THE ROSES ON
Cambria and Patty Sachs
INVITING GUESTS TO THE GATE:
Phone or e-mail guests
to invite them to watch the race at your "clubhouse."
Phone or e-mail your
guests to "save this date." Then use your computer to make up
invitations in the form of a betting slip or a ticket to the race at your track
complete with all of your party particulars and accented with horse-racing clip
art so your party will be a hit from the starting gate.
TRIMMING THE TRACK:
Decorate your space
with all forms of racing paraphernalia – horseshoes, blue ribbons, rose
wreaths, saddles, binoculars, feed bags, riding crops, posters, racing forms,
jockey silks and so forth.
“barn” with a collection of horse-shaped or rose-design balloons.
Check with your travel
agency for any
For outdoor or more
rustic settings, spread straw on your floors.
Set up booths or
tables for betting with play money for guests to earn prizes.
Decorate your front
door to resemble a starting gate or horse stall.
CONCESSION STAND SETTING:
Use horse-themed paper
goods. Have a favorite jockey? Choose his
or her colors instead. Or, go with the winning of the roses theme and serve
your selections on rose-patterned
MINT JULEP RECIPE
Take 2 sprigs of
mint, [1/4] cup of water, and 1 teaspoon of powdered sugar. Muddle the
ingredients with a mortar and pestle or emulsify in a blender for a few seconds.
Pour over crushed ice. Add 3 ounces of bourbon. Stir, strain, and pour into a
tall glass. Garnish with a sprig of mint.
serve responsibly and, remember, never let guests drive home if they are
(No giddy galloping either.)
(No giddy galloping either.)
Are your guests hungry
enough to "eat like a horse"? Serve oatmeal with molasses or oatmeal
Roll flatware into
rose or red napkins and use a
flashing rose bracelet
as a napkin ring to hold
the packet and make everyone feel like a winner.
· Serve snack items in an inverted top hat or derby
· Cover your table with real or fake Kentucky bluegrass or simply spread out a grassy green cloth
Serve peanuts out of
new feed bags.
For a centerpiece? Red
roses, of course.
To sweeten coffee or
ice tea, use sugar cubes.
such as: Groomer's Gumbo, Seattle
Slew Stew, Jockey Juice, Home Stretch Sandwich, Sea Biscuits, Photo Finish
Fries, Belmont Steaks,, National Velvet Cake, Mud
Pie and so on.
Bring out, rent or
borrow extra television sets so everyone feels as if they are seated at the
Rent a few horse
racing-related movies (Seabiscuit, National
Velvet, Let it Ride, or A Day at the
Races) and set up a lounge area for those folks who aren't that
interested in the race but who want to trot along with the horsey set.
Find a recording of
During the pre-race
party, run videos of past races or play electronic racing games.
Hold a trivia contest
based on past Triple Crown winners.
Give guests a
blindfold, a pencil and paper. Then ask them to draw a horse. The one who draws
the best thoroughbred wins a bouquet of roses.
Ask guests to pick a
horse's name out of a bowl or feed bag. If their horse wins, so do they.
· What's a Derby Day party without outrageous hats? You can supply your female guests with a fully-designed one or you can give the ladies a plain picture hat and/or a derby for the gents. Then supply feathers, beads ,pearls , funky jewelry, ribbons, glue guns or sticks and novelties for them to create their own design. The judging in various categories such as best looking, funniest, most clever, most creative and so forth and awarding blue ribbons will be a winning activity.
If you have the space
and the weather is nice, hold the party outdoors at your home, horse ranch or in
a private box at a track that's showing the big race.
Wherever you hold the
event, be sure that your TV set(s) are situated so that the sun won’t cause a
reflection so your guests can see every heart-stopping second.
Tip: For a really
important race or a very large party, rent or borrow a large screen TV for the
For outdoor events,
rent or borrow a tent to prevent any occurrence of having your race party be a
The party hosts should
dress in jockey silks or riding outfits to denote they are a members of the
Set up large clocks
everywhere so guests will know when it's post time.
Hire a bugler to play
or play a recording at post time for a true track setting.
Hang a sign
door or on your lawn with the race track's name to let guests know that
this party's hosts are going for a triple crown in entertaining.
entertainment, hold a horseshoe throwing contest.
Take instant photos of
your guests as they're cheering on their favorite mount and give them as a real
photo finish to your party. Insert
them into a rose-trimmed
frame for a favor that will win their hearts.
Or create your own customized photo folders from plain
cardstock frames for Polaroid or Digital instant photos.
Or create your own customized photo folders from plain cardstock frames for Polaroid or Digital instant photos.
· Grace the ladies with a permanent, silk flashing rose, flashing rose earrings or a flashing rose ring
· A romantic reminder of the Sport of Kings is a rose design votive holder
· Derby hats
horseshoe throwing games
DVD or VHS copies of Seabiscuit,
National Velvet, A Day at the Races, International
Velvet, Let It Ride
or other horse
Distribute copies of the song to your guests in time to sing along before the
Old Kentucky Home
Original Words & Music By Stephen Foster
The sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home
'tis Summer, the people are gay,
the corn top's ripe and the meadow's in the bloom
while the birds make music all the day.
The young folks roll on the little cabin floor
all merry, all happy, and bright.
By'n by hard times comes a-knocking at the door,
then my old Kentucky home, good night.
Weep no more, my lady,
oh weep no more today.
We will sing one song for the old Kentucky home,
for the old Kentucky home far away.
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