Kentucky Derby ® Dream Parties

Make your picks for the Kentucky Derby ®,  on Saturday, May 7, 2011. Host a “millionaire’s row” seat in front of your T.V. for “the run for the roses” and invite your favorite race fans! This race is packed with rich history and tradition; it is fun and easy to throw a Kentucky Derby party that puts you furlongs ahead with your guests. Here are some tips to bring Churchill Downs to your space:

Invitations
Send guests these Kentucky Derby invitations which are exquisitely imprinted with the officially licensed Kentucky Derby party logo. Encourage guests to come in Derby attire and don’t forget the elaborate, over-sized hat.

Decorations
For a more elaborate party, have your guests walk through a custom creation roses arch. For a party on the simpler side, have a custom creation roses column or two at the entrance. Raise the stakes and create a betting station for guests to place real or mock bets. Decorate your party space with bouquets of Kentucky Derby latex balloon with a brown horse mylar balloon in the center. Fill in your decorations with Kentucky Derby streamers.

Tableware
Set your tables with red gossamer and the elegant Kentucky Derby tableware. The rose topiary centerpiece is the perfect centerpiece for this party.

Menu
The traditional beverage is the mint julep, which is an iced drink made with bourbon, mint, and a sugar syrup. Treat your guests like wealthy horse owners and serve this drink in an ice-frosted silver cup or keep it simple and serve mint juleps in Kentucky Derby frosted cups.

A popular entrée served at the Derby is called burgoo. Burgoo is a thick stew made with beef, chicken, pork, and vegetables, and it is served with a side of mashed potatoes.

Party Favors
Treat your guests to personalized rose milk chocolate lollipops and add the Derby date on the label adorned with red roses. Give the guest that wins a bouquet of chocolate lollipops.

 

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