Make the most exciting 2 minutes in sports last hours — with your Kentucky Derby Party. As the hallowed date arrives, some of us in Lexington know we won’t be able to make it to Louisville for the big event, so why not celebrate the day with a great party? Take the thrill from Churchill Downs and bring it to your home. Those exciting 2 minutes aren’t limited to the track. Feeling the suspense of the horses lining up in the gate and listening to the roar of their stomps as they hit full throttle is just one part of the Kentucky Derby. Talking, meeting friends, and having a good time is what the Derby is all about. So, here are some great ideas to create an unforgettable experience in your home:
1. “Run for the Roses” Theme Party
Nicknamed from the Derby itself, using a rose theme is a classical approach to throwing a great horse party. Start with some rose decorations set around the tables. Bring out the brightly colored napkins and tablecloths to match the jockeys’ uniforms (a.k.a. silks). For food, prepare some light snacks and sandwiches that everyone loves. If you’re going traditional, you’ve got to have some Burgoo stew, which is made up of slow-cooked meats, vegetables, and spices. For desert, try serving up a mouth-watering slice of Kentucky Bourbon Chocolate Walnut Pie. And let’s not forget the proper refreshment: A classic Mint Julep. Guests can dress up in silks and ladies can wear fanciful hats. It’s all up to you! With this traditionally themed party, you’ll definitely recreate the feeling of being in Churchill Downs during the race.
2. The Tailgaters “Infield” Theme
For a more casual take on the Derby party, you can go with a tailgaters theme. Jeans and a shirt help people relax as they get ready to witness the most exciting moments of the race. You can even move the party outside, since the weather will be beautiful and warm. Guests can drink cocktails from plastic trophy-cups and try a sampler of Kentucky bourbon. To fill the stomach, you can introduce a barbecue menu and heat up the grill for some bone-licking meats. Of course, the julep is still a preferred drink, but you can try out various concoctions to suit your tastes.
Party Games for the Kentucky Derby
Since the Derby only lasts 2 minutes technically, you’ll need to plan some activities and games to keep your guests entertained. The most obvious is placing bets on your favorite horse. Another alternative is drawing a horse’s name from a hat and cheering for that horse during the race. Guests paired with the same horse can win a prize, which could include a Jockey Silks Scarf or colorful bow tie. You could also set up a game of horseshoes or corn hole in the backyard. People love a good challenge, including the kids.
If you have other great ideas for games during your Kentucky Derby Party, feel free to share in the comments section below.
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