THE PARTY OF THE YEAR!
This will be the first year for the Derby Party in Birmingham. Inspiration for the incredible party came from our friends in Denver that have hosted their own Derby Party for the last sixteen years. Over 6,000 people attend their event. We're thinking that might be a little crowded and will limit tickets to just 500. The idea is the same. Take several hundred good friends, signature drinks and craft beer, good food, bow ties and big hats, fantastic music, all in an incredibly beautiful setting, and shake well!
Guests must be at least 21 years of age to attend
DECKED OUT DERBY ATTIRE
This is where Birmingham will really shine. The Derby Party is your chance to get decked out in your finest Derby attire. The video will give you an idea of what that means but, honestly, we're Southerns and have known sun dresses, big hats, seersucker and bow ties since we were children. Nobody does it better than Birmingham!
DERBY HAT CONTESTS
If an opportunity to get dressed up isn't enough, there will be some serious prizes for the best Derby Hat. Do some research for inspiration, then add a little of your own creativity. We'll be sending updates with ideas as well. Nothing complements that perfect sun dress like a giant swirl of elegant ribbons.
BEST DRESSED GUYS
We didn't forget about the guys! There will also be prizes for our best dressed guys. Our dapper dudes.
That's right - competitive clothing.
So sport your best seersucker, linen, bow ties, straw boaters, and suede bucks. Impress your friends and win cool stuff.
SPECIALTY DERBY DRINKS
Your ticket to the Derby Party will provide you with three (custom designed) drink tokens that you can exchange for our own variations on Derby favorites: Mint Julep, Mimosa, and Bloody Mary. We'll be asking you for ideas as well. Water will be provided. You can purchase additional drink tokens for signature drinks and craft beer throughout the afternoon.
We plan to have a Kentucky distillery at the Derby Party to teach us the finer points of bourbon.
The Derby Party runs from 3:00 to 6:00 so not quite lunch or dinner, but what is a party without food? Small plate dishes will be donated by some terrific local restaurants. We'll be asking your opinions and providing details about the menu. We promise it will be good!
HORSE, OF COURSE
Did we mention that there will be horses at the Derby Party? Windwood Equestrian is so excited about helping us host the event that the Uptons have offered to bring a few horses out to visit with us before the Big Race.
SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS
There are terrific companies that support this event with contributions of dollars, products and talents. Please help us recognize and thank these companies by purchasing their products and services. The proceeds of the Derby Party will support the important work of Shelby Humane. Take time to learn more about how they help people and their pets.
Colony House will join us at the Derby Party with instrumentation specific to an intimate venue like Windwood Equestrian. You won't see this anywhere else - from a band that's been touring around the world and appeared on Conan, the Today Show and in multiple festivals in 2017.
Now for the most important part of the Derby Party. Tickets for all this will be $65. Your day at Windwood Equestrian will start at 3:00pm on Saturday, May 5, and conclude after the running of the main Kentucky Derby race on big screens at 6:00pm. I know Birmingham is a city that waits until the last minute to buy tickets, but we're certain that this Derby Party will sell out fast. This is your chance to say you attended the first. Tickets on sale soon!