Get Ready to Race: Your Guide to Hosting the Perfect Derby Party!

Brunch spread of Artisan bread, sliced with butter, fruit and dinner wear on pastel plates

Every year on the first Saturday in May, the most anticipated horse race in the U.S. takes place in Louisville, Kentucky. People come from all over the country to watch and bet on the race, and just as important is the pageantry that comes along with it. From the old-fashioned Southern couture to indulgent Derby Pie to hearty renditions of “My Old Kentucky Home,” the Derby is a sight to behold.

If you can’t make it to Louisville, why not host a Kentucky Derby party? We gathered some Derby-inspired recipes to bring the excitement of the “Run for the Roses” to your own home.

Two cooked hot browns in single serving cast iron pots

Kentucky Hot Brown:

The legendary Kentucky Hot Brown sandwich is a Louisville staple.

This version uses slightly stale La Brea Bakery Sourdough Loaf, a creamy, cheesy Mornay sauce, bacon, and tomatoes for a casserole-style Hot Brown that’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

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Chicken Salad Recipe completed in a white bowl on wooden counter

Pulled Chicken Salad with Baby Spinach:

Make a large batch of this delicious salad featuring goat cheese, crunchy apple, a flavorful bacon vinaigrette, and croutons made from La Brea Bakery Cranberry Walnut Loaf!

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Cooked derby pie on white table cloth with pecans scattered around the dish

Derby Pie:

Serve this decadent dessert, made with chocolate, pecans, bourbon, and vanilla extract, and typically associated with the Kentucky Derby, alongside ice cream and/or whipped cream.

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two mint julep cocktails on green background in octagon shaped glasses

Classic Mint Julep:

With just three ingredients, you can make a Mint Julep just like the experts at the Kentucky Derby. For extra style, serve in traditional julep cups!

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Dill Paloma cocktail with a cucumber floating on top

Dill Paloma Cocktail:

Perfect for warmer weather, this grapefruit soda, lime, and tequila cocktail is a refreshing way to enjoy the Derby at home.

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Group of young ladies enjoying the Kentucky Derby party at home
Derby Traditions to Incorporate into Your Party:

  • Encourage your guests to wear extravagant hats and stylish bow ties.
  • Decorate with the Derby colors of black, gold, and red.
  • Incorporate roses, the official Derby flower, into your decor.
  • Live-stream the race on a big-screen TV.
  • Include betting and fun prizes at your party.

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