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Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Party | PartyShelf.com

 

 

   Kentucky Derby - Run For The Roses 

   May 3, 2014 - 140th Kentucky Derby

 

 

Party Ideas by Party Consultant Michelle Hylton         Updated: 07/14/2014

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(Items in party plan from multiple vendors.)

 

It was many years ago, when I went to my first Kentucky Derby party. I had no idea what to expect, but was told to decorate a hat and be ready to bet on some horses.

As we entered the party we were served mint julep and escorted to a ticket counter. Tickets were sold for betting. The money collected was used for prize money and there were some door prizes as well.

Taped to all the cabinets in the kitchen were signs with the names, photos and odds for each race horse. Under each photo were 3 envelopes; First, Place and Show. You would choose where you wanted to place your tickets. You would put your name on the ticket and place it in a pocket.

Across the room was the large TV screen for everyone to view. Before the big event started on TV, they held a Kentucky Derby trivia contest and gave out Kentucky Derby t-shirts, mugs, hats, etc. to the winners.

At race time, the room got quiet. And then everyone was shouting for their favorite horse. I think all of our voices were hoarse after that!

Then came the disappointment for those whose favorites didn't place, so they hit the buffet line! As guest mingled the host/hostess pulled the winning horse and ticket pocket. They then drew winners from each pocket to win cash prizes. All hats were put on display for voting, the one with the most votes won a prize.

And yes it's the shortest minutes in sports, but what a great time we had!

 

I've put pulled together great party supplies and ideas below to get you started with your party, so get started before we head into the stretch!

 

Kentucky Derby Fundraiser

Hold a "Run for the Roses" benefit for your favorite charity. Contact local business to help sponsor the event.  Offer pre-activities like a local band, Hat parade and contest, games, pony rides for kids, etc.  Set up large viewing screens to view the race.  

 

Here are some ideas to raise money:

1. Admission Ticket/Food Sales at Event

2. Pick the winning horse - You will set a price for each pick, let them pick as many as they want.  Draw from the winning horse entries for attendees to win prizes or portion of money collected.

 

Invitation Ideas

Personalized Kentucky Derby Invitations

Use the Stub for Door Prize Entries!

Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Party | PartyShelf.com

 

Kentucky Derby Ticket Invitations |  PartyShelf.com

 

Kentucky Derby Photo Ticket Invite | PartyShelf.com

 

 Kentucky Derby Invitations | PartyShelf.com

  Kentucky Derby Invitations Pkg/8

 

 
Kentucky Derby Tablescape | PartyShelf.com
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Buffet/Party Tables Derby Fun Southern Barbeque

Set up your buffet with red, black or white table covers and scatter with silk red rose petals.

 Kentucky Derby Lunch Napkins | PartyShelf.com

 

Wrap utensils in Kentucky Derby napkins and tie with raffia and place in tin metal bucket at start of buffet table.

 Kentucky Derby Personalized Centerpieces | PartyShelf.com #kentuckyderby

Kentucky Derby 2014 Centerpiece Personalized Centerpiece  | PartyShelf.com

 Rose Topiary Centerpiece Red | PartyShelf.com | #kentuckyderby

Decorate your tables with personalized Kentucky Derby Personalized Centerpieces , Kentucky Derby 2014 Personalized Centerpiece or red rose topiaries.

 Candy Buffet Clear Containers | PartyShelf.com

 Candy Buffet Clear

Container Set and

Candy Scoop Set

 

Fill with fun candies or nuts for your guest. Three containers and stickers included, scoops are not include but are available separately. 

 

 Stretch Fabric Chair Cover White | Kentucky Derby | PartyShelf.com

For a more formal dining affair cover chairs with white or black Stretch Fabric and tie with red chair sashes.

 

 Kentucky Derby 2014 Yard Sign Personalized Yard Sign | PartyShelf.com

Greet guest with Kentucky Derby 2014 Personalized Yard Sign.

 

 Kentucky Derby Plates | PartyShelf.com

Make it a fun event with

 the Official Kentucky Derby Partyware.

 Plastic Jockey Helmets | Kentucky Derby | PartyShelf.com

Derby Day Whirls Pkg/5| PartyShelf.com

 

Decorate around the room with any of the following themed decor:

Kentucky Derby Sign 2014 | PartyShelf.com Kentucky Derby Sign 2014

 

 

 Kentucky Derby Balloons | PartyShelf.com

 

 Kentucky Derby Balloons  Horse Mylar Balloon | Kentucky Derby | PartyShelf.com

 

 Western Money Bag | PartyShelf.com

Western Money Bag

 

To match this year's official party goods add black, gold,  red and light blue balloons around your party room with some horse mylar balloon tie them to these fun money bags and place around the room. Fill money bag with rice or add a weight and then stuff with newspaper to give fullness to the bag. 

Kentucky Derby Barbeque Party | PartyShelf.com

Keep it simple on the grill and then come in for the big race. Serve up your food with the Bandana Print Basic Kit-N-Kaboodle party kit.

Bandana Print Basic Kit-N-Kaboodle | PartyShelf.com

 

 Tin Metal Buckets Dozen | PartyShelf.com

Use Tin Metal Buckets filled with party snacks on picnic tables. Create a table centerpiece with some of this mini 12" Straw Bales.

 

 Silverado Horseshoe Entrance Silverado Horseshoe Entrance

 

 Bandana Print Pennant Banner

 Bandana Print Pennant Banner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make an Impression  
 

 Kentucky Derby Rose Horseshoe Standee | PartyShelf.com

  Kentucky Derby Rose Horseshoe Standee

 Kentucky Derby Run For The Roses Standee  | PartyShelf.com

  Kentucky Derby Run For The Roses Standee

 Kentucky Derby Winning Horse Standee  | PartyShelf.com

 Kentucky Derby Winning Horse Standee

 Kentucky Derby Trophy Standee  | PartyShelf.com

 Kentucky Derby Trophy Standee

 Kentucky Derby Rose Horseshoe Arch  | PartyShelf.com

 Kentucky Derby Rose Horseshoe Arch

 Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Standee  | PartyShelf.com

 Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Standee

 Churchill Downs Spire Entrance Churchill Downs Spire Entrance  Kentucky Derby Red Carpet Photo Standee Kentucky Derby Red Carpet Photo Standee

 Horse Race Tote Board Standee

  Horse Race Tote Board Standee

 

Party Extras  
 
 Kentucky Derby Tote Stickers Kentucky Derby Tote Stickers  Fanci-Fetti Horses

  Fanci-Fetti Horses

 Kentucky Derby 10 oz. Cups Kentucky Derby 10 oz. Cups

 Plastic Table Skirt Classic Red  | PartyShelf.com Plastic Table Skirt Classic Red

 

Plastic Table Skirt Black Velvet

 Round Polyester Tablecloth Black  | PartyShelf.com 90" Round Polyester Tablecloth Black

  120" Round Polyester Tablecloth Black

 Gossamer | PartyShelf.com Gossamer 60"x25 Yd Black

 

Gossamer 60"x25 Yd Red

 Ivy Vine Garland W/roses Red  | PartyShelf.com Ivy Vine Garland W/roses Red

 11 11" Glitter Roses Balloons Black Pkg/25

 Red Roses Pin with Brilliant Swarovski Crystal

Perfect for Party Hostess

Red Roses Pin with Brilliant Swarovski Crystal

 72 72"x24" Vertical Attach N Go Banner

Western Lantern  | PartyShelf.com

Western Lantern

Mint Julep Cup

  Mint Julep Cup

Glittered Horseshoe Cut Outs Pkg/12 Glittered Horseshoe Cut Outs Pkg/12

 VIP Black Plastic Wristbands - 100 ct.

  VIP Black Plastic Wristbands - 100 ct.

For larger events use wristbands for entrance or identify over 21 adults.

 Discount Tyvek Wristbands 

 

 

 

 

Activities

Hat Contest or Hat Making Activity

 

1. Ask guest to wear their most ornate hats and hold a contest to determine the winner.

 

2. Set up an area where guest can decorate Derby Hats (pkg/12) with craft supplies. At the end of the party have a hat fashion show and choose a winner by applaud.

 

Here was a hat I created a few years ago.

Kentucky Derby Hat crafting  | PartyShelf.com

 

Piñata - Fun for the kids

 

 Horse Pinata (17'')

 Horse Pinata (17'')

 

 Royal Colour Pencil by Number Mini Horse  | PartyShelf.com

 Royal Colour Pencil by Number Mini Horse

 

 The Racing Horse Game

The Racing Horse Game

Win, Place, Show

 

As guest arrive, give them one each a Win, Place & Show Ticket. Guest write their name and the name of the horse they think will win, place or show on the appropriate ticket. 

 

Have a drop box for Win, Place, & Show. Guest place their tickets in the appropriate box.

 

At the end of the race, go through tickets for all correct ones and then redraw a winner for each.  

                                              

Favor/Prize Ideas

 Red Roses Candy Jar Personalized Glass Candy Jar

Red Roses Candy Jar Personalized Glass Candy Jar

 Horse Shoe Charm (Set of 12)

Horse Shoe Charm

(Set of 12)

 Red Light Up Rose

  Red Light Up Rose

 Red Rose Hard Candy Lollipops: 12-Piece Bag

  Red Rose Hard Candy Lollipops: 12-Piece Bag

  3-D Red Rose Hard Candy Lollipops: 120-Piece Bag

3-D Red Rose Hard Candy Lollipops: 120-Piece Bag

 

 Dark Horse Chocolates 12 Piece Sea Biscuits

 Toy Horses Pkg/12

  Toy Horses Pkg/12

 40 40" Rose Lei

Beads With Derby Day Medallion 

Beads With Derby Day Medallion

 Horseshoe Fanci-Frames Horseshoe Fanci-Frames

 Plush Horse Plush Horse

Grand Prize/Auction Item 

Mint Julep Essentials Set Mint Julep Essentials Set

               

Kentucky Bourbon Pecans 7oz

Kentucky Derby Party Recipes & Drinks

Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Party  | PartyShelf.com

Mint Julep Recipe

 

 Mint Julep Cup

  Mint Julep Cup

 

 The traditional beverage of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby!

 

Bourban Smash | Kentucky Derby Party | PartyShelf.com

Bourbon Smash

 

 Mint Julep Gelees | Kentucky Derby Party | PartyShelf.com

Mint Julep Gelées

To make these less strong, increase cold water to 2¼ cups and reduce bourbon to ¾ cup.

 

Long Island Tea |  | Kentucky Derby Party | PartyShelf.com

Long Island Tea

 

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and check out Kentucky Proud Recipes.

Kentucky Proud supports Kentucky’s farm families.

 

Kentucky Derby Party  | PartyShelf.com

Visit Southern Living for some delicious Kentucky Derby Recipes!

 

 Makers Mark Bourbon Liquor Chocolates: 16-Ounce Box

Makers Mark Bourbon Liquor Chocolates: 16-Ounce Box

 

 Kentucky Bourbon Pecans 7oz

 

 Mint Julep Derby Almonds 7oz

 

More Derby Links:

 Everyday Low Shipping at StateLineTack.com | Kentucky Derby | PartyShelf.com

 

Visit my Kentucky Derby Board on Pinterest

 

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