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Kentucky Derby invitations

Why gamble on your Kentucky Derby party invitations? Our customizable, clever designs are a sure bet. Send via email, text, or shareable link with RSVP tracking included.

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Dead Ringer

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Derby Tumbler

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Racing Silks

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Starting Gate

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Kentucky Belle

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If you want your Kentucky Derby party to be a winner, you've come to the right place. Paperless Post has all the Kentucky Derby invitations to turn ‘The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports’ into the get-together of the year. Better yet, two minutes is about the same length of time you'll need to customize our Derby party invitations! Just by choosing Paperless Post, you're already off to a running start. All of our invitations can be conveniently sent via email, text message, or shareable link, and RSVP tracking is always included.

When is the Kentucky Derby?

If you're planning to host a Kentucky Derby party, you need to know when the race is happening. Lucky for us, it's fairly easy to remember. Though the date varies year to year, the Kentucky Derby has taken place at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on the first Saturday of May since way back in 1875. With a typical post time of approximately 6:45 pm, it's the perfect opportunity to host a daytime Kentucky Derby party that lingers late into the evening.

What should I write in my Kentucky Derby invitation?

We're not horsing around—when it comes to filling out one of our Kentucky Derby invitation templates, the wording options are almost limitless. If you love a good pun, we'd suggest "Let's stir up some fun" or "Time for another Derby party? You bet." For more classic Kentucky Derby invitation wording, try "Run for the roses with us" or "Join us for a day at the races." Whichever way you choose to go, you can bet your guests will be thrilled to receive your Kentucky Derby party invitations.

Kentucky Derby party essentials

While the race itself is the "mane" event, there are certain things you'll want to have at your Kentucky Derby party to ensure your guests have the best time. For food, serve up Southern favorites—even if you live up north. Some of our favorites include barbecue chicken wings, macaroni and cheese balls, hush puppies, bourbon balls, and Derby Pie. Fill up several pitchers with mint juleps and spiked Arnold Palmers, along with an alcohol-free option like lemonade.

Decorate your party space with spring décor to drive home the seasonal aspect of your Kentucky Derby party, and of course, don't forget to set up a hat station where guests can try on fancy headpieces of all shapes and sizes, as is Derby day tradition. If your friends are crafty, a DIY hat decorating station is a fun way for people to mingle before the race.