|Cupcakes created by Save the date for cupcakes, and how about the brown sugar racetrack!|
|This is a lovely spread for a Derby Party!|
|A great invitation to set the theme! Include all the details!|
Or...for a different invitation, how about printing them on paper, rolling them up, tying with a ribbon and tying on a tiny horse figurine purchased at the dollar store?
|Save the Date for Cupcakes featured this lovely Derby table.|
|How fun would these be decorating your table?|
|Metal Mint Julep cups are the traditional way to serve them.|
Mint Julep Recipe
4 Fresh mint sprigs
2 1/2 ounce Kentucky bourbon
1 teaspoon powdered sugar
2 teaspoon water
Muddle mint leaves, powdered sugar, and water in a glass. Fill the glass with crushed ice and add bourbon. Top with more ice and garnish with a mint sprig.
|A great Derby-themed cake!|
|Derby Pie is another dessert choice to consider!|
It is my understanding that "Derby Pie" is trademarked. There are quite a number of variations, some using pecans, others walnuts, I will let you search out the recipe that suits your tastes and talents!
|Decorate the back of each chair with a different horse's number.|
- Encourage guests to wear hats, give a prize for best Derby hat!
- Serve mint juleps, the traditional drink of the Derby.
- Use red roses in your decorating, The Kentucky Derby is known as The Run for the Roses.
- NBC Derby coverage begins at 4:00pm with The Kentucky Derby Red Carpet coverage, and continues with the race at 5:00 and additional coverage until 7:00. Have all of your televisions sets tuned in.
- Serve traditional Kentucky foods to keep with the theme.
- Make rosettes like winners typically get, to decorate the backs of guests' chairs.
- Have a horseshoe-shaped cake decorated with red frosting roses.
- Put numbers 1 - 20 on pieces of paper and put them in a silver bowl. Have each guest pick one one, that is the horse they will root for during the race. The winner receives a small prize.
- Use a large horse head sculpture, or little toy horses set on your serving tables.
- Use astroturf for your tablecloth on your serving tables.
- Bring out all the best china and silver, celebrate this one-hundred and thirty-eight year old tradition!
|Benedictine spread finger sandwiches are another Kentucky classic.|
1 large cucumber
8 ounces of cream cheese, softened
2 Tablespoons finely grated onion
Dash of Tabasco sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 drop of green food coloring
- Peel, grate and drain the cucumber
- Combine with remaining ingredients in food processor
- Serve as is as a sandwich or canape spread
- Thin with sour cream to make a dip for vegetables.
|Country ham served on biscuits is a real Kentucky treat.|
|Bourbon Balls are a must have!|
Bourbon Balls Recipie
1 cup chopped nuts
5 tablespoons Kentucky Bourbon
1/2 Cup butter, softened
1 (16 ounce) package confectioners' sugar
18 ounces semisweet chocolate