Throw a "Down and Derby" Bachelorette Party

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Guest blogger: Joanne Barken
Joanne Barken is the CEO of The Bach, the first online platform for planning bachelorette parties. Joanne, who lives in New York City — one of the country's top choices for a special night out with the girls — has helped plan over a dozen bachelorette parties before launching The Bach.

 

The Kentucky Derby, taking place on May 3 this year, is known for more than just the exciting two-minute thoroughbred horse race. With its own fashion style and signature cocktail, it always makes for a great party. Whether your group actually attends the races, like Miranda Lambert’s bachelorette crew did, or just wants to throw a themed event at home, here’s how to Get Down & Derby at your next bachelorette party.

Set the Tone with the Right Invitations

Give your guests a heads up on the Kentucky Derby theme with these adorable invites.

kentucky derby theme party
Photo Credit: Etsy

Rock Floppy Hats & Preppy Dresses

The Kentucky Derby is famous for its hat parade, and women routinely play it up even more with brightly colored dresses or preppy patterns, like seersucker. It’s the perfect excuse to show off that fun new party dress and express your inner Southern Belle!

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Photo Credit: Classy in the Classroom

kentucky derby theme bachelorette party
Photo Credit: Lauren Smith

Toast the Bride with Mint Juleps

The Mint Julep has been a staple at the Kentucky Derby for nearly a century. Take part in this time-honored tradition, and mix up a few drinks for your gals.

mint julep cocktail
Photo Credit: Foodess

Try Out Some Lawn Games

The Kentucky Derby often goes hand in hand with classic lawn games — think corn hole, viking chess, and croquet. If your group feels confident with your skills, why not challenge the bachelor party to a competitive game?

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Photo Credit: The Young Affiliates of the Mint and Tatyana Photography

kentucky derby theme bachelorette party
Photo Credit: The Young Affiliates of the Mint and Tatyana Photography

Horse Around With a Photo Booth

Set up a photo booth and use fun props to complete your Kentucky Derby theme. Jockey hats, roses, and trophies all make for great props, and the bride will love the final group photos.

kentucky derby theme bachelorette party
Photo Credit: Etsy

kentucky derby theme bachelorette party
Photo Credit: The Young Affiliates of the Mint and Tatyana Photography

kentucky derby theme bachelorette party
Photo Credit: The Young Affiliates of the Mint and Tatyana Photography

kentucky derby theme bachelorette party
Photo Credit: The Young Affiliates of the Mint and Tatyana Photography

kentucky derby theme bachelorette party
Photo Credit: The Young Affiliates of the Mint and Tatyana Photography

Hand Out Cute Favors

Keep the theme going with these “Talk Derby to Me Buttons.” It’s not a bachelorette party without a few raunchy jokes!

kentucky derby theme bachelorette party
Photo Credit: Caufield's

—Joanne Barken


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