Horse racing is a big deal in my family, so every year we look forward to the annual Run for the Roses. I always have wanted to host a Kentucky Derby Party, but since everything else seems to happen this time of the year as well, I can’t ever make it happen! Well, this year I managed to plan a little party to take on Great Day Green Country for one of Prairie Hive’s guest segments. It’s always fun to go on the show, and today it was especially fun with delicious traditional Derby food and famous Kentucky bourbon!
I started with traditional Derby dish like these Kentucky Hot Browns. They were surprisingly very easy to make and they are DELICIOUS! To finish them off, I just cut out some horseshoe clip art and glued it to toothpicks to make cute little food picks.
Instead of making the traditional Mint Julep drink, I found a wonderful recipe for these Mint Julep cupcakes at Baked Perfection. Again, easy to make and so yummy!
And to drink…a Bourbon Smash. Surprisingly light and refreshing! I took only a sip this morning as I had to drive myself home and stay awake for the rest of the day, but I can’t wait to enjoy one later! The ingredients include raspberries, sugar, lime, mint and of course, bourbon. How can you go wrong?! I asked Elliot Nelson, proprietor of McNellie’s in Tulsa for a bourbon recommendation and he suggested Basil Hayden’s. When it comes to things like bourbon, I’ve got to consult the experts!
When it came to setting the table, I wanted to put a little twist on the traditional Kentucky Derby party. To achieve a southern feel, I pulled out any silver (or silverish type serving pieces) that I had. I laid out a linen tablecloth and then used a light blue and white awning stripe Fishs Eddy runner that I found at Sideways here in Tulsa. You can see the runner under the drink tray! The first picture is an arrangement with roses of course. I used more of a coral red rose instead of the traditional deep red and mixed them with ranunculus and other seasonal flowers that were available at the store (I usually like to buy my flowers at Whole Foods- they have a great selection!). I used an old silver trophy as a vase. I’ve had mine for years, but it would be a great thing to search for at the flea market! Silver Mint Julep cups were also filled with roses and vases of hydrangeas were added to the mix – just for a little extra dose of southern charm. And if you’d like to add some official Kentucky Derby race day pieces to your party, the official classes and programs are available to order.
Happy Kentucky Derby Day! If you’re off to the races, have fun! And if you host your own Kentucky Derby Party, send us some pics at Prairie Hive. We’d love to see them!