Derby Parties Trend and Include Kentucky Derby Contenders

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Seats at Churchill Downs are filling up in preparation for the 139th Kentucky Derby™ on May 4th, but Shindigz, a leading, national party supplies company, says that planning for off-the-track, horse-themed parties has also begun.

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Seats at Churchill Downs are filling up in preparation for the 139th Kentucky Derby™ on May 4th, but Shindigz, a leading, national party supplies company, says that planning for off-the-track, horse-themed parties has also begun.    

Millions of at-home viewers are ordering supplies to host family room or local establishment Derby parties. “Kentucky Derby home parties offer the cheapest tickets for the race,” explains Jacquie Downey, Director of Sales and Marketing at “Off-track party goers enjoy the relaxed company of friends and the best views of the race. Themed parties or tables based on the emerging, Kentucky Derby horses are trendy.”

Ive Struck A Nerve
Dressed in silks of green and white, Ive Struck a Nerve enthusiasts are raiding green and white streamers, balloons, and table covers to support their horse. Ive Struck a Nerve plastered over personalized banners also wins the award for worst pun at Derby parties held in surgeon’s homes or quick-tempered individuals.

Vyjack’s owner, David Wilkenfeld hit it big winning large, six-picks pools at Churchill Downs, Del Mar, and Santa Anita. He bought Vyjack and named his first horse for his parents, Vivienne and Jack. Fitting themes for Vyjack’s table include casino party items personalized with Vyjack’s name on the banners, favors, and poker chips. With Mother’s Day and Father’s Day in May and June, party hosts inviting parents should have Vyjack tables or bouquets just for Mom and Dad.

Since an orb is the jeweled sphere of a king or queen, guests at an Orb themed Derby party come dressed as royalty complete with tiaras, crowns, robes, and scepters to embellish their Derby hats and outfits. Crystal sprinkles are showered on cakes and cupcakes and DIY decorations feature jewels on centerpieces. For a zombie slant on the name, Orb, add a few fake, iced eyeballs to drinks or create eyeball cake pops.

Shanghai Bobby
Top-notch trainer, Todd Pletcher, and Shanghai Bobby’s fans have a strong run at the roses. Dress the party in blue with golden stars and diamonds to match Starlight Racing’s silks. Serve blue ocean cocktails with golden star or diamond stirs at Shanghai Bobby’s Asian-themed table and wait for Bobby to karate-chop his competition.

Celebrate the odds with gold coins or chocolate gold coins spread in between snacks at the buffet table. A blue background highlighted with white horse shoes is W.C. Racing’s silks’ design. Sweep blue gossamer in bows on the backs of chairs and highlight with white seat cushions. Welcome guests under white, reusable arches that depict the silks’ horse shoes. Add pots of gold at the ends of the arches.

Derby Party Essentials

The first use of roses to signify the Kentucky Derby actually began at a party. According to, roses were first associated with the Kentucky Derby when ladies were presented with roses at a fashionable Louisville Derby party. The roses were such a hit that the president of Churchill Downs made the rose the race’s official flower.

“Using roses for your Kentucky Derby party theme brings springtime and the elegance of race together. “Food tables accented with rose topiary centerpieces and silk rose petals are affordable and beautiful,” adds Downey.

Invitations featuring the hat and rose design set the tone. When guests arrive, serve mint juleps with Kentucky Derby party frosted cups and beverage napkins. Complete the theme with exclusive, Kentucky Derby™ tableware, gold latex balloons, and streamers.

“If you can’t attend the actual race, the cost of hosting a home gathering decorated with Kentucky Derby supplies or horse-themed rooms and tables are popular alternatives,” says Downey.

About Shindigz
Shindigz “makes life more fun” for 22 million events through the manufacture and sale of personalized party supplies. It ships products from its facilities in South Whitley, Indiana across the United States and around the world to 59 countries. With more than 36,000 products, it’s been providing customers with complete party solutions since 1926. For more Kentucky Derby party ideas visit

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