The Kentucky Derby: an excuse to party with class
No kegs here. Just classic American fun!
The 20s-30s are pretty difficult ages when it comes to partying. A few of our friends are still stuck in keg stand mode, bare chested, flushed, and sweaty. The rest of us are eager to leave those days behind and host a party that seems a bit more refined Derby fashion included. A bit more grown up.
Nothing says grown up refinement better than a Kentucky Derby Party, the sort of gathering where hats and ties are basically required. To pull off the perfect derby party, though, you’ll need to reinforce your theme from start to finish.
You invitations will set the tone for your party. If at all possible, we recommended mailing invites. 137 years ago when the derby first started, there were no evites, so the paper option is a bit more authentic. Keep the color scheme fresh, the font simple, and clearly indicate that this is a formal event.
From Poseprint blog
Like your invitations, your derby party décor should be clean, fresh, and simple. A hint of quirkiness is never a bad idea, either. What’s important is that you simulate the idea of being outside as much as possible without going overboard. Let in plenty of natural light, toss in some fresh flowers and you’ve got a good start. Keep the horse figurines to a minimum.
It’s also a good idea to brush up on a bit of derby lingo and history so that you can play into the major themes and concepts, like these run for the rose centerpieces.
The Kentucky Derby is one of the South’s crowning events. Honor the region by cooking up a bit of traditional southern cuisine. That doesn’t mean Paula-Deen-ing-the-hell out of everything; it is possible to enjoy healthy southern fare. Check out these healthy soul food recipes so that you can party with a clean conscious and healthy arteries.
As for beverages, anything featuring mint julep is golden. If you dislike julep, you’ve got drink alternatives that are equally delicious though not as traditional. Bourbon from Kentucky will win you a few points with those who can handle it.