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.




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​By registering you will have virtual access to Derby Day Soiree and the 146th Kentucky Derby on May 1st;  assigned a bid number for early access to the Ele’s Place Ann Arbor silent and super silent auction beginning on April 26th, as well as the LIVE auction and “Raise your Paddle” at Derby Day Soiree.


We encourage you to forward the registration link to all your guests so they to have access to Derby Day Soiree, the 147th Kentucky Derby and be assigned a bid number.


By registering you and your guests will be “in the know” and updated with the latest information leading up to Derby Day Soiree and the 147th Kentucky Derby!


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


Once you and your guests are registered online, it’s time to prepare for the virtual event AND 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 food and beverages to serve, how to decorate and what to wear and what 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 Soiree @ Your Place Virtual Event:


Watching Event from your Phone, I-Pad, TV or Computer: Instructions will be emailed to all guests on how to login to the virtual experience from their phone and i-pad, 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 virtual event.



STEP #4: 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 this year as our beverages of choice from the Ann Arbor Distilling Company! Each can has two servings and they are yummy delicious! For those of you who attended Derby Day Soirée in 2018, the Pink Hearted Pony is the exact recipe we served. Ladies love it!



Pre-order begins April 15, 2021. An email with the order link will be sent to all guests who have registered.


Cocktails will be ready for easy drive-up PICK-UP at the Ann Arbor Distilling Company the week of April 26, 2021


Note: A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Red Hearted Julep and Pink Hearted 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 

© 2020 by Ele's Place Ann Arbor

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