With the Kentucky Derby this weekend, it’s the perfect excuse for a party. Check out these tips on how to host a Kentucky Derby Party!

1. Dress up for the occasion!

Kentucky Derby style is a whole event in itself. From the bright colors to the unique hats, to interesting suits, you can go all out. Find a fun hat and a colorful dress or suit to be perfectly on theme.

Photo: Surf KY

2. Choose which horse you think will win.

Whether you do a bunch of research or just pick a horse because you like it’s name, choose which one you think will win. Bonus points if you have a friendly wager on it with your guests!

Photo: America’s Best Racing

3. Last, but certainly not least: Make mint juleps.

What’s a Derby party without a mint julep?! Check out this recipe from Culinary Hill and be sure to have the perfect glasses for serving!


  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar (see note 1)
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 8 mint leaves
  • 2 ounces bourbon (1/4 cup) or more to taste (see note 2)
  • fresh mint sprigs for garnish


  • In a julep cup or tall glass, combine sugar and water and stir to dissolve. Add mint leaves and muddle in the bottom of the glass.
  • Fill half the glass with ice. Add bourbon and stir to combine. Top with more ice and stir until the glass is frosty. Garnish generously with mint sprigs.
Photo: Culinary Hill

We hope these How to Host a Kentucky Derby Party tips are helpful! Be sure to check out our last blog on setting a wedding budget.

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