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Kentucky Derby Party Planning

Kentucky Derby Party Planning

What is the most fun race of the year? The Kentucky Derby of course. The Kentucky Derby is fast approaching.  With these Kentucky Derby party planning ideas, you will be ready for the race. Let’s start with these fashion must-haves in your closet. And, even if you cannot attend the event in Louisville, your festivities can be right on par with what will be happening on May 1st and 2nd this year. Here are some fun things to do to join in on the fun.

Lady Anna Hat by Louisa Voisine Millinery
Lady Anna Hat by Louisa Voisine Millinery

Hats

Look at the pictures of past derby events, what is the most prominent in each one – other than the horse and jockey that won? You won’t need a magnifying glass for this one because the answer is the hats worn by the ladies. This tradition has its roots in the south, but today it seems more about the spectacular styles one can put together and be unique about it.

And, you are in luck. We have quite a selection of hats that will be a perfect match of any Kentucky Derby event you attend. The Louisa Voisine Millinery on WardrobeShop.com is a great place to start your shopping for spectacular hats for your derby party. These are a few we have to show:

 

Vintage Style Daysy Jacket in Amethyst by Nataya
Vintage Style Daysy Jacket in Amethyst by Nataya

 

Attire

Ladies, this is your chance to go all out with southern style. The party and tradition of this event is quite a spectacle but in a good way. Pick out your most favorite southern inspired dress or have a look at a few of ours for inspiration and a new outfit. If you are not into dresses or skirts, no worries, palazzo pants or flared trousers and a great blouse are just the thing this year. Check out these great combinations you can match with the hats above:

Party Preparations

Mint Julep

This is the beverage of Louisville and is especially popular at the big race. Be sure to try these hundred year-old traditional beverages soon and have them on hand for your guests. The recipe is simple:

  • 4 sprigs of mint
  • ½ teaspoon of confectioner sugar
  • 1 Kentucky Bourbon

In a highball glass, crush one sprig of mint lightly with sugar. Add ice and bourbon. Stir until the glass frosts over. Add remaining mint as a garnish. Enjoy.

 

And don’t put away the bourbon just yet. Try this awesome bourbon infused pecan pie for the greatest treat on race day:

Bourbon Pecan Pie

  • ½ cup melted and cool, unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup corn syrup
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup Kentucky bourbon
  • 1 ½ tbs vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cup pecans
  • ¾ chocolate chips
  • 9 inch pie crust

Prepare crust. In large bowl or stand mixer, whisk both sugars, butter, corn syrup, bourbon, vanilla and eggs until a frothy consistency begins to show. Gently fold in chocolate chips and pecans with a spatula. Fill prepared pie crust with as much of the filling as possible. Bake at 350F for 50 to 60 minutes. Allow to cool completely. Serve smothered in whipped cream and ice cream.

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