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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! 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.)


And if you’re REALLY looking for an excuse to party – here’s a good one: 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 by noon tomorrow (Friday, April 24th) to enter the sweepstakes – it only takes a minute!


(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.

  9. Tina Lane says:

    I am glad I am not the only one throwing a derby party!!! Check out my reinvented Mint Julep at

  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!