A Horse Of Course Invitation | Arte Felguerez Jockey | Plastic Horse and Jockey Figures (Assorted Colors) | Horse Racing Party Plates | Horse Racing Jockey Hat with Goggles Party Favor | Horse Racing Jockey Hat with Goggles Party Favor | Long Stem Roses in Silver Vase | Horse and Jockey Centerpiece Decoration | Wild Horse Cabernet Sauvignon | Betmar Elise Straw Hat(Alternative hats:Glamorous Glorious Summer Wide Brim Hat, Lime Green Fascintator) | The Kentucky Derby Museum Cookbook | Bourbon Balls
...Mark your calendars. It is never too early to begin planning your Triple Crown parties.
Kentucky Derby – May 2, 2015
Preakness Stakes – May 16, 2015
Belmont Stakes – June 6, 2015
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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 …
This design was created especially for Kentucky Derby parties! Featuring blue skies, green grass, and the Kentucky Derby race track, this card is perfect for Derby-themed invitations and stationery. (Don’t forget to add your hats and mint juleps and create your very own caricature!).
A Day at the Races Theme Party Stamps
Personalize your stamps by usingZazzle custom postage. Before purchasing any postage, please be sure to bring a complete invitation, including all inserts, to a local post office to determine exactly how much postage is required.
Kentucky Derby Decorations
We are so excited – Shindigz has just released new Kentucky Derby theme decorations
Here are a few more Kentucky Derby party decor ideas
A Day at the Races Theme Party Paper Goods
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 or Kentucky Derby etched logo crystal vase.
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.
This Arte Felguerez Jockey sculpture looks great on its own, but looks even better when elevated and surrounded by flowers. We still have ours sitting on the fire place hearth nine years after we used it as part of a centerpiece!
These centerpieces are just too darn cute to stay still. Place them on this revolving base to add movement and pizzazz to your table.
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 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
Horse Racing Home Accents
A Day at the Races Food and Drink Ideas
Courtesy of Allrecipes Staff
It’s the most exciting two minutes in sports. The Kentucky Derby was first held in 1875, and the race endures as America’s longest-running annual sporting event.
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.
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.
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.
Candy, Cakes, and Cookies
Music and DVD
R/C Remote Control Horse Racing Challenge (Please note >> this product gets very mixed reviews!)
Party Clothing, Shoes, and Accessories
Nothing says you are spending a day at the races more than a hat — wear one!
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!
Neckties & Cufflinks
There are many pages of handsome ties for your day at the races: Zazzle
Make the Day Last a Lifetime
Don’t let this memorable night fade away with the morning sun. The next day, when all is still fresh, log onto Snapfish.com to create photo books, memory calendars, and even photo thank you notes or create a 5×7 photo card announcing the day, time, and location of your next celebration.
Or do it the old fashion way — print your photos and store them in an easily accessible photo album.
In addition to this year’s official Kentucky Derby merchandise, here are is just a sampling of even more goodies available at the Official Kentucky Derby Store. We particularly love this etched logo crystal vase that can be used year after year!
- Horse Racing Theme Party Ideas, Planning Tips & Supplies
- Kentucky Derby Decorations
- A Day at the Races Theme Party Paper Goods
- A Day at the Races Theme Party Centerpieces
- A Day at the Races Theme Party Decorations
- Horse Racing Home Accents
- A Day at the Races Food and Drink Ideas
- Make the Day Last a Lifetime
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