A Kentucky Derby Party to celebrate the running of the roses is one of those theme parties that sounds easy, but then what do you serve? How can you decorate?
Whether it’s outside, on the rail, or in your dining room – here are some wonderful ideas to help you host a Kentucky Derby party to remember in 2021! You’ll want to have food, cocktails and lots of fun equestrian-themed decor on hand to celebrate the running of the Roses
Here are 5 Simple Ideas for Hosting
1) Make anything horse-shoe-shaped! I chose small finger sandwiches. I made a simple mixture of grated cucumbers and cream cheese, called Benedictine Spread, which is spread between sandwich bread that I cut with “U” shaped cookie cutter. I topped with my green gingham cupcake toppers, which are perfect for accenting appetizers and snacks.
(I bought a bigger horse show cookie cutter just for this purpose, but NONE of my gluten-free bread was big enough to use it, so I got out my alphabet cookie cutters and used the “U”!…always improvising!)
Decorating the plate with cucumbers and red radish wedges repeated the colors of the roses.
Check out the EnFete Derby Collection in the shop.
2) Serve a fun cocktail, whether it’s Mint Juleps or something else, every Kentucky Derby party needs a fun libation. Try my Kentucky Derby Adult Lemonade – made with Maker’s Mark Kentucky Bourbon.
3) Decorate in green and white and use Derby horseshow ribbons as a theme. I love the classic preppy green of this handmade Derby decorations collection I made for the shop. Have fun and decorate doorways, windows or put a ribbon on the front door.
4) If you’re celebrating the Running of the Roses, then you have to have ROSES! I arranged some in an old trophy cup (from my grandmother’s chicken shows!) and added a little Bells of Ireland as an accent.
5) Bowtie Utensil Packages! See my tutorial to make these easy accents perfect for so many horse-themed, Derby-themed and preppy parties and picnics!
You’re now set with FIVE ideas to make your Derby Party perfect. Check out More Inspiration inside EnFete.
Shop the entire Kentucky Derby 2021 Collection in the EnFete shop to put together the perfect Derby party in one place.
Talk Derby to Me Napkins in Coral$8.00
Kentucky Derby Cocktail Napkins – Coral Roses$7.00
Talk Derby to Me Pink Napkins$8.00
Talk Derby To Me Sign$5.25
And They’re Off to the Altar Derby Stickers$7.00
Botanical Tea Party Cups$9.00
Botanical Tea Party Paper Plates$7.00
Talk Derby to Me Stickers, Thank You Stickers$6.00 – $7.00
Derby Party – Green Gingham Cupcake Toppers
Derby Party Bourbon Bar Sign$5.25
Kentucky Derby Hat Custom Drink Stirrers$28.00
Kentucky Derby Party Horse Show Ribbon Cake Topper$13.00
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