Kentucky Derby Party Guide

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The party guide helps plan a themed Kentucky Derby event with ideas, tips in the food departments, creative crafts, and clever conversation chats, menus, recipes, cookies, cakes and food labels. Free printable games, puzzles, place name cards and coloring pages.


A Kentucky Derby party with party supplies, music, and quality food and drinks makes for a wonderful celebration of the Sport of Kings.Singing, dancing and having a great time with family and friends is what most celebrations are supposed to be like. Therefore, finding the right melodies and tunes for those special events is very important. From rock and country to jazz and blues, getting together with friends and celebrating great times or special events will make your event very popular. Add a bit of style and sophistication to the Kentucky Derby party with silks, women with scarves and men with patterned ties, and tableware items that look like silks (do not forget large hats ladies). Traditional Kentucky Derby food includes banana nut bread, pickled shrimp, toasted pecan halves, chicken salad sandwich, Reuben, summer beet and goat cheese salad. Desserts include Hazelnut Dacquoise, apple spice cupcakes, and pumpkin cheesecake. Kentucky Derby drinks include spicy Bloody Mary’s, Mint Julep, sweet iced tea, and Chambord Fleur de Lis.

Kentucky Derby party needs some music (like every party). My Old Kentucky Home by Stephen Foster is a tradition of the great horse race. The tradition it is believed to have originated in 1921 for the 47th running of the classic. Include other Kentucky Derby appropriate songs such as Mint Julep by Etta Baker, Kentucky Woman by Neil Diamond, You're In Kentucky by Rosemary Clooney, I'm Going Back To Old Kentucky by Bill Monroe, Old Kentucky Home by Dale Keys, Kentucky Derby by Chet Atkins, and The Greatest Day (Kentucky Derby Day) by The Tell Alls. Line wicker baskets with colorful cloth napkins that can be matched to a theme, while being used to serve food or hold things like utensils. With a spool of ribbon you can, tie napkins and dinnerware with a bow, make curly streamers, tie ribbon around chairs, add accents to floral arrangements, just go as far as your creativity will take you. Decorations help transform a room into something more for that special day so look forward to learning some exciting and creative ideas.

Handmade party supplies such as Kentucky Derby banners, hats and handmade mint juleps cups make a Kentucky Derby party very exciting. Sensational get-togethers often involve designing and preparing in advance for the occasion. Most often color arrangements and other needed supplies will add to the celebration and make a great addition to the event. Nearly all hosts will find that fun décor and color schemes are the perfect perks for the event. This addition will give the celebration a really cool appearance. From the preparations of handmade party goods such as handmade costumes, Kentucky Derby hats and t-shirts to party supplies such as Kentucky Derby and horse racing paper plates, napkins, and Mint Julep cups. The Kentucky Derby is a very special race that is known for its special hats and Mint Julep drinks.

Most people find the Kentucky Derby a great race and homemade party supplies adds a lot to the afternoon. The Kentucky Derby makes a great party theme and handmade costume jewelry, fancy hats and body jewelry are great additions to the party. More often your guests will be excited and look forward to dressing for a Kentucky Derby party with homemade party supplies such as Derby hats, fancy hats, handmade vests, masks and handmade costumes.

A true Kentucky Derby includes a great race, various homemade party supplies such as fashion jewelry, handmade hats and Kentucky Derby garden flags. These items, along with temporary tattoos, costumes jewelry, glow sticks and noise makers are very important to this party. In fact, there is no comparison to a Kentucky Derby and a traditional type of party.


A Kentucky Derby theme party, whether a race day or general celebration should include a delicious cake. This fast paced celebration is the ideal time for creative desserts and other party foods designed especially for this celebration. These items are always a great addition to a celebration and most often fun like cakes that are designed especially for this celebration will make everyone feel very special. More often than not, these great party foods and desserts will add a lot of fun to the celebrated event. These are some great ideas on cakes that would work really well for the Kentucky Derby theme. With a combination of a great cake and other party supplies, your Kentucky Derby party will be remembered.

Chocolate Overload Cake – This cake is a favorite of many people. The taste is rich and very satisfying. In fact, the taste is so rich that the pieces you serve should not be too large. This means that there will be less cake baking!

Red Velvet Cake – Another favorite and crowd pleaser. The red velvet cake, like the chocolate overload gives the impression of a higher caliber than the standard birthday cake which makes it the perfect candidate for a Kentucky Derby themed party.

Lemon Cake – This is generally an acquired taste in cake but something that many people so not get on a regular basis which gives your party a chance to stand out.

Having trouble deciding? Try making all three cakes on a smaller scale and serve them in bite size pieces so that guests get to taste each one or select the one they like the most.

The Kentucky Derby is a pretty big horse race, so much so that lots of people host their own Kentucky derby party. You can work to make your party a little original this year with some Mardi Gras flair to it. From making a guest list to preparing the food, having a plan will make the celebration go off without a hitch. Simple hostess tip: Prepare for the entire celebration in advance and avoid adding any extra commitments or stress on the hostess during the preparation period. This simple tip will ensure that the hostess has a stress free and very entertaining time during the actual celebration. Guest will love the great food, loud music, colorful decorations and if you have the room and inclination the parade! Of course this is still a Kentucky Derby party so you’ll have plenty of horse and racing related decorations and you can’t forget to give the guests their classic mint juleps for the party.

Make sure the guests know that the party is going to have a Horse theme to it in the invitations you send. You can pick up some invitations with a Kentucky derby or horseracing theme and punch them up a bit by adding some colorful glitter. Carefully outline the picture with a thin bead of glue and sprinkle the glitter on it. Wait for it to dry, shake off the excess glitter and send in the mail.

You can pick up some fun masks to hand out to the guests when they arrive to the Kentucky derby party. There are some fun horseracing wall hangings you can plaster to the walls and get lots of balloons in the Mardi Gras colors with an emphasis on green since it matches the grass of the racing grounds.

Take advantage of some excellent Cowboy western horse recipes when thinking up appetizers for this party like BBQ ribs, sloppy Joes, corn on the cob. The guests can dance to some western music, share beads, eat good food and finally sit back to watch the races.

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Kentucky Derby History, Facts and Educational Resources

Add an educational twist to any birthday party, holiday celebration, or theme party.  Share the history of the Kentucky Derby theme to the guests.  Play some free printable educational party games.  Shhh don't tell the kids that they are learning!

In history the Kentucky Derby was known as the run for the roses. Keeping the celebration lively and very entertaining as well as educational is important for guests of all ages. Sensational activities and other worksheets are a great way of bringing fun and entertainment to the event. More often than not, these activities will add a great deal to the overall celebration. So what better way to base a horse race themed party around other than using the facts from history and offer a horseshow bouquet of roses as your main centerpiece? Watching the Kentucky Derby is either something you are into, or its not. As you plan a family event, you can let everyone know, that during the first race in 1875 there were 10,000 views, now that number is closer to 100,000 if not more. If you have someone in your family who is into equestrian studies this is something that you would want to consider for their party. Knowing how to decorate can be difficult here are some suggestions: Get different horse pictures, party balloons shaped as horses and horse themed party favors as well. This is going to be the kind of party that you will see a different demographic.

The Kentucky Derby party or event is something that could partake in an assisted living home, country club or other venue in which you are reaching out to those who are familiar with the racers, horses and overall derby mentality. With this event you can cater in or break out the formal recipe cards and offer a full meal as you sit back and watch the derby with refreshments and wine. Again, a great party theme for someone who is familiar with the race, knows how to enjoy it, and will appreciate the Kentucky derby past and present. Build excitement about the event by doing something different or unique with the invitations like including artwork or a picture to the guests. Sending out save-the-date cards is extremely important as the holidays approach and guests have a number of social engagements to attend. Build excitement about the event by doing something different or unique with the invitations like including artwork or a picture to the guests. The history of Kentucky Derby has different interpretations by each person, so use your own judgement. Share these facts with friends at a celebration.
The Party Supplies Hut has more free elementary educational teacher resources for Kentucky Derby to use in the classroom for active learning to create lesson plans with trivia questions, games and fun activities.

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