Throwing the Ultimate Kentucky Derby Party
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 at your party, we hope a few of these ideas will help to make your party one to remember. Contact a Mahaffey Special Event Consultant to help get you started!