Keep Your Hat in the Race with These Four Ultimate Kentucky Derby Party Trends

Mint juleps, big hats and betting games are just a few of the many reasons to throw a Kentucky Derby party. With the renowned race only a month away, now is the time to begin planning your party for this long-standing tradition. Below, we discuss all of the ways to make your event one for the books.

It’s All About Style

The Kentucky Derby is known for bringing out fabulous style and the latest fashion trends, so why not incorporate that into your attire? Consider wearing a derby hat or fascinator to get super traditional. Women typically wear spring dresses or bold separates that coordinate with their accessories and headwear. Men, too, can get dressed up by wearing tropical colors in bold stripes or busy plaid, or even a seersucker blazer. Need a few more ideas? The Kentucky Derby has you covered.

Mint Juleps and More

It wouldn’t be the Kentucky Derby without mint juleps, and we have the perfect bar rocks glass to serve it in! Consider making a spicy bloody Mary, old fashioned cocktail or sweet iced tea at your party, too, to give your guests plenty of options to choose from.

Ready, Set, Bet

By following the Kentucky Derby’s Betting 101 Guide, you can learn all about the different types of bets, as well as how to pick a winner. Just be sure to keep it light-hearted and fun. (Mahaffey does not condone gambling.)

Take it Outside

Throw in a few Southern games at your party like croquet to play outside at your event. This will be a good ice breaker, and a fun way to entertain your guests. In fact, you could host your whole party outside, taking advantage of the pretty spring weather, to make it really feel like you’re at Churchill Downs. Need a tent to help keep your guests cool? We’ve got you covered here, too, with plenty of options to select from.

Whatever you choose to do with your party, don't forget to see our catalog for a host of party supplies to bring it to the next level! From rental dining supplies, tables and linens, outdoor lighting, and classic tents, let us know how we can help you with your next event by contacting a Mahaffey Special Event Consultant.

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