The Kentucky Derby is right around the corner, but even if you can’t head to the races in person this Friday, you can still celebrate.
Aside from the races, this historical event boils down to two things: style and booze. Each year, people head to Churchill Downs in droves, wearing their best linen outfits (white and pastel colors only). They spend the better part of the afternoon pretending to pay attention to the races while silently judging everyone’s fashion choices while sipping mint juleps.
The good news is that you don’t have to head to Louisville to do any of these things, so cue up the TV, buy everything on this list of essentials, and you’ll have the perfect Kentucky Derby party—whether you’re in New York City or Louisville.