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A Day at the Races – Horse Racing Theme Party

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Mark your calendars. It is never too early to begin planning your Triple Crown horse racing theme party.

Kentucky Derby – Saturday, May 4, 2024.

Preakness Stakes – Saturday May 18, 2024

Belmont Stakes -Saturday June 8, 2024

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Horse Racing Theme Party Ideas, Planning Tips & Supplies

Horse Racing Party Inspiration Board

Horse Racing Theme Party >> Official Kentucky Derby Party SuppliesA Horse Racing Invitation |  Arte Felguerez Jockey |  Plastic Horse and Jockey Figures   |  Party Plates   |  Horse Racing  Jockey Hat with Goggles Party Favor  | Horse and Jockey Centerpiece Decoration  | Betmar Elise Straw Hat  |  The Kentucky Derby Museum Cookbook  | Bourbon Balls

A Day at the Races Theme Party Invitations

Choosing your invitation is the equivalent of the title of a paper … it sets the tone for the entire party! There are so many great horse racing theme invitations, Party Idea Pros had trouble picking just one. Here are our favorites. And now many of our favorites are available in both print and instant download formats

Kentucky Derby Decorations

A Day at the Races - Horse Racing Kentucky Derby DIY Party Printables

A Day at the Races Party Supplies

A Day at the Races Horse Racing Theme Party Paper Goods

Loving these plastic plates and cups!

A Day at the Races Theme Party Centerpieces

The Kentucky Derby has become synonymous with red roses. Each year a garland of 554 roses is presented to the winner! So think roses, roses, everywhere. Use different sizes on different tables.

We generally prefer red roses for this theme, but we must admit these elegant julep cups filled with assorted roses and flowers work well, also...

Consider DIY if you prefer to stick with a more classic derby look. Simply add red roses to these lovely julep cups.

The Preakness Stakes, on the other hand, is associated with Black Eyed Susans. Since Black Eyed Susans are not readily available, consider using simple yellow daisies as a nod to the real thing.

A Day at the Races Theme Party Place Cards and Place Card Holders

Assign each table a jockey silk or hat and then write your guests’ names directly on the silk with a metallic pen. Both the coasters and the larger hats can work — it is a matter of preference. Out of the 3 options, we would probably go with the jockey hat coasters.

A Day at the Races Horse Racing Theme Party Favors

Any of the napkin rings or place cards can double as party favors but if if you wish to lavish even more gifts upon your guests, you can’t go wrong with either of these party favors. They will also add another dimension to your table setting. Order 1 party favor for each couple, 1 for each single.

A Day at the Races Theme Party Decorations

A Day at the Races Food & Drink Ideas

Kentucky Derby Food and Drink ideas

Kentucky Derby Party Recipes

In the Kentucky Kitchen

There are a few born-and-bred-in-Kentucky dishes that you'll see on every Derby party menu. The first is Henry Bain sauce. It was named after its inventor, who was the head waiter at Louisville's Pendennis Club. Bain made the sauce in 1881 as an accompaniment to wild game, and it's been a Louisville tradition ever since. A sweet, tangy, spicy concoction, this sauce is best served with beef tenderloin.

Another cornerstone of Louisville cuisine is the Hot Brown sandwich. Created by the chef of the Brown Hotel, this open-faced sandwich consists of two slices of toast topped with juicy roast turkey, tomato slices, crispy bacon and a blanket of Cheddar-Parmesan cheese sauce. The sandwich is then broiled until the cheese sauce turns golden brown.

From Louisville's Benedict Hotel comes the Benedictine, a cucumber canapé spread.

Kentucky Benedictine Tea Sandwiches

Recipes >> Henry Bain Sauce | Easy Barbeque Beef Tenderloin Steak | Kentucky Hot Brown | Party Cucumber Sandwiches

Derby Desserts

Dessert on Derby day can only be one thing: a rich, dense chocolate-nut pie flavored with Kentucky bourbon. The original version of this pie is trademarked and fiercely protected by its inventors, but there are several unofficial versions of it: Run for the Roses Pie, Eighth Race Pie, Thoroughbred Pie and Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie.

Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie

Recipes >> Run For The Roses Pie III | Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie | Eighth Race Pie

Derby Drinks

There is only one proper drink to have at a Kentucky Derby party, and that's a mint julep. A traditional mint julep is made with bourbon, muddled mint leaves and sugar, finely crushed ice and a generous sprig of mint for garnish. Almost every state in the South claims to have invented it. The time-honored way to serve a julep is in a frosty silver goblet, but you can use whatever festive cups you like. An extra-nice touch is to trim straws so they just slightly stick out of the cup. When guests sip from the short straws, their noses will be close to the refreshing mint garnish.

While it's certainly not traditional, consider serving an alternate cocktail for the bourbon-averse: a tart, minty Mojito or a nonalcoholic Mint Tea Punch.  

Mint Julep

Recipes >> Mint Juleps | Alcohol-Free Mint Julep | Mojito | Minty Tea Punch | Mint Julep Cups | Pre-Made Mint Julep Mix

Loving these wines with horses in the name and on the labels!

Candy, Cakes, and Cookies

Horse Racing Party Entertainment

Music and DVD


Update – look what we found! I beautifully crafted game you can play all year long!

Wooden Tabletop Horseracing Game

Wooden Tabletop Horse Racing Game

Don't forget a photo booth to show off your fabulous Derby Day outfits

Party Clothing, Shoes, and Accessories


Nothing says you are spending a day at the races more than a hat — wear one!

DIY  Derby Hat

Courtesy of Allrecipes Staff

The Derby hat is as longstanding and important a tradition as the Kentucky Derby itself. Almost everyone at the race or any Derby party will be wearing a spectacular hat, whether costly and custom-designed or made at home with a glue gun and imagination. Ask your Derby day guests to come wearing Derby hats, and offer prizes for the most ornate, the most stylish, the most creative and the most bizarre.

Or turn hat-decorating into a party activity: ask everyone to bring plain hats and a selection of ribbons, flowers, lace, tulle, feathers, plastic horse figurines, and any other hat decorations they can dream up. There is no such thing as too big, too bold, too elaborate or too outlandish. Provide glue guns, wire, tape, staplers and scissors, and let the fun begin!

Bright Butterfly Decorations | Pastel Butterfly Decorations | Jewels | BoasTrigger-Fed Glue Gun | Glue Gun Glue Sticks | Joann

Kentucky Derby T-shirts & Suits

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Horse Racing Books

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