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How to Host a Kentucky Derby Party

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The Kentucky Derby is usually held during the first weekend of May, so that means the big race is just right around the corner. If you are still looking for a fantastic way to really kick off spring, and the warmer weather finally starting to arrive, then why not plan a get together with your closest friends, family, and loved ones? Having a Kentucky Derby party is the perfect way to have a really memorable event that everyone should really enjoy. Your favorite Raleigh caterers, Catering By Design, have put together a two part series on how to have a really fun Kentucky Derby party. These tips will ensure that your party is as authentic as one at Churchill Downs.

In part one, we are going to discuss the food and some of the decorations that you should have at your party. Part two of the series will concentrate on games, entertainment, and all the fun things to make your Derby Party a success.

Derby Food Favorites

If you are going to have a Kentucky Derby party, you really want it to be as authentic as possible. That is why you want to be sure that your menu is something similar to what they’ll be serving in Louisville. Here are a few of the most essential, and traditional recipes you must serve at your Derby party. Don’t worry, most everyone should love all of these.

Kentucky Hot Browns
Bourbon-Marinated Pork Tenderloin
Country Ham and Biscuits
Chocolate-Bourbon Pecan Pie
Bourbon Balls

Delicious Derby Cocktails

Probably the most celebrated of all of the signature Derby cocktails is the Mint Julep. This iconic drink is a staple of the Kentucky Derby. If you can, serve it in a silver julep cup to give your guests a real feel of how they drink them at the Derby. The traditional presentation will really set your party apart. Below, you’ll find a few more traditional race-day cocktails to try.

Classic Mint Julep
Black-eyed Susan Cocktail
Whiskey Sours
Bourbon Cider Sour

Derby Decorations

The Kentucky Derby has a nickname, sometimes the race can be called “The Run for the Roses”, so why not take the name and “run” with it. You can decorate your event venue with the classic flower and incorporate red and white roses in with the centerpieces, or use them as small tabletop decorations as well. Just think classy. Have the women wear their favorite and most outrageous hats, while the men should be dressed in their finest seersucker suits, pastels, with matching bow ties.

The Best Raleigh Caterers | Catering By Design

Catering By Design should be your number one choice when only the top Raleigh caterers will do. We offer great prices and awesome customer service for every event we cater, no matter the size. If you don’t need full-service catering, ask about our delivery service. We will be happy to just deliver the food, at your scheduled time, and take off after everything has been approved. Call us today so we can cater your Kentucky Derby Party.