Even though all the Kentucky Derby fans out there would want nothing more than to enjoy watching the race in person, this is sadly not the option for many. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t bring the Kentucky Derby to your home and throw a memorable party.

Aside from watching the race itself and participating in some Kentucky Derby betting [valid where legal], there are numerous other ways you can create an authentic vibe right at the comfort of your own living room. Here are just some ideas.

DIY some fun decorations

To start things off and ensure you set the right vibe, you’ll first need to decorate your home properly. And, if the weather allows it, you can even consider relocating your party to your backyard. When it comes to décor, you can easily set the right mood with just a few simple horseshoe flower arrangements. Make sure you go for red roses to stay entirely on-theme, and either choose real flowers or paper or silk alternatives.


Make sure that fashion is on point

Furthermore, if you truly wish to make your party as authentic as possible, you’ll also need to think about proper fashion. Summer dresses, seersucker suits, statement hats and colorful bowties are just some of the things that need to be at the top of your list. Of course, you simply can go wrong with throwing in a statement red lip and a dramatic cat-eye into the mix. However, make sure you make it clear to all of your guests that they should dress up as well, to ensure that everyone’s fashion is on point.

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Nail appetizers and refreshments

In the end, as a party host, you’ll also need to think about proper appetizers and refreshment options. While cocktails are always a welcome sight at parties, you should also ensure that there are plenty of mocktails your guests can choose from. Aside from these, you can also grill and glaze some chicken wings or throw a full-on barbecue party. In the end, make sure that there’s enough champagne – chilled at just the right temperature – to celebrate the winners and toast to all the other participants. 

As you can see, just because you can’t make it to the event for one reason or the other, that doesn’t mean you can’t throw a Kentucky Derby-inspired party at home. Sure, it may not be the real deal, but if you surround yourself with the right people and take care of just some of the essentials, you’re guaranteed to have an amazing time.

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