20 Ideas for the Best Kentucky Derby Party Around


The Kentucky Derby Race is celebrated annually on the first Saturday in May. This year it will be held on May 3rd.  Here are the most creative Kentucky Derby Race party ideas, decorations, free printables, race horse and hat ideas to celebrate this fun occasion with your family!

Ideas for the Best Kentucky Derby Party Around

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What Is the Kentucky Derby?

The 2014 140th Kentucky Derby is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old Thoroughbreds, held annually in Louisville, Kentucky.  The race is one and a quarter miles (2 km) at Churchill Downs.  The race is known in the United States as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports” or “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports” for its approximate duration, and is also called “The Run for the Roses” for the blanket of roses draped over the winner.

Kentucky Derby Party Ideas

Kentucky Derby Party Ideas

1.  Kentucky Derby Party Ideas ~ This modern “Run for the Roses” Kentucky Derby party is a definite win in my book!  A red, black and white color palette was used throughout from the banner to the party food and even to the customized plate.

Kentucky Derby

2. Kentucky Derby Garden Party ~ Let the races begin!  The Kentucky Derby is USA’s oldest Thoroughbred horse races.  To commemorate the race this party was designed with an elegant garden atmosphere.  Some of the amazing decorations included watercolors, fresh flowers and bowties on the stemware.   And, if that wasn’t enough, there’s free printables! {score}

Kentucky Derby Party

3.  Kid-tucky Derby ~ This Paddock themed party is perfect for toddlers and kindergarten aged children.  The kids enjoyed jockey fuel lemonade, cupcakes, apples and they even had their own “jockey” horse race.

Horse Party {dessert table}

4.  Horse Party {dessert table} ~ Use this gorgeous child’s horse themed party as inspiration for a Kentucky Derby party.  Some of the exquisite details include burlap, ruffles, medallion ribbons, roses and one absolutely darling ruffled horse cake!


Kentucky Derby Decorations 5.  Kentucky Derby Wreath ~ Adorn your front door to welcome the annual Run for the Roses race with this fabulous wreath.  It would only be fitting that it have roses and a horse.  Right?!

Kentucky Derby Party Decor

6.  Run for the Roses Garland ~ In lieu of fresh roses you can make beautiful crepe paper roses.  They won’t die on you and you can make them in advance.  {wink}

DIY Kentucky Derby Centerpieces

7.  DIY Kentucky Derby Centerpieces ~ These lollie medallions are so adorable and easy to make! The mixture of patterens and colors are fantastic.  The possibilities really are endless.  Use them as centerpieces, string them together to make a garland or send them home as party favors.


Kentucky Derby Cookies

8.  Kentucky Derby Cookies ~ These derby hat cookies are absolutely darling!  Sugar cookie hats were covered in rolled fondant.  Use the step by step tutorial to make your own.

Kentucky Derby Food

9.  Kentucky Bourbon Ball Pops ~ Who could resist these sweet and delicious bourbon ball pops?!  It’s a confectioner’s delight on a stick.  They’re the perfect sized sweet indulgence.

Kentucky Derby Recipes

10.  Mint Julep Cupcakes ~ Instead of drinking a mint julep you can indulge in a sweet treat!  The recipe calls for bourbon and creme de menthe so this treat is for adults only!

Kentucky Derby Recipes

11.  Ginger-Peach Iced Tea ~ Quench your thirst with this non-alcoholic southern ginger-peach iced tea.  It’s made with fresh ginger, peaches and unsweetened tea.

Kentucky Derby Cocktails

12.  Mint Julep ~ Mint Julep’s are the “official” drink for the Kentucky Derby.  It’s a refreshing chilled cocktail made with fresh mint leaves and bourbon.

Free Printables

Kentucky Derby Printables

13.  Kentucky Derby Printables ~ These adorable free Kentucky Derby printables will definitely inspire you to throw a party!  The entire set includes decorative wraps, a mini banner, party flags, pennant flags, tent cards, 4×6 signs and silhouettes.

Free Printables 14.  Kentucky Derby Party Kit ~ All of the pretty Kentucky Party printables you need to throw an amazing party are included in this free kit.  The kit includes the invitation, a banner, cupcake wraps, place-cards, appetizer flags and a menu chart!  Simply e-mail Tricia at the Shy Socialites to receive your free kit.

Kentucky Derby Race

Kentucky Derby Decorations 15.  Run for the Roses Centerpiece Ideas ~ Three tutorials for gorgeous centerpiece ideas for a Kentucky Derby Party.  Number one is the Winners Circle, number two is the Julep Roses and third is the Rose Bed Cube.

Kentucky Derby Hat

DIY Kentucky Derby Hat

16.  Kentucky Derby Hat ~ Dress up a plain wide brimmed hat with organza, silk flowers and feathers for the big race day!

DIY Kentucky Derby Fascinator

17.  DIY Kentucky Derby Fascinator ~ The simple addition of a tissue paper flower to a headband makes the perfect Kentucky Derby hat.  The best part?  You can make it for under $10.  {{high fives}}

Kentucky Derby Hat

18. Derby Day Hat ~ Your child will have fun designing/decorating their own Derby Day Hat.  The hat is made from a piece of craft paper, white or brown and masking tape to hold the shape.

Race Horse

Race Horse

19.  Race Horse Printables ~ Race to the finish with these adorable free printables.  Everything you need to complete a party is available.

Race Horse

20.  Race Horse Clutch ~ Learn how to turn a sunglass case and plastic toy horse into a glamorous miniaudiere perfect for the Kentucky Derby.


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