Celebrating With a Kentucky Derby Watch Party in Style

The longest held sporting event in America is the Kentucky Derby, which is one of the most famous horse racing events in the world. As known as the “Run for the Roses”, it is the first leg in the American Triple Crown series, and is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. The race itself is only 1.25 miles long, which the winning horse is usually able to finish in just about 2 minutes. However, festivities surrounding this special race usually last much longer, and this year is sure to be extra special due to the special anniversary. 


In order to celebrate this special event, hosts will have to plan party details thoughtfully in advance to ensure their guests have the best Kentucky Derby viewing experience. Providing tasty food is a given at any party, and Kentucky Derby themed parties are no different. Southern food is a popular choice, such as fried chicken, buttermilk biscuits, and Southern fried okra. Dessert options are just as plentiful, with some top picks including bourbon or pecan pies. It is important to forecast the number of attendees and what their dietary restrictions are to make sure everyone is well fed at the conclusion of the party. 


Considering how the food will be set up is also an important part of the planning process. A buffet with different areas is the most efficient way for guests to grab food and mingle with other guests. Guests should be able to sit and eat their food with the TV easily visible so they don’t miss any of the Derby’s events. Catering is a popular choice for many viewing parties, to ensure quality and variety of food options. Feast BBQ, Against the Grain Catering, Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen, and J. Gumbo’s are some of the most popular options in the Louisville area. Guests can also bring some of their own dishes in a potluck style. 


Planning games and activities for guests is also important to help set the atmosphere of a Kentucky themed party. Derby festivities usually involve extravagant hats, so throwing a contest could be a great way to drum up some fun at the party. The winner could be gifted a small prize or gift card to make the stakes even higher. Mint julep Derby bet can be a great way to get guests excited about the outcome of the race. Derby themed Bingo could also be a really fun activity, where guests have to compete in a Bingo tournament with words associated with the race, such as Triple Crown, bourbon, and Jockey. Themed music could also lead to fun dancing if there is room. Famous songs include “My Old Kentucky Home” and “Run for the Roses”, which are both traditional race day songs. 


With all of the proper planning, a Kentucky Derby themed party is sure to be a hit with guests and drum up the excitement for the 150th anniversary of this major sporting event. Even though the race itself is short, the party doesn’t have to be!