Talk Derby {Party} To Me!

Posted by Jazzy Morgan on Wed, May 3, 2017 @ 15:00 PM

With just a few days until “The Greatest 2 Minutes in Sports” it’s time to plan your Kentucky Derby® party! Everything from the perfect food spread, delicious drinks, lavish décor and the most noteworthy outfit, we’re here to  break it down for you and make sure you have a Triple Crown-Worthy party.

Tasty Treats:

Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders




Gruyere Cheese

Garlic Butter Sauce for Coating


Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs


12 Boiled Eggs

2 Ounces of Cream Cheese

2 Tablespoons of Mayonnaise

2 Teaspoons of Dijon Mustard

¼ Teaspoon Paprika

¼ Teaspoon Garlic Powder

3 Ounces Cheddar Cheese

3 Ounces Pepper Jack Cheese

2 ½ Tablespoons Pimento Peppers


Bourbon Meatballs

Ingredients for sauce:

1 Jar of Apricot Preserves

¼ Cup Brown Sugar

2 Tablespoons Hot Chili Sauce

½ Cup Bourbon

½ Cup Barbeque Sauce

1 Tablespoon Molasses

¼ Cup Distilled Water


Lavish Libations

Mint Julep


1 ½ Parts Bourbon

Mint Leaves

2 Tablespoons Simple Syrup

Splash Distilled Water

Powdered Sugar


Blush Lily


6 Tablespoons Cranberry Juice

3 Tablespoons Vodka

2 Tablespoons Fresh Lime Juice

Splash Triple Sec


Delightful Décor

Mint Julep Bar

  • Mason Jars
  • Festive Straws
  • Mint Garnishes

Bowtie Wrapped Silverware

Horseshoe Wreath with roses sprinkled around

Pin the Tail on the Horse

Cornhole Boards Painted like Jockey Silks


What to Wear


Spring Dresses

Midi Skirt + Top Combination

Bright Colors “Spring Inspired” – Patterned or Solid

Strappy Sandals - Heels or Flats


Showstopping Dramatic Headwear 

  • Floppy hat
  • Fascinator – Smaller Statement Headpiece
  • Include flowers, garland, feathers, netting, anything your heart desires!


Blazer – Solid or Patterned

  • Pastel, Neutral or Navy 

Bowtie – Necessity

  • Neck tie - accepted

Pressed slacks – neutral or pastel

Button down shirt

The race may only be 2 minutes but your night can start as early or go as late as you’d like! There are plenty of recipes and party games to keep your guests entertained and you’ll look great doing it in your derby attire.

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Topics: Kentucky Derby, Road to the Kentucky Derby, 2017 Kentucky Derby

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