We are huge fans of entertaining in our home. We love any excuse to be festive and throw a get together. What we love even more is a theme to go along with the shindig. So, with the Kentucky Derby coming up, you can imagine our excitement.
The Kentucky Derby rolls into Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky on the first weekend in May. It is one of the world’s most famed races. During the Kentucky Derby, you can find people lining the raceway dressed in style, drinking mint juleps, and snacking on traditional southern snacks.
There are so many directions to go when planning your food and cocktail menu. Our advice is to keep it traditional. This way, you have a clear direction and stresses can be alleviated. Your guest will also appreciate the traditional aspect of your event.
One of the traditional elements to incorporate into your party is the classic mint julep. It is cool, icy, and refreshing. We recently made a mixed up version of this using blackberries. Check out the recipe here.
Food should be dainty, elegant, and satisfying. Tons of finger foods like the Benedictine Tea Sandwiches and Hot Brown Dip to keep your guests satisfied while watching the races and sipping on those juleps.
Be sure to decorate your table, highlighting elements from the Kentucky Derby such as racehorses and roses, which signifies the derby’s nickname, “Run for the Roses.”
Of course it wouldn’t be a derby affair if you weren’t dressed to impress. During the Kentucky Derby, males and females alike, arrive to the racetrack dressed to the nines, highlighting all the spring fashions. Just because you are entertaining at home, doesn’t mean you can’t arrive in style.
Some of the traditional garb you will see at Churchill Downs on that first Saturday in May are fascinator hats, colorful dresses/skirts, espadrilles, and scarves.
Now that the essentials have been tackled, all that’s left to do is…..keep calm and derby on. And remember, when partying at the derby, always keep your friends close, but your bourbon closer. Cheers!!