Planning the Ultimate 2024 Kentucky Derby Watch Party

The 2024 Kentucky Derby is set to unfold on Saturday, May 4th, at the historic Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. This iconic event, famously dubbed "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports," traditionally graces the first Saturday in May with thrilling races and fervent spectators. While the precise start time for the 2024 Kentucky Derby is yet to be officially disclosed, anticipation mounts for another unforgettable Derby day.

The Kentucky Derby is an iconic event, and what better way to celebrate than with an Ultimate Kentucky Derby Watch Party! Whether you’re a seasoned Derby-goer or just looking for an excuse to host a fun gathering, there’s something special about gathering friends and family to cheer on the horses and raise a glass to the occasion. And with EnFete’s extensive collection of Kentucky Derby Party Supplies, you’ll have everything you need to make your watch party a success. From decorations to tableware, and even delicious recipes, we’ve got you covered. So, put on your fanciest hat, grab a mint julep, and let’s get started planning the Ultimate Kentucky Derby Watch Party! This Year is the 150th Kentucky Derby!

When is the 2024 Kentucky Derby?

The 2024 Kentucky Derby is set to unfold on Saturday, May 4th, at the historic Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. This iconic event, famously dubbed “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports,” traditionally graces the first Saturday in May with thrilling races and fervent spectators. While the precise start time for the 2024 Kentucky Derby is yet to be officially disclosed, anticipation mounts for another unforgettable Derby day.

The 2024 Kentucky Derby is set to unfold on Saturday, May 4th, at the historic Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. This iconic event, famously dubbed "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports," traditionally graces the first Saturday in May with thrilling races and fervent spectators. While the precise start time for the 2024 Kentucky Derby is yet to be officially disclosed, anticipation mounts for another unforgettable Derby day.
n Oak's Lily cocktail waiting for the night before the Kentucky Derby!
Sip on style with the delicious Oaks Lily Cocktail, perfect for your Kentucky Derby watch party!

First, you’ll want to set the scene with a festive party backdrop. Decorate your space with our Derby Balloon banners Pair this with our “Talk Derby to Me” cocktail napkins, which are perfect for serving up Maker’s Mark bourbon cocktails, the essential drink of the Kentucky Derby.

Next, you’ll want to focus on the food. A Kentucky Hot Brown sandwich is a classic Derby dish, and our recipe uses Schar gluten-free buns, so everyone can enjoy this classic southern treat. Another great option is our gluten-free Bourbon Ball recipe, made with Maker’s Mark 46 bourbon.

Savor the flavors of the season with this beautifully curated veggie charcuterie plate! Our elegant white platters are the perfect backdrop for this delicious spread. When selecting items for your charcuterie trays, opt for a variety of fresh vegetables, dips, crackers, and spreads for a balanced and appetizing display.

Plan your perfect Kentucky Derby Watch Party with our ultimate guide. Tips for drinks, food, decorations, and more for a festive celebration. Savor the flavors of the season with this beautifully curated veggie charcuterie plate! Our elegant white platters are the perfect backdrop for this delicious spread. When selecting items for your charcuterie trays, opt for a variety of fresh vegetables, dips, crackers, and spreads for a balanced and appetizing display
Find Out How to Make this in Our Guide Here on EnFete

When planning your Kentucky Derby watch party, it’s important to estimate the right amount of finger food per guest. A general rule of thumb is to have about 5 to 7 pieces per person for a 2-hour event. You can also consider serving a mix of sweet and savory items to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. Don’t forget to also have a variety of gluten-free and vegetarian options for guests with dietary restrictions.

When it comes to drinks, we’ve got you covered. The “On Their Mark” cocktail, made with Maker’s Mark 46 bourbon, lemon soda, and cherry mixer, is the perfect Kentucky Derby party drink. And for those who prefer a non-alcoholic option, we’ve got the perfect Kentucky-style lemonade recipe.

When planning your Ultimate Kentucky Derby Watch party, you’ll need to estimate the number of drinks per person, and it’s important to keep in mind the average number of drinks each guest will consume. Generally, a good rule of thumb is to plan for 2 drinks per person, per hour. However, this number can vary depending on the group and the type of drinks being served. If your group is comprised of 30-year-olds, they may be more likely to enjoy a cocktail or two, so consider increasing your estimate accordingly. To be safe, it’s always best to err on the side of having a little extra, rather than running out during the party.

If you’d like to know how many napkins to have per guest for all these drinks, check out our blog post here.

Kentucky Derby Frosted Party Cups - Gold Horseshoe and "and they're off!" on the other side. Perfect for a Derby Bridal Shower.
Gold Horseshoe Frosted Cups

Our Frosted 12 oz Gold Horseshoe Cups with “And They’re Off” are the perfect addition to your Ultimate Kentucky Derby Watch Party. These cups add a touch of elegance and sophistication to your party and are the ideal vessel for sipping your mint juleps or other Derby-inspired cocktails. The golden horseshoe design and “And They’re Off” print are a nod to the iconic horse racing event, making them a must-have for any true fan of the Kentucky Derby. Not only are they stylish, but they are also made of durable material, ensuring that they can be used year after year for all of your future Kentucky Derby Watch Parties.

Finally, don’t forget to add some festive decorations to your space. Our gold horseshoe centerpiece picks are the perfect addition to your Derby party, as they add a Derby Icon and a touch of southern charm.

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Derby Horseshoe Centerpiece Picks

When it comes to throwing the ultimate Kentucky Derby watch party, every detail counts. And one detail that can add a touch of fun and excitement to your party is our Place Your Bets Cards printable sign and cards set. These cards allow your guests to place bets on their favorite horses, just like they would at the actual Kentucky Derby. They’re easy to use and add an extra element of fun to your party. Simply write the names of the horses on the cards, have your guests place their bets, and then track the results as the race unfolds. Our Place Your Bets Cards set is the perfect addition to your Kentucky Derby watch party, making it feel like you’re right there at Churchill Downs. So, be sure to add this to your party planning checklist and get ready for a day of fun, excitement, and horse racing!

Place Your Bets Sign and Printable Wager Cards - Downloadable so you can do this if it's already Kentucky Derby day and you need an activity for your party.

With EnFete’s Kentucky Derby party supplies, you’ll have everything you need to host a memorable and stylish celebration. So put on your finest hat, raise a glass of Maker’s Mark 46, and let the races begin!

Planning the Ultimate Kentucky Derby Watch Party

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