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Derby Day Soirée @ Your Place. A Virtual Experience!

How to host a Watch Party in 4 easy steps!

The Ele’s Place Ann Arbor Derby Day Soirée @ Your Place virtual experience – featuring the 147th Kentucky Derby LIVE – will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2021 from 6:00-7:30 pm (ET)!


Whether you’ll be “@ Your Place” OR you’ll be “@ Your Cottage,” “@ Up North,” “@ A Friend’s House,” the Derby Day Soirée @ Your Place virtual experience is a great opportunity to have fun with family, friends and neighbors (while social distancing, of course!) for this one-of-a-kind fundraising experience – AND – support Ele’s Place Ann Arbor’s compassionate, NO FEE, peer grief programs for children, teens and their families!

There is NO CHARGE to register for Virtual Access to the Derby Day Soirée @ Your Place! You will need to enter your credit card information when registering, but no charges will be incurred unless you purchase an auction item or make a donation to Ele’s Place Ann Arbor during the event.




​By registering you will have access to Derby Day Soirée @ Your Place and the 146th Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 1st beginning at 6:00 PM;  assigned a bid number for early access to the Ele’s Place Ann Arbor silent auction beginning on Monday, April 26th, as well as the LIVE auction and “Paddle Raise ” during the event.


We encourage you to forward the registration link below to all your guests so they too can register and be “’in the know” with regards to the latest information about Derby Day Soirée @ Your Place leading up to the event.  


STEP #2: GET READY to HOST YOUR Derby Day Soirée @ Your Place PARTY


Once you and your guests are registered, it’s time to make plans to host a fun Watch Party!


No one does it better than the Party Planners at Churchill Downs! Below find amazing links for everything from what food and beverages to serve, how to decorate, what to wear and wager games to play in order to host a one of a kind Watch Party:


Cocktails, Recipes & More...

Explore Derby Party Dishes, Cocktail Recipes, and Party Ideas


Derby At-Home Kit...

            DIY Crafts, Kid’s Activities, Betting Games and More


Derby Fashion

            Ideas Hats, Men’s and Women’s attire


Derby Fashion through the Decades..


Fun Wager Games to Play at your Watch Party


History and Traditions of the Kentucky Derby

STEP #3: Technology for the Derby Day Soirée @ Your Place:


Watch Derby Day Soirée @ Your Place from your Smartphone, Tablet, Computer or TV.   Instructions will be emailed to all registered guests on how to login to the virtual experience from their smart phone or tablet the week of April 26th, including a link to a “step-by-step instructional video” showing you how to set up your computer or TV in order to watch and enjoy the event on a big screen.


STEP #4: Pre-Order Your Derby Day Soiree Watch Party Meal for 5 or 10 Courtsey of Katherine’s Catering


The 2021 Derby Day Soiree @ Your Place menu includes:


Country Ham Biscuits pickled peach chutney, wild turkey butter NF

Mint Julep Chicken Skewers Benedictine cucumber chive dip NF

Sugar Snap Pea and Orzo Salad lemon mint dressing V, DF, NF

Southern Pimento Cheese Spread assorted crackers, celery V, NF

Apple Bourbon Meatballs pork, beef, sweet spicy barbecue sauce NF

Lamb Skewers lemon zest, spice rub GF, DF, NF

Mini Crab Cakes remoulade sauce GF, DF, NF

Chocolate Bourbon Balls confectioners’ sugar, pecans V

Strawberry Meringue Roses NF


Pre-Order from Katherine’s Catering by Friday, April 23, 2021 for curb side pick-up Friday, April 30, 2021


STEP #5: Pre-Order Your Red Hearted Julep and Pink Hearted Pony Cocktails!


We are excited to offer our Red Hearted Julep and Pink Hearted Pony canned cocktails available for pick-up at the Ann Arbor Distilling Company! Each can has two servings and they are yummy delicious! For those of you who attend Derby Day Soirée in 2019, the Pink Hearted Pony is the exact recipe. Ladies love it!  


The 2021 Derby Day Soirée @ Your Place Derby “Cocktail MENU” includes:


Red Hearted Julep Canned Cocktails (4-pack/8 cocktails) - A2DC’s Fox River Bourbon and Water Hill Raspberry Liqueur, Orange Juice and Ginger Mint Syrup


Pink Hearted Pony Canned Cocktails (4-pack/8 cocktails) - A2DC’s Hawthorne Vodka and Water Hill Cranberry Liqueur, with Blood Orange and Lemon Juices and Simple Syrup


Red Hearted Julep & Pink Hearted Pony Mixed Canned Cocktails (4-pack/8 cocktails)


Mint Julep Drink Kit (Each cocktail kit makes 10 Mint Juleps)


​Pre-order from Ann Arbor Distilling Company by Wednesday, April 28th for pick-up on Thursday, April 29th or Friday, April 30th between 4:00 - 10:00 pm.


Note: A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Red Hearted Julep and Pink Hearted Pony canned cocktails will be donated directly to

Ele’s Place Ann Arbor


Questions? Please contact:

Stacey Bodner, Events Coordinator

(734) 929-6640, ext. 2211


All proceeds from this event benefit the grieving children, teens and families of Ele's Place Ann Arbor.

Ele’s Place is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization 

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