Kentucky Derby Party Ideas and Mint Julep Recipe

Ellen Delaney | Fri. Apr 30 2010, 01:04 pm

Kentucky Derby Party Ideas

With the most exciting two minutes in sports just a day away, do you have your Mint Julep recipe in reaching distance? If not, you can cheat and use the official Kentucky Derby Mint Julep recipe.

If the only preparations you have made for your Kentucky Derby party is inviting the guests, don’t panic. We’re doing the work for you. We’ve thrown (and been guests at) many a Kentucky Derby party, and one thing we here at Sports Interaction understand – is how to get our party on.

Start your Kentucky Derby party 2-3 hours before the big race because the most exciting element of the Kentucky Derby is the build-up. Two minutes goes by pretty fast especially you’ve been knocking back those Mint Juleps and you’ve got money on the line. As your guests arrive, hand them printed out bios of the horses and jockeys so they can read up on the history of all the Kentucky Derby contenders. You could also provide guests with current Daily Racing Forms and betting guides. Set up a Kentucky Derby betting station where people can place their bets online.

Have a hat making station. Put out some colored construction paper, a glue gun, buttons, markers, sequins, pipe cleaner, etc. so that people can create their own crazy Kentucky Derby headgear. After the race, hold a hat contest with prizes for Win, Place, and Show.

Make sure you have a decent TV to watch all the action. A big-screen is best, but as long as you have a clear picture and don’t have to keep adjusting rabbit ears, your guests will be happy. If your party is a casual one, serve sandwiches, potato salad, southern fried chicken and apple spice cupcakes. If the weather permits, bust out the BBQ and do a full southern spread complete with ribs, garlic cheese grits and corn on the cob.

The first jewel in the Triple Crown goes down on Saturday, May 1 at Churchill Downs with NBC’s coverage beginning at 5 p.m. ET. Do you have your money on Awesome Act or Ice Box? Paddy O’Prado may be just the ticket with the weather calling for a muddy track.  Be sure to get all your Kentucky Derby odds in Sports Interaction’s online racebook today.