April 22, 2015

The Kentucky Derby, Recipes & Party Preparations

It's Derby time here in Kentucky!

This is a time when Kentucky gets to host many visitors and showcase its hospitality. There are parties, parties, parties! And they can range from elegant affairs with white tablecloths to back yard affairs with grilling and corn hole.

Food is an important part of any festivity...and the Derby is no exception. There are a few recipes that are quintessential Kentucky. So, I thought I would share those with you. Whether you are hosting a party or taking a dish to a party...here are some ideas for you. When I have had Derby parties I usually set up a buffet and beverage center where people can help themselves. 
Set up a pretty beverage table.
For an "at home" Derby party I think that planning and prep are the most important things for you to do so that the day of the race you have everything under control.  After all, you want to enjoy your guests and the party too. 

If you do not own enough silver julep cups to provide to your guests...ask everyone to bring their own. Hats (for ladies & gents) and julep cups add a special touch to any Derby party!

From kentuckyderby.com here is a suggested pre-party checklist

  • Determine the venue and event time                                                   
  • Contact friends or relatives with a "Save the Date" email or call
  • Determine attire and/or other requirements of guests (Dressy or Casual)
  • Purchase official Derby party supplies and favors
  • Create and fund a TwinSpires.com account so everyone can wager on the day's races.
  • Order raceday programs to be delivered to your home.
  • Determine menu and print recipes
  • Obtain liquors and other libations
  • Determine if silver, china and other place settings are in order. We suggest taking a look at the Arthur Court Collection of Kentucky Derby licensed product.
  • Finalize guest list
  • Go shopping for appropriate attire/Derby hat!
  • Print out lyrics to "My Old Kentucky Home"
 Friday, May 1, 2015
Kentucky Oaks 141 Logo        
  • Enjoy live coverage of the Grade I Kentucky Oaks 140 at Churchill Downs from 5-6 p.m. EDT on NBC Sports to get in the Kentucky Derby mood!
Saturday, May 2, 2015
The Run for the Roses!
Kentucky Derby 141 Logo
  • Arrange your table top in the morning (so you have plenty of time to get ready!)
  • Purchase extra ice
  • Print racing forms for guests
  • Tune into NBC for coverage of the undercard races, Red Carpet, & Kentucky Derby 141

Here is the party planning guide from kentuckyderby.com, and it offers some really good ideas. Be sure to take a look!

Click the link below to see the pdf.
Kentucky Derby Party Planning Guide

Here is a fun way to include kids in Derby Festivities. 
Each one needs a stick pony, and let them race to the finish line.

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Vineyard Vines Official Style of the Kentucky Derby.

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Please note: I am not associated with any brands discussed on this post. I am simply providing you with some good sources of information as you plan your Derby festivities. I am required to state any affiliation that I might have with brands.

I have probably overloaded you with info...but there is so much to share about our Kentucky Derby and all of the activities associated with it!

Thanks for visiting!
My Kentucky Living
My Kentucky Living

Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.

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