In the Southern party pantheon, celebrating the Kentucky Derby is right up there with tailgating and dinners on the ground. The 140th race is this Saturday, so get out your silver polish and follow our guide to enjoying the best two minutes in sports.
There are a few things you’ll need to put together a trophy-worthy party for the Derby.
- Invitations Make sure your guests know to arrive for an experience that will make them think they are actually at Churchill Downs—bow ties and big hats in place. An invitation like this customizable one from Sweet Greets Designs in Houston, Texas is sure to do the trick. Kentucky Derby Party Invitations, $73 for 25
- Party Accessories Options are endless, but these adorable drink stirrers are must-have pick for the perfect party accessory. Pony Drink Stirrers, $20 for a set of 10
- Horse Shoes No derby party is complete without a game of horse shoes on the lawn. This easy portable set will keep you playing year after year. St. Pierre American Horseshoe Set, $64.97
- Trophy Vases Nothing says Derby Day like a beautiful arrangement in a winning cup. If you haven’t had time to source vintage metal trophies, these cheap and cheerful versions will still give you the look. Jumbo Trophy, $5.99
The Derby is also a perfect cause to enjoy spring’s fresh flavors. Here’s what we’ll be serving up at our own shindig.