There are a lot of elements that can make a Kentucky Derby successful. We'll discuss a few of those things in this blog, but we're going to start with the most important. We have to first point out that if your party-goers don't have great hats, it's not a true Kentucky Derby party. Lucky for you, has plenty of options that are perfect for race day! For men, we have handsome trilbies and fedoras that will add just the right amount of gentlemanly charm to your outfit. For women, we have gorgeous wide brim hats, charming floppy hats, festive special event styles, and eye-catching fascinators to get the party started. After you find the right hats hat, read through the rest of our Kentucky Derby party pointers and start planning the perfect bash!

Kentucky Derby Hats

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The Litestraw® Sammy Trilby is an excellent choice for the derby. The trilby is a classic shape often seen on male patrons at Churchill Downs. The color-contrasting fibers woven into the side of the hat provide that unique touch that you're looking for in a derby hat; charismatic but tasteful at the same time.


Kentucky Derby Drinks

An important aspect of throwing a Kentucky Derby party is providing proper beverages for your guests. Aside from the typical beer and wine that you might serve at a party, there are some traditional cocktails that are associated with the Kentucky Derby. Your guests will be impressed with your attention to detail. Bourbon is a staple drink in Kentucky, so it's natural that whiskey has become an important part of celebrating the Kentucky Derby. Specifically, the Mint Julep has become the most popular cocktail for derby patrons. The Mint Julep is a refreshing beverage that uses bourbon and a few other simple ingredients; check out some awesome Mint Julep recipes here!


If you need a few more ideas, the official site for the Kentucky Derby includes recipes for these great cocktails:


- Grey Goose® Oaks Lily®

Spicy Bloody Mary

- Sweet Iced Tea

- Old Forester Mint Julep Lemonade

- Stella Artois Cidre Cimosa

Kentucky Derby Fod

You're best bet for food will involve a mix of classic, rich southern comfort food and lighter fare like fresh salads and sandwiches. We searched around and found some of the best recipes on the web.


Kentucky Hot Brown 

Bourbon PorkTenderloin

Country Ham and Biscuits

Kentucky Bourbon Balls

Pecan Pie


- Black and Blue Spring Salad

- Smoked Turkey and Brie

Check out more recipes by clicking HERE.

Kentucky Derby Games & Activities


The Kentucky Derby is often referred to as the most exciting two minutes in sports. There might be a lot of action packed into that two minutes, but it's still only 120 seconds off the clock. You'll want to have a variety of games and activities to keep your guest entertained. Yard games are a fun way to get people outside and moving around. Some possibilities include: Croquet, badminton, horsehoes, and cornhole.

Having a horse to root for adds an extra thrill to watching the race. To build anticipation, you might consider letting your guests pick a horse before the gates open. There is a wide range of horses in the Kentucky Derby; some have very good chances to win while others have little to no expectation to win. The fairest way to pick horses is to put the name of each horse on slips of paper, put them in a hat or bucket, and let each person draw a name. You can even offer a prize to the guests who select the horses that place one, two, and three. You might even consider picking up some fantastic hats to give to the winners!

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