It's Derby Day Yall

 Steps to Hosting the perfect Derby Party!

Start your Kentucky Derby party 2-3 hours before the race and encourage guests to start betting early and have awesome Mint Juleps on-hand to keep the party going. Be sure you have a sweet TV to watch all the action. Big-screen is preferable, but as long as you have something that doesn't have bunny ears, you should be good!
Provide all of your guests with current Daily Racing Forms and set up your own betting pool. Create betting guides for your guests that include Kentucky Derby history and betting information. Don't want to do the work? We've done it for you with our own downloadable Bodog Kentucky Derby Betting Guide. Have your guests fill out a pre-printed sheet that lists all their bets. If guests are bored with standard betting, Bodog also has a Kentucky Derby Party Prop Sheet, a handy PDF you can print it out to have fun with weird props like: how long will it take Leann Rimes to sing the national anthem? You can also set up a Kentucky Derby betting station where people can place their Kentucky Derby bets online. For those who are afraid to bet, have a hat contest for the best hat with prizes for Win, Place, and Show.
If your party is a casual bash, offer mint juleps, sandwiches, and chocolate bourbon pecan pie. Bake hat and horse-shaped cookies. You could also plan a southern barbecue with ribs, biscuits, corn on the cob, and salad.

If you want more than one Kentucky Derby cocktail, make Louisville Coolers. In a cocktail shaker, combine 2 ounces Kentucky bourbon, 1 1/2 ounces fresh orange juice, 1/2-ounce fresh lime juice and 1 teaspoon sugar. Shake well and strain into an old-fashioned glass over ice. Garnish with the orange and cherry and serve. Be sure to have cab companies on speed dial!
For complete Kentucky Derby odds for the first jewel in the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred horseracing, visit the Bodog Racebook.

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