Derby Day

RUN FOR THE ROSES

Saturday, May 2nd is the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby. Let’s party! This is one of the easiest theme parties to have. Your guests have a good idea as to the attire and the menu is traditional. What a terrific time to host a mid spring cocktail party.

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You may or may not be a race aficionado, however planning the details are as much fun as the event itself.

Moving a sideboard outside is fabulous.

Moving a sideboard outside is fabulous.

Admittedly, moving a sideboard to the garden or patio may be a bit over the top. However, this makes a stunning impression. I gave this a bit of thought and realized there may be a multitude of occasions for this idea…bridal and baby showers, a Sunday Brunch. By no means am I suggesting you use a fine piece from your formal dining room. Instead, keep an eye out for a slightly scratched and marred one at consignment shops and flea markets. When not in use, cover and store. This sounds outrageous, I know, but…

The Mint Julep

The Mint Julep

It wouldn’t be a Derby Day without Mint Juleps. The cup, of course, is critical. They are available from many retailers to on-line shops. I bought a dozen a few years ago and have used them numerous times for parties and as vessels for reading glasses, pens and posies throughout the house.

Drink and Decorate

Drink and Decorate

Love monograms

Love monograms

Fun presentation

Fun presentation

We may not have an assortment of Loving Cups in the attic, yet again, enter the flea market! Antique shops are loaded with such pieces. They may not be at the top of your search list, just keep them in the back of your mind.

Beautiful

Beautiful

Having a Julep ready and waiting as the guests arrive is the best way to ring the Derby bell. Setting up in the entry before heading outside is a great touch.

Festive

Festive

Yum

Yum

Derby Day food is very traditional. This is yet another reason for this to be one of the easiest parties to host. Hot Browns, Benedictine Spread, Chocolate Bourbon Truffles, Cheese Straws, Ham Biscuits…

Ham Biscuits

Ham Biscuits

Candied Pecans

Candied Pecans

Hot Browns

Hot Browns

Benedictine Bites

Benedictine Bites

Juleps and Cheese Straws

Juleps and Cheese Straws

Shrimp Tea Sandwiches

Shrimp Tea Sandwiches

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Derby desserts are traditional as well. Chocolate Bourbon Tortes, Pecan Tassies, Bourbon Pound Cake…just to mention a few.

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Cute Derby Hat Cookies

Cute Derby Hat Cookies

Kentucky Bourbon Pecan Pie

Kentucky Bourbon Pecan Pie

Pecan Tassies

Pecan Tassies

There is nothing to say that you shouldn’t get a little frisky with one or two items with your Derby menu!

Chocolate and Bourbon Popsicles

Chocolate and Bourbon Popsicles

Most of us live some distance from the Bluegrass state and have never attended a Kentucky Derby. Well, many of us have not attended a Super Bowl but that hasn’t stopped us from creating what amounts to be a national holiday party. Having friends with us on any occasion is the sweetness of life. Be it Derby Day or plain old Wednesday, it matters because…

EVERY DAY MATTERS

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