Everyone loves a spring party! And what better theme to plan around in early May than the Kentucky Derby?

Did you know that the Kentucky Derby was founded in 1872 by none other than Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr, the grandson of William Clark of the storied expedition? After traveling to and attending races in England and France, the Colonel returned home and organized the Louisville Jockey Club in order to raise money to build racing facilities. The land was provided by Henry Churchill, the namesake of the world’s most famous Thoroughbred race track, Churchill Downs.

And talk about style! This is the event where the most stylish spring ensembles are surpassed only by creative, colorful—and often very expensive—hats. Milliners the world over will design chapeaus for the rich and famous to see and be seen in one of their creations during race day.

But you don’t have to be in Louisville to get into the Derby spirit. The following pages are filled with ideas that will have you holding court and riding high at your own Derby-themed party.

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