Whether you're new to the Kentucky Derby or a lifelong racing fan, find creative Derby party ideas to help you celebrate the "Run for the Roses."
The first Saturday of May each year, thousands of people flock to Louisville, Kentucky, or flip on their TV sets to watch Thoroughbred horses race in "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports." Two minutes doesn't begin to cover the extent of the celebration, however, and although the horses are the stars of the show, there is much more to the Kentucky Derby than a race.
The two-week long Kentucky Derby Festival is packed with flavors, fashion, and fun -- all of which you can create right at home. From festive themes and games to yummy, Derby-inspired recipes, gallop through our three Kentucky Derby party ideas.
Celebrate the Kentucky Derby in extravagant style with a "Millionaire's Row" theme, complete with a red carpet and champagne. A term referring to the expensive box seats at the derby, "Millionaire's Row" is where the rich and famous sit. Traditionally, women appear in fine dresses and the must-have accessory of the Derby -- an elaborate hat.
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For a less formal approach, opt for an infield-themed party. Inspired by the celebration on the infield at the Kentucky Derby, where the crowd can't see the races, an infield party is more laid back. Because of the less-than-ideal view, these seats are less expensive and the atmosphere is wilder. Infield themes can range from an outdoor picnic or barbecue to an indoor gathering.
Root for the underdog -- or should we say, underhorse? -- with a Long Shot-Themed Party. A long-shot horse typically is one that was inexpensive and doesn't have good pedigree, but it still has a chance to win. This party theme is family-friendly, as it falls between the two extremes of an elegant Millionare's Row party and a spirited Infield party.