Celebrate The Kentucky Derby ® With This Mint Julep Recipe

This summer time drink mixes two Kentucky favorites that are delicious for any summertime gathering. Check out this recipe for Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale Mint Julep at Shindigz Party Recipes!

Your Party Guests will love this twist on two favorite adult beverages!

Your Party Guests will love this twist on two favorite adult beverages!


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Top Seven Kentucky Derby ® Viewing Parties to Attend in 2013

Each year people, all over the world, pause to watch the “most exciting two minutes in sports.”  The 139th running of the Kentucky Derby ® is Saturday, May 4.  While hundreds will party at the Churchill Downs, many are going to official and unofficial viewing parties. Shindigz, a leading, national party supplies company, has created décor, tableware, and favors for Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown parties. 13szkskd39

Racing fans and guests can walk through a replica of the Churchill Downs spire entrance to get into the party. Take pictures next to standees of horses draped in roses, horseshoes, or even the winner’s trophy. Many party hosts re-create the Derby atmosphere.  Some go all out with their Kentucky Derby decorations, mint juleps, southern cuisine, hot contests and more.

Derby Day 2013 – Madison, Georgia

The Madison-Morgan Conservancy does it big in Madison, Georgia with “Derby Day.”  This event not only includes a Kentucky Derby race watching activity, but a live horse race of its own. Guests dine on a traditional Derby supper, raise money for charity by purchasing items at the live auction, and participate in a bourbon tasting.

Derby Party – Denver, Colorado

Rain or shine, “Denver’s Original Derby Party” is one of the largest parties in the city. Since 2001 the viewing party and charity event has gone from 130 attendees to more than 5,000. Guests can watch the Derby on HD plasma TVs or the Jumbo Screen, listen to live local music, dance to a DJ, dine on Southern food, win door prizes and even enter the Best Hat Contest. This year’s net proceeds will be donated to the Sean “Ranch” Lough Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Derby Day at Keeneland – Lexington, Kentucky

With more than 1,000 televisions, it’s no wonder many flock to the horse racing tracks of Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky to watch the “Run for the Roses.” Derby Day at Keeneland has easy access to great food, activities for children and of course, betting on the races.

Juleps, Jockeys and Jazz – Reno, Nevada

The women in Junior League of Reno are hosting the second annual Kentucky Derby Day- “Juleps, Jockeys and Jazz” at the Hidden Valley Country Club on May 4. At last year’s viewing party, guests feasted on a southern-style lunch buffet, enjoyed a cigar and jazz tent, horse betting and participated in a fashion show.  The fundraising event also includes a silent auction.

Pat O’Brien’s Kentucky Derby Viewing Party – New Orleans, Louisiana

Bourbon Street doesn’t only come alive in February. Those in New Orleans will be flocking to Pat O’Brien’s Bar for half price mint juleps from noon until race time, and will party for hours after the race. Watch the Kentucky Derby from the main bar in one of New Orleans’ most talked about venues on Bourbon Street.

5th Annual Kentucky Derby Party – Wadsworth, Ohio

The town is small, but the party is big at this Wadsworth, Ohio event for viewing the Kentucky Derby. Galaxy Sports Bar will not only show the race on their 92-inch HD TVs, but will also be giving away a $500 Galaxy Gift Card for a winning tri-fecta. Party guests can also enter the Best Hat Contest and the Galaxy Alien Derby Race, where the two Galaxy mascot aliens will face off in the parking lot.

The Kentucky Derby – Louisville, Kentucky (of course)

Those who can afford it will party in style at the actual race at Churchill Downs. Ticket packages easily run several thousand dollars per attendee.  Some argue there’s no better place to watch the race than from the grandstands, while others swear by the suites where they are lavished with food and drinks. Whatever the case, those who view at the actual race are sure to reach deep into their pocketbooks for the best seats in the house.

About Shindigz
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Shindigz Kentucky Derby Run for the Roses Kit

Shindigz Kentucky Derby Run for the Roses Kit









Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby ® Party Ideas

Kentucky Derby ® fans, you are in for a treat: exclusive new products that will make your Kentucky Derby event the odds-on favorite for party of the year.

The keys here are licensed designs you won’t find anywhere else, combined with a fabulous level of personalization you can add to so many items from large, show-stopping props down to details such as water bottle labels and mint tins.

Make a “Derby by design” yours from the start with a slogan that both describes your event and immediately personalizes it:

  • “The Cantors’ Julep Party”
  • “Smith’s Neigh-borhood Watch”
  • “Derby with the Kirbys”

You could also make a play on the “Run for the Roses™” slogan and tie it to a garden club event, Relay for Life fundraiser or retirement party. Triple Crown events are May 4, May 18 and June 8 this year, so any event this spring might be a candidate for a race-themed party.

Red roses, brown horses, silver horseshoes, or black hats trimmed in gold are a few examples of the colors and symbols you might employ as you re-create Churchill Downs and environs.

The photo above right contains the Winning Horse and Winners’ Platform standees. We favor a grouping such as this as a focal point in the room, perhaps fronting a background photo illustration of a race. One piece of a grouping can be personalized – in this case, the horse — and you might further offer embellishment by flanking it with rose trees and adding an artificial grass. Think of the snapshots!

It’s very easy to coordinate an official Kentucky Derby grouping with signs, banners and entrance pieces because we’ve built a stunning selection that’s sure to put you in the winner’s circle.

For tables, we like to mix a race design with gold or black solid tableware. Finish with red rose topiaries and personalized party favors in either a Kentucky Derby or Red Roses design.

Some themes may call for less horse and more julep, and in that case we recommend giving the bar area and cocktail accessories a prominent place. Set up a julep-themed personalized standee, pour mixers that have personalized Derby-design bottle labels and consider providing glassware favors for the occasion.

In any case, the Kentucky Derby is coming up fast, so claim your winning party products today.

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Kentucky Derby ® Dream Parties

Make your picks for the Kentucky Derby ®,  on Saturday, May 7, 2011. Host a “millionaire’s row” seat in front of your T.V. for “the run for the roses” and invite your favorite race fans! This race is packed with rich history and tradition; it is fun and easy to throw a Kentucky Derby party that puts you furlongs ahead with your guests. Here are some tips to bring Churchill Downs to your space:

Send guests these Kentucky Derby invitations which are exquisitely imprinted with the officially licensed Kentucky Derby party logo. Encourage guests to come in Derby attire and don’t forget the elaborate, over-sized hat.

For a more elaborate party, have your guests walk through a custom creation roses arch. For a party on the simpler side, have a custom creation roses column or two at the entrance. Raise the stakes and create a betting station for guests to place real or mock bets. Decorate your party space with bouquets of Kentucky Derby latex balloon with a brown horse mylar balloon in the center. Fill in your decorations with Kentucky Derby streamers.

Set your tables with red gossamer and the elegant Kentucky Derby tableware. The rose topiary centerpiece is the perfect centerpiece for this party.

The traditional beverage is the mint julep, which is an iced drink made with bourbon, mint, and a sugar syrup. Treat your guests like wealthy horse owners and serve this drink in an ice-frosted silver cup or keep it simple and serve mint juleps in Kentucky Derby frosted cups.

A popular entrée served at the Derby is called burgoo. Burgoo is a thick stew made with beef, chicken, pork, and vegetables, and it is served with a side of mashed potatoes.

Party Favors
Treat your guests to personalized rose milk chocolate lollipops and add the Derby date on the label adorned with red roses. Give the guest that wins a bouquet of chocolate lollipops.


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Activities for a Fun Kentucky Derby ® Party

Hat Craft KitThe main focus of your Kentucky Derby ® party should obviously be the race itself—create a pool or take fake bets of candy, unique I-Owe-U’s, and other fun items, or just watch. There’s other ways to pass the party time with fun and flair though.

Traditionally the Kentucky Derby is all about high-class fashion. That means hats. Create hats to impress even the most stylish belle. Use straw hats and trimmings like gossamer, glitter, paper, and pins, This craft activity is also a great way for guests to make their own favors. Make it a contest. Judge that hats based on most creative, most elegant, or on theme challenges.

Have a trivia face off. Gather tons of information about horse racing and the Kentucky Derby and have a team or individual battle of the brains. Don’t forget great rose or horse themed favors for the winners.

If there are little ones about have a hobby horse race. Set up a track and let them run around on the horses. They’ll love it!

Guests of all ages will love other race-themed events like sack races, three-legged races and other classic games.

Check out our other Kentucky Derby TipZ and tell us your ideas!


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