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Kentucky Derby Party Recipes for Horses and Hats

These Kentucky Derby Party Recipes will make your gathering perfect. These menu and derby party ideas include appetizers, main dishes, sweets, and cocktails to make your celebration complete!

If you like throwing parties, check out these Fall appetizers, Fall cocktails, and Fall desserts to get some menu ideas!

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Kentucky Derby Food

Put on your crazy hat and cheer for your favorite horse during the Run for the Roses. Celebrate the Kentucky Derby with family, friends, and these delicious foods that are perfect for your Derby Party Menu!

Derby Day Sweets and Treats

These sweet treats are perfect for drinking with your Mint Julep at your Derby Party. Let’s start with some brownies!

A Derby Party Menu would not be complete without a pie that has bourbon in it!

What is a party without cake and cupcakes?

DERBY PARTY APPETIZERS, STARTERS, AND MAIN DISHES

You can’t go wrong with iconic regional dishes like the Kentucky Hot Brown.  Check out these spins on it!

No Kentucky theme party is complete without some true Southern specialties like deviled eggs, fried green tomatoes, and grits!

Now for some more Kentucky Specialties!  Benedictine Spread is a regional spread from Louisville and Burgoo is a typical fundraising meal for Kentucky and Indiana sort of like a chili cook-off!

Other fun appetizers for your Kentucky Derby Party to round out the collection!

KENTUCKY DERBY PARTY COCKTAILS AND DRINKS

Since the run for the horses wouldn’t be complete without a Mint Julep or an Oaks Lily, let’s talk Derby Day Cocktails!

HORSES AND HATS DECORATIONS

These party favors and decorations will help you round out your festive Kentucky Derby Party!

I hope you have a great party with all these derby party food ideas!  When you make them while wearing your big hat and bow tie tag me on social media with #TakeTwoTapas and the person’s recipe you make so we can see!!

If you love these recipes and party favors as much as I do, please write a five-star review in the comment section below (or on Pinterest with the “tried it” button – you can now add pictures into reviews, too!), and be sure to help me share on facebook!

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Kylee

Sunday 24th of March 2019

This collection of deliciousness makes me wish I knew people who held derby watching parties!

Michaela Kenkel

Sunday 24th of March 2019

You make me want to book a ticket to the Kentucky Derby!! Great recipes!!

Julia

Friday 8th of March 2019

It was delicious and easy to prepare! Thank you, it’s very delicious!

Patria Alway

Tuesday 28th of August 2018

I very pleased to find this website on bing, just what I was searching for : D too saved to bookmarks.

Teri

Monday 1st of May 2017

This is by far THE best collection of Derby recipes I have ever seen. Great job and thanks for sharing! I can't decide which is my favorite, but I think I'll start in the drink section and work my way backwards. :)

chubcheeks@bellsouth.net

Monday 1st of May 2017

That was my first thought too!