How to Throw the Perfect Kentucky Derby Party

The Kentucky Derby, also known as the “Run for the Roses” is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, marking it as one of the oldest sporting events in America. It is the first leg in the Triple Crown series, and it is also the most famous of the three. The event is only a 1.25 mile long race, which takes the fastest horses only 2 minutes to complete. However, festivities for the Derby continue all day, so it’s important to properly plan a Kentucky Derby watch party

In order to guarantee a fun and exciting watching experience for guests, hosts need to carefully organize party logistics ahead of time. Delicious food is a must for any event, and Southern favorites like buttermilk biscuits, fried chicken, pork sliders, hush puppies, and bourbon or pecan pies are usually the stars of the show. Catering companies can be a great option to reduce meal preparation time, or guests can also be asked to bring food in a potluck style. 

Setting up activities for the attendees is also important to creating the perfect party atmosphere. Creating a Crazy Hat contest can be a fun event, as elaborate hats are a common part of Derby festivities. Betting on the Derby winner can be a great way to get guests invested in the outcome of the Derby results. Bingo can also be a fun game to play, with phrases related to the race.