Derby Party Styles

The Kentucky Derby is for everyone. From the Infield to Millionaires Row, the event’s traditions, foods and style are revered and enjoyed. Whether you’re rubbing elbows at a Brunch Event or playing corn hole at a Backyard Party, the spirit of the Kentucky Derby is there.

Brunch Event Tips

Go the distance. Entertain with aplomb when you throw a posh brunch. Enjoy the glitz and glamor of the Kentucky Derby by dressing up and walking a red carpet.

  1. Contact any caterers, bartenders, DJs or rental halls early. For Derby, you’ll want to start reaching out at least a month in advance.
  2. Order official Derby decorations and supplies from
  3. Make sure your menu meets any dietary needs or restrictions of your guests.
  4. Hire a cleaning service for the day before and after your event, if one is not provided by your venue.
Garden Party Tips

Keep it classy and comfortable in a traditional Southern setting.

  1. Arrange table, chair and linen rentals at least a month ahead of time.
  2. Use traditional roses and classic Southern flowers, like magnolias, hydrangeas and wisteria, to create a subtly refined look.
  3. Use decorative mason jars or painted tin cans to hold silverware for a rustic feel.
  4. Galvanized buckets make excellent beverage coolers and lend a pastoral flair.
Backyard Party Tips

Take Derby easy. You can throw a stylish party and enjoy good friends and family getting together for a good time without breaking the bank.

  1. Do your own cooking – BBQ and tailgate as if you were at the track
  2. Make your own decorations. Try tissue paper roses or handmade Win, Place and Show tickets!
  3. Don’t be afraid to ask guests to bring something.
  4. Keep it casual dress. You can pull off Derby style without pulling out all the stops. Really, it all comes down to the hat!
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