Thursday, April 15, 2010

giddy up

i'm so excited to be hosting my first kentucky derby party!

the invitations came last night, and i'm feverishly planning a menu and activities -- it's a family party, so i'm planning on doing stick horse races
and design-your-own hat stations for the little ones.

but i'm counting on you more experienced derby party planners
to help me finalize my details!

suggestions welcome!


  1. Sounds like a fabulous party! I LOVE the Kentucky Derby! When I'm home we always go to our Country Club for their festivities but I'm missing it this year. We have my sororities formal that same night, and I explained it was Derby Day and people didn't know what I was talking about.

    I love your ideas for the party and can't wait to see pictures after the big event!

  2. Oooohhh that sounds like so much fun!!!!!! I can't wait to hear about it and see pictures!! :)

  3. Hi! Thanks for much for stopping by my blog and following. I'm doing so in return.

    I'm having a Derby party too! They are so much fun. I love your idea of the hat stations! The kids will love it.

    Can you tell me where you found that fabulous picture from your April 9 post? I would love to have one!

    Have a great weekend! -Jen

  4. Mint julep cups from Silver plated or plastic. Cupcakes decorated with a big red rose on each one. :) xoxo

  5. That sounds like SO much fun...plenty of red roses. I had a Preakness party one year and had lots of black eyed susans! Good luck planning and I can't wait to see the pictures! xx

  6. Sounds wonderful - I think you have inspired me - I could use a little Derby Party in my life... I better get on that!

  7. I have hosted a few derby parties in my time! I absolutely love it! I usually have a prize for best hat (gets the adults into the whole hat wearing thing). I also set it up so adults can bet money on the race by printing a spreadsheet of the horses and letting guests choose up to three. Then put a jar out for the cash. Winner takes all! Have a great time, can't wait to read about it!