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Themed Parties That Win Big: Planning Your BAMA Derby Experience

Updated: Nov 28, 2023


Themed parties offer a unique opportunity for guests to step into an entirely different world for a few hours. When it comes to hosting an unforgettable event, a BAMA Derby party is a thrilling choice that combines the excitement of horse racing with the elegance and charm of Southern traditions. Whether for fundraisers, corporate events, or personal celebrations, here's how to ensure your BAMA Derby party is a resounding success.


Choose a Venue with Character


Your venue is more than just a location; it's the racetrack for your event. Look for a space that can comfortably accommodate your guests, has room for a big screen to broadcast the horse races, and can be decorated to mirror the storied atmosphere of a real derby.


Design Invitations That Set the Tone


Kick off the anticipation with invitations that capture the essence of the Derby. Incorporate imagery such as racehorses, trophies, or the iconic Derby hats to signal the theme right from the start.


Encourage Derby-Appropriate Attire


A major part of the Derby's appeal is its distinctive fashion. Invite guests to don their finest Derby attire, complete with wide-brimmed hats for the ladies and sharp suits for the gentlemen.


The Race is On: Big Screen Action


The heart of your BAMA Derby party is the excitement of "live" horse racing. Ensure that your A/V setup is top-notch, providing a clear and uninterrupted view of the races.


Betting Booths with Funny Money


No Derby experience is complete without the thrill of placing bets. Set up betting stations where guests can wager funny money on their chosen horses, adding a layer of interaction to the festivities.


Incorporate Sponsorships


If the party is a fundraiser, consider having sponsors for each race. This not only helps cover costs but also adds a layer of authenticity to the event.


Derby-Themed Food and Beverages


Delight your guests with a culinary nod to Derby traditions. Offer classic Mint Juleps and a selection of Southern-inspired dishes.


Engage Guests with Commentary and Activities


Keep the energy high with a race commentator to call the events, and organize activities such as 'best-dressed' contests or photo opportunities with Derby-themed props.


Parting Gifts to Remember the Event


Send guests home with a memento of the evening, like custom betting slips or Derby-style glassware.


Document the Fun


Hire a photographer to capture the joy and excitement of the night, or encourage guests to take pictures and share their experiences on social media.


Crafting a BAMA Derby event that's memorable involves attention to detail, from the visuals and activities to the food and drink. By following these steps, you'll create a high-energy event that's both authentic to the Derby experience and uniquely enjoyable for all who attend.



Danny Brewer, President

BAMA Derby (www.bamaderby.com)

Feel The Beat Entertainment (www.feelthebeat.com)

BAMA Casino Company (www.bamacasinocompany.com)

Cool Shots Photo Booth (coolshotsphotobooth.com)








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