A Day at the Races – Horse Racing Theme Party

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Horse Racing Theme Party Ideas, Planning Tips & Supplies

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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 …

Day At The Races Derby Dapper

Day At The Races | Derby Dapper

A Horse Of Course Horsepower

A Horse Of Course | Horsepower

Kentucky Derby Invitations Horse Racing Party Invitation

Kentucky Derby Invitations |  Horse Racing Party Invitation

Cute Little Jockey RSVP Card invitation   Three Horses Racing - Neck and Neck to Finish invitation

Cute Little Jockey RSVP CardThree Horses Racing – Neck and Neck to Finish

 kentucky derby hat bridal shower invitationoff and running horse race party invitation

Kentucky Derby Hat Bridal Shower Invitation  | Off and Running Invitation | Preakness Party Invitations | Racing Horses race Kentucky Derby Party Invitation | Hose Racing Party Invitations |

Mint Julep Invitation  Fun Invitation To Host a Ky Kentucky Derby Party   Thoroughbred Race Horse Invitation

Mint Julep | Fun Invitation To Host a Ky Kentucky Derby Party | Thoroughbred Race Horse Invitation

Mint Julep Recipe Card Mint Julep Recipe Card

Mint Julep | Mint Julep Recipe Card | Mint Julep

Race Time Invitation Crane Racing Horse  Ecru Announcement Jockey Silks Horse Racing Invitation

Race Time Invitation | Crane Blind Ecru Announcement | Silks

Kentucky Derby Personalized Invitations  Kentucky Derby Party Invites  Personalized Kentucky Derby Party Invitations

Kentucky Derby Personalized Caricature Invitations

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.

Derby Time in Ky. stampSTRAIGHTAWAY! U.S. postage stampTOP Race to Victory stamp

STRAIGHTAWAY! U.S. postage | TOP Race to Victory


Kentucky Derby Decorations

We are so excited – Shindigz has just released new Kentucky Derby theme decorations

Kentucky Derby Theme Party Decorations

Here are a few more Kentucky Derby party decor ideas

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

A Day at the Races – Spring Carnival DIY Party Printable

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.


100 Premium Red Roses in a Vase - 100 Red Roses in a Vase   Ultimate Elegance Premium Long Stem Red Roses - Four Dozen Red Roses    Silk Rose Flowers w/Raindrops

100 Premium Red Roses in a Vase – 100 Red Roses in a Vase | Ultimate Elegance Premium Long Stem Red Roses – Four Dozen Red Roses | Silk Rose Flowers w/Raindrops

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.

 Arthur Court Churchill Downs Metal Mint Julep CupMint Julep" Cup Vase

Arthur Court Churchill Downs Metal Mint Julep Cup | Mini Mint Julep Cups | Mint Julep” Cup 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.

yellow bouquet in clear glass pitcher

1 800 Baskets | 1 800 Flowers | Flora2000 | FTD | GiftTree

Jockey Centerpieces


Arte Felguerez Jockey | HORSE AND JOCKEY CENTERPIECE DECORATION | Musical Horse Racing Snow Globe | Bronze Racehorse & Jockey Sculpture

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!

Other fun looks …

       Barbie Kentucky Derby Doll

Barbie Kentucky Derby Doll

      Ky Derby Party Horse & Jockey Centerpiece Cascade Derby Day Playmates       HORSE RACING DESSERT PLATES " DAY AT THE RACES"

Now Make It Move

These centerpieces are just too darn cute to stay still. Place them on this revolving base to add movement and pizzazz to your table.

Large Rotating Display Base Has Mirror Top And Will Hold Up To 44 Lbs.

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.

Derby Day Plastic Jockey Helmets Party Accessory                JOCKEY HAT OR CAP DRINK COASTERS

Derby Day Plastic Jockey Helmets Party Accessory | Jockey Helmet Cutouts

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.

Woodford Reserve Bourbon Balls (4 pc Gift Boxes)       Horse Racing Coasters (Pack of 8)

Woodford Reserve Bourbon Balls (4 pc Gift Boxes) | Horse Racing Coasters (Pack of 8)

A Day at the Races Theme Party Decorations

Festive Derby Bead Necklace with Jockey Capshorse balloon
Festive Derby Bead Necklace with Jockey Caps | Brown Horse Balloon | JOCKEY ZONE – Sign | 14″ Two Sided Horse Racing Cutouts

Horse Racing Home Accents

Serving Pieces

Arthur Court Kentucky Derby Oval Serving Tray | Arthur Court Horse 12-Inch Bread Tray


Arthur Court Kentucky Derby Spire Salt and Pepper Set     Arthur Court Thoroughbred 6-Inch Napkin Holder

Arthur Court Kentucky Derby Spire Salt and Pepper Set | Arthur Court Thoroughbred 6-Inch Napkin Holder | More Arthur Court Kentucky Derby Collection | More Arthur Court Horse Serving Pieces

Horse Racing Doormat

Horse Racing Doormat

A Day at the Races Food and Drink Ideas

Kentucky Derby Party Recipes

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.

Benedictine, a cucumber canapé spread

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.

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan 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 Juleps

Candy, Cakes, and Cookies

Woodford Reserve Bourbon Balls (4 pc Gift Boxes)Pantastic Horse Shoe Cake PansHorse Racing Cake Topper Figure

Woodford Reserve Bourbon Balls (4 pc Gift Boxes) | CK Products Pantastic Cake Pans | Horse Racing Cake Topper Figure

Handmade Fondant Kentucky Derby Toppers     Glitter Horse Cake Topper

Handmade Fondant Kentucky Derby Toppers | Glitter Horse Cake Topper


Music and DVD

The First Saturday in May      My Old Kentucky Home (Pop)

The First Saturday in May | My Old Kentucky Home (Pop)


Win, Place & Show Tickets      Lets Go to the Races VCR Horse Racing Game

HORSE RACKING TOTE TICKETS SET OF 200 | Lets Go to the Races VCR Horse Racing Game |

Plastic Horse and Jockey Figures (Assorted Colors)

Plastic Horse and Jockey Figures (Assorted Colors)

The Racing Horse Game    Desktop Derby 6-Horse Racing Game

The Racing Horse Game | Desktop Derby 6-Horse Racing Game


R/C Remote Control Horse Racing Challenge

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!

Kentucky Derby Hats

Affordable Kentucky Derby Hats | Extravagant Kentucky Derby Hats

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 | Boas | Deluxe Boas | Feather Boas | Trigger-Fed Glue Gun | Glue Gun Glue Sticks | Joann

Neckties & Cufflinks

There are many pages of handsome ties for your day at the races: Zazzle

Horse Racing Tie tie    Horse Racing Cufflinks

Horse Racing Tie | Horse Racing Necktie | Jockey Horse Racing Cufflinks w/Gift Box


The Kentucky Derby Museum Heart Healty Cook Book: A Horse Sense Guide to Smart Cooking    Derby Entertaining
The Kentucky Derby Museum Cookbook | Derby Entertaining

The Kentucky Derby- 101 Reasons to Love America's Favorite Horse Race         The History of Horse Racing

The Kentucky Derby: 101 Reasons to Love America’s Favorite Horse Race | History of Horse Racing


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.

Photobooks | Photocards | Wall Calendars

Or do it the old fashion way — print your photos and store them in an easily accessible photo album.

Just Gallopin Rachel binderJockeys Before the Race by Edgar Degas binderTOP Derby Day binder

 Just Gallopin Rachel | Jockeys Before the Race by Edgar Degas | TOP Derby Day |Photo Pages for 3-Ring Binders

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!

Kentucky Derby Goodies & Ideas

Party Hearty!

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