Inspiration: Kentucky Derby Party

The 138th running of the Kentucky Derby is this Saturday! Time for big hats and big bets for the most exciting two minutes in sports. Can’t make it to Churchill Downs in Kentucky? Host your own Derby party on your own “Millionaire’s Row” with Mint Juleps and good Southern food.

It’s not enough to just wear a big hat, the whole event has to be decked out in Derby decor! “The Run of the Roses” is another name the Derby is known by, since the winning horse is covered in a blanket of roses. This is a great theme for a Derby party. Romantic, real, red roses can be used or DIY rolled, roses can be made like in the photos bellow. Hostess with the Mostest blogger wanted to create a vintage-modern event that looked classy, casual and fun like the Derby itself. This is the perfect way to throw a “Run of the Roses” party!

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Photo Credit: Hostess with the Mostess

The Mint Julep Jars shown above, are actually just party favors with Junior Mints inside. A real Mint Julep is a very strong, very traditional Southern drink held up in cheers while, “My Old Kentucky Home” plays before the race starts. They are served in chilled silver julep cups filled to the rim with bourbon, simple syrup, fresh mint and crushed ice, an absolute must for a Derby party!

Photo Credit: Southern Living  

Since bourbon is a Kentucky favorite, it’s a very popular ingredient in desserts too! Chocolate-Bourbon Pecan Pie and Bourbon Balls are the perfect items to end the Derby day celebrations. Pie preparation only takes about 10 minutes, if using a refrigerated pie crust and Bourbon Balls are easy to make. Who wouldn’t love chocolate and liquor together?

Photo Credit: Southern Living

A true Kentuckian created this “Run for the Roses” party bellow with Chocolate-Pecan Pie inspired Kentucky Derby Cupcakes and Kentucky Bourbon Ball Pops! Mirabelle Creations blogger, used her own party printables that make this party so cute!

Photo Credit: Mirabelle Creations

Enjoy your Derby day celebrations!

Written by: Darielle Terry

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