Almost as famous as the race itself, the Kentucky Derby party is a celebrated rite of spring. With its roots in the heart of horse country, the Derby party has a rich history in Kentucky. Horse owners and breeders fete their guests with extravagant dinners, top-class entertainment, and free-flowing libations. Derby party fever has swept the country, and these days fun seekers celebrate the Run for the Roses in cities and towns across the country. Indeed, the largest Derby party outside of Kentucky takes place in Washington, D.C. How to Throw a Great Derby Party contains recipes for mint juleps and more, tips from famous hostesses, trivia, and history.