Hosting a Kentucky Derby Party – 5 Must Try Ideas

Kentucky Derby Party Ideas for a fun 2020 Derby Party

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?

Looking to host a memorable Kentucky Derby party in 2023? Look no further! Whether you’re enjoying the festivities outside, on the rail, or in the comfort of your own dining room, we’ve got you covered with these 5 must-try ideas. From delicious food and refreshing cocktails to equestrian-themed decor, we’ll help you bring the excitement of the running of the Roses to your party. Get ready to make your Kentucky Derby party one to remember with our expert tips and recommendations.

Here are 5 Simple Ideas for Hosting

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Make Anything Horseshoe Shaped

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 with gluten-free!)

Decorating the plate with cucumbers and red radish wedges repeated the colors of the roses.

Benedictine Spread Sandwiches with horse shoe shaped bread for a Kentucky Derby Party to celebrate the running of the roses
Kentucky Derby Cocktail Napkins with a grey horse show with coral and plum watercolor roses by EnFete LLC
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Check out the EnFete Kentucky Derby Party 2023 Collection in the shop.


Kentucky Derby Party - 5 Must Try Ideas for Hosting a Derby Party
Derby Party – Use One of Our Cupcake Toppers for your Sandwiches and Other Finger Foods

Serve a Fun Cocktail in Addition to Mint Juleps

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.  We also have a recipe for an Oaks Lily Cocktail on our blog.

On Their Mark cocktails for derby party
Talk Derby to me napkins in forest green
Talk Derby to Me Napkins in Forest Green
Mint Juleps Kentucky Derby 2020 Party Printable
Printable Mint Juleps Sign Available in the EnFete Derby Shop

Use Horseshoe Ribbons

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. 

Derby party buffet table with horse show ribbon garland on table
Horse Show Ribbon Cake Topper Available Exclusively From EnFete

Horse show ribbon garland for Kentucky Derby Party
Green ribbon garland from the EnFete Shop

Use LOTS of Red Roses or Other Colors to Compliment Your Kentucky Derby Party Theme

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.  

derby party cupcakes with cupcake toppers and trophy centerpiece perfect to host a run for the roses party

Rose trophy centerpiece for Derby Party - running of the roses

Derby Party Bowtie Utensil Packages

Bowtie Utensil Packages!  See my tutorial to make these easy accents perfect for so many horse-themed, Derby-themed and preppy parties and picnics!

Run for the roses Derby Centerpieces - hosting a Kentucky derby party

Make those Bow Ties above from these popular shop choices in dinner napkins:

You’re now set with FIVE ideas to make your Derby Party perfect. Check out More Inspiration inside EnFete.

Disposable Julep Cups
Disposable Julep Style Cups

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