Host A Horse Racing Party

A horse racing party can be a great theme for a fun evening or afternoon with friends and relatives. You might throw your party to coincide with the Kentucky Derby, Preakness or Belmont Races, or for no other reason than to have lots of fun.

Refreshment Ideas

A horse racing party can have any kind of menu that suits you and your guests.

A barbecue with family favorites, served on tables covered with red and white check tablecloths, decorated with flowers, horseshoes and perhaps some model horses, will set the mood nicely.

However, if you are planning a Derby party, you might want to offer Kentucky delicacies, such as Mint Juleps, Kentucky Bourbon Balls, etc.

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Here are links to recipes that will give you a start for your party refreshments! 


How about some Kentucky Bourbon Balls for dessert? Here's a link to this luscious recipe!


Your party needs some activities to go along with the wonderful refreshments and decorations. Betting seems to be the most popular game for a horseracing party and there are several different methods of providing betting activity. You might record or "Tivo" a night of racing from a satellite horseracing channel, make up your own programs, and provide play money and betting tickets for your guests. If you don't mind spending a little more, there are several software programs that will do it all for you!

We recommend using play money and then having an auction at the end of the event whereby guests can bid on items you provide with their play money.

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