The Kentucky Derby is an annual horse race held in Louisville, Kentucky on the first Saturday in May. While the races may only last a few minutes, your party will likely last the entire day so we’ve put together a few of our tips on how to make your event even more memorable.
1. The Decorations
Adding decorations to your space is essential for every party to help set the tone. When considering options for your Kentucky Derby party, bouquets of fresh flowers and spring foliage are a must-have. Using a jug rather than a traditional vase is a unique and versatile way to showcase your beautiful blooms.
Don’t forget to incorporate horse props like wall art, horseshoes and figurines!
2. The Drinks
Every party needs a signature drink and no Kentucky Derby party would be complete without a Mint Julep. The official drink of the races is simple to make and requires just a few classic ingredients listed below.
How to Make a Mint Julep
- 2 oz of Bourbon (such as Woodford Reserve)
- 1 tsp water
- 2 tsp sugar
- Crushed ice
- In a tumbler, gently muddle the mint, sugar and water together to release the aromas in the mint.
- Fill the glass with crushed ice, add the bourbon and stir well.
- Garnish with a sprig of mint and enjoy.
Denby offers a variety of colorful glassware to choose from ranging from small and large tumblers to wine glasses to suit all tastes and drinks alike.
3. The Recipes
Like most of our southern states, Kentucky is known for a few classic dishes such as fried foods, cornbread and biscuits, pecans and of course, barbecue. The possibilities are almost endless when you’re planning a Kentucky Derby party! Luckily for you, we’ve put together 3 of our favorite Derby inspired dishes brought to you by Bon Appetit, that will cover you through hors d’oeuvres, the main entree and last but not least, dessert.
3 courses sure to please:
Bourbon Brown Butter Pecan Pie
Serve these southern specialties with Denby Pottery for added charm. Our stoneware collections are beautiful and built to last so that you can be confident when buying Denby that your dinnerware and serveware will last for years (and many parties) to come.
There you have it – our tips on throwing a festive Kentucky Derby party at home. All that’s left for you to do is dress for the occasion. Brightly colored dresses and bold hats adorned with flowers and bows work best for the ladies while seasonal spring essentials like blazers with dapper accessories suit the men.
…and we’re off to the races!