinking tea and mint juleps in fancy hats while dignified men in suits and bow ties place gentlemen’s bets on the winning horse.  You may not be able to pack up your family and experience the Derby trackside, but you can certainly have an authentic Derby experience in the comfort of your own living room!  With these simple ideas, you can treat your friends to a Kentucky Derby party they will never forget. 

Let your guests know about your soiree with our personalized red rose invitations, which you can customize with all the important party details.  The elegant red roses gracing the side of the personalized invitations will set the tone for your party.   

Southern tradition dictates that women dress to the nines for the Kentucky Derby and wear their fanciest hats.  To add authenticity to your Kentucky Derby party, why not institute a dress code for your party?  Have your guests break out their best party dress and favorite hats.  Or, for a fun twist, hold a contest to see who can create the most outrageous Kentucky Derby hat out of everyday objects!  You’ll want to have a prize for the winner, so in keeping with the Run for the Roses theme, a red rose lei is the perfect choice.  Or you can award the winner with their own gold trophy award just like the Derby winner gets.  Be prepared for the few guests who might forget their hats and have a supply of colorful plastic derby hats on hand.  That way everyone will have a hat for the festivities! 

Decorating for your Kentucky Derby party doesn’t require you to go all out on elaborate decorations.  Simple and understated is key.  Cover your tables with checkered table covers accented with simple arrangements of red roses.  Buy a dozen red roses in bulk from the grocery store and arrange them in small vases for the center of each table.  You’ll be able to get several arrangements from every dozen, saving you money on decorating costs!  Use black plates and napkins to set off your checkered tablecloth.  Add a few balloon bouquets of black and white balloons and you’re simple, elegant, and understated decorations will wow your guests! 

Stick with the refined Southern theme for your Kentucky Derby party menu.  Serve traditional finger sandwiches that Southern ladies are often seen snacking on for high tea and accompany them with fresh veggies, a light pasta salad, deviled eggs, and of course, the traditional Kentucky Derby Pie!  A delectable combination of sugar, butter, chocolate, pecans, and walnuts, Derby Pie has been served at Kentucky Derby parties for generations, so be sure it takes center stage at your dessert table! 

And of course when you’re stocking your bar, aside from Southern sweet tea, you’ll need to be sure and have all the fixings for mint juleps!  The traditional drink of the Derby is a Southern favorite and a fresh, minty treat for an early spring day. 

Though the actual race may only take minutes, you’ll have hours of fun watching the pre-race coverage, enjoying the fashions gracing the red carpet, and laughing at the outrageous hats people at wearing at the Derby with all your friends!  And with these simple tips, your Derby party will be as much fun as being in the infield!

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