The Kentucky Derby is an annual horse race held in Louisville, Kentucky at a track called Churchill Downs. The 2015 edition of the Kentucky Derby will be it’s 141st renewal, making it one of the oldest and greatest sporting events in the United States. Some sports enthusiasts even refer to this spectacle as “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports”, because of the pre-race build up, the excitement of race day, and the duration of the actual Derby.
For lots of people, the Kentucky Derby is the ultimate way to celebrate spring as it’s normally held during the first weekend of May. If you are looking for a great idea on how to welcome in the warm weather, and hang out with some of your closest friends, why not have your own Kentucky Derby Party? Having your own Kentucky Derby party is a great way to get everyone together for a wonderful afternoon of food, fun, and excitement. You can serve all the traditional fare, have fun outdoor games for the kids, and even fun activities for the adults, too.
Part one of this mini-series focused in on the right types of traditional food, drinks, and decor to have at your Derby party. Today’s post will reflect more all the fun activities that you can enlist to make sure your get together is a winning success.
Derby Party Invitations
Once you’ve decided to host a Derby party, you need to get your guest list together and your invitations on their way. Make your invitations fun and Derby inspired. You can send an e-vite or go the old-fashioned route and mail your invites out. Just be sure to get them in the mail in plenty of time so your guests can make the appropriate plans. Be sure to include the times, date, and any special instructions, such as whether everyone is supposed to bring a side dish, or what everyone attending should wear.
Games And Entertainment
The Kentucky Derby actually only lasts about two minutes from start to finish. To make your Derby fun and even more exciting, be sure to plan a few extra activities to keep your guests entertained before and after the race. You should plan a mixture of fun things that both kids and adults will enjoy.
Hat Contest – One of the more fun and fashionable elements of The Kentucky Derby is all of the fancy hats you’ll see at Churchill Downs. You should take this idea and turn it into a contest for all of your guests. Ask your guests to wear special Derby hats to your party and give out a prize for the best one, or most Derby inspired.
Simple Bet – Have a Kentucky Derby pool with a buy-in of $5.00. Everyone gets to pick a horse, or a horse and a time, and who ever gets it right, or the closest wins all the money buy-in.
Horseshoes & Corn Hole – Kids love to play horseshoes and corn hole. You should set up the poles, or the boards in your backyard and have a tournament. You can have boys against the girls, or kids versus adults. Horseshoes and corn hole are the perfect warm weather games that everyone will enjoy playing.
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