Throw a Derby Party
Gather your friends for a Derby Day party that races right past ordinary. Our festive eats, punchy sips, and clever decor ideas set the stage for an afternoon of Southern-style fun. We have big hats, bow ties, and bourbon for the win!
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Off to the Races
Make your Kentucky Derby party one for the record books! Throw a fabulous fete with our easy ideas for decorating, dressing, and dining in true Southern style.
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Decorate with Roses
In 1904, the rose became the official flower of the Kentucky Derby. Showcase the beautiful blooms by creating this easy centerpiece. Simply place cut roses and a little water in stemless wineglasses.
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Decorate with Roses: Rosette Cupcakes
Pay homage to the stunning blooms with our rosette frosted cupcakes.
Here's how to make the rosettes:
For this classic cupcake design, use a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip. Pipe a spiral of frosting, starting at the center and working toward the outside of the cupcake.
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Make a Themed Centerpiece
Create a delicate horse-theme centerpiece for your Derby Day table. We love a blooming mix of camellias, dahlias, and daisies. For a traditional bouquet, add in red roses.
Flower Arranging 101
Learn how to arrange flowers and create a beautiful, colorful bouquet.
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Serve Spiked Punch
Toast your guests with a big bowl of our kicked-up mint julep punch. Decorate the table with a little sparkle: silver julep cups and a vintage trophy.
Cheers to our easy punch: 1 cup bourbon, 2 cups mint simple syrup, 4 cups chilled club soda over ice.
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Set the Table: Horseshoe Stacks
Stack napkins and top them with a silver horseshoe for the easiest party-pretty table.
Did you know? Horseshoes are considered lucky. They used to be hung in homes to attract good fortune!
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Set the Table: Bow Tie Napkins
Create these make-you-smile bow ties out of any paper napkin you like!
1. Fold a square black napkin into thirds.
2. Pinch in the middle.
3. Tie a small piece of black fabric around the middle. Twist ties also work just as well!
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Sport a Showstopping Hat
There's no such thing as too much when it comes to Derby hats. Whether you love wide-brim hats or frilly headbands, the more adornments, the better.
Did you know? Wearing a hat to the Kentucky Derby is believed to be good luck!
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Bring on the Bow Ties
For this party, you'll want to dress to impress. For guys, this means donning the mensware classic -- a bow tie. We especially love this mint julep-theme version.
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These bourbon-glazed cocktail sausages are the odds-on favorite for Derby Day. Simply assemble right in your slow cooker and serve with toothpicks.
- Start to Finish:
- 4 hrs 5 mins
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