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Kentucky Derby Party Ideas (+ Bring the Derby Home Sweepstakes)

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The Kentucky Derby is coming up soon – Saturday, May 2nd – and even if you can’t make it to Churchill Downs yourself, this is SUCH a fun excuse to get together and throw a party at home!

You can go all out with a specific theme like Hats n’ Heels, Racing/Silks, Infield, etc – or keep it casual with simple cocktails, appetizers, and a good view of the flat screen! KentuckyDerbyParty.com has tons of great ideas for celebrating at home – from Derby-appropriate recipes by chef Bobby Flay to themed party ideas to Derby party invitations. (A few favorites from the invitation designs are pictured below.)

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And if you’re REALLY looking for an excuse to party – here’s a good one: KentuckyDerbyParty.com is currently hosting the “Bring the Derby Home! Sweepstakes” where you can win a Derby party for you and 20 of your closest friends! The party is valued at over $3500 and includes a 32″ Toshiba Flat Screen! Just register on KentuckyDerbyParty.com by noon tomorrow (Friday, April 24th) to enter the sweepstakes – it only takes a minute!

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(Learn more about the history & traditions of the KD here.)

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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

15 responses to “Kentucky Derby Party Ideas (+ Bring the Derby Home Sweepstakes)”

  1. Megan says:

    What a great website – so much info! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Erin says:

    Thanks so much for posting this! I was born and raised in KY (now live in Nashville), and Derby celebrations are SO much fun!

  3. Juligie says:

    What a cool party that would be! and how fabulous is their logo!?

  4. this makes me wanna find a reason to party!

  5. jenn s. says:

    Thanks for the inspiration board link, CeeCee! Looks great! :)

  6. listen… I’ve already bought my big hat for the big day! Who doesn’t want an excuse to wear a huge hat that would seem utterly ridiculous any other day. So I’d say Hats n’ Heels is the theme of the party. I like it! Great idea! :)

    Big hats, a special cocktail and some Bobby Flay recipes. perfection! Thanks for the “nudge” to take the event one step further :D

  7. CeeCee says:

    Thanks Jen….love your site =)

  8. John T. says:

    For betting at your party check out iBookie – iPhone or iPod touch application that handles Win, Place, Show betting.

    http://www.assistronics.com/Assistronics/iBookie.html

  9. Tina Lane says:

    I am glad I am not the only one throwing a derby party!!! Check out my reinvented Mint Julep at http://www.floridagirlmidwest.blogspot.com

  10. ClubVip says:

    It is a nice party idea! I never thought about that so far! I might “steal” it for my next party!

  11. kelly says:

    loved the idea im going to give it a go at my 1st kentucky derby party! cant wait!

  12. Paul says:

    Hosted a Kentucky Derby Party in Houston, TX…quite the event for 2011! Enjoy some photos from all the festivities!

    http://adayinthelifeoftheyouthdirector.blogspot.com/2011/06/kentucky-derby-party-in-houston-tx.html