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Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby ® Party Ideas

Kentucky Derby ® fans, you are in for a treat: exclusive new products that will make your Kentucky Derby event the odds-on favorite for party of the year.

The keys here are licensed designs you won’t find anywhere else, combined with a fabulous level of personalization you can add to so many items from large, show-stopping props down to details such as water bottle labels and mint tins.

Make a “Derby by design” yours from the start with a slogan that both describes your event and immediately personalizes it:

  • “The Cantors’ Julep Party”
  • “Smith’s Neigh-borhood Watch”
  • “Derby with the Kirbys”

You could also make a play on the “Run for the Roses™” slogan and tie it to a garden club event, Relay for Life fundraiser or retirement party. Triple Crown events are May 4, May 18 and June 8 this year, so any event this spring might be a candidate for a race-themed party.

Red roses, brown horses, silver horseshoes, or black hats trimmed in gold are a few examples of the colors and symbols you might employ as you re-create Churchill Downs and environs.

The photo above right contains the Winning Horse and Winners’ Platform standees. We favor a grouping such as this as a focal point in the room, perhaps fronting a background photo illustration of a race. One piece of a grouping can be personalized – in this case, the horse — and you might further offer embellishment by flanking it with rose trees and adding an artificial grass. Think of the snapshots!

It’s very easy to coordinate an official Kentucky Derby grouping with signs, banners and entrance pieces because we’ve built a stunning selection that’s sure to put you in the winner’s circle.

For tables, we like to mix a race design with gold or black solid tableware. Finish with red rose topiaries and personalized party favors in either a Kentucky Derby or Red Roses design.

Some themes may call for less horse and more julep, and in that case we recommend giving the bar area and cocktail accessories a prominent place. Set up a julep-themed personalized standee, pour mixers that have personalized Derby-design bottle labels and consider providing glassware favors for the occasion.

In any case, the Kentucky Derby is coming up fast, so claim your winning party products today.

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