Sunday, May 12, 2013

Kentucky Derby Party

It's time for our annual tradition- a celebration of the Kentucky Derby! If you missed it, it was on Saturday and is always the first Saturday in May. Born and raised in central Kentucky, both my husband and I like to commemorate this historic event with friends over mint juleps, good Kentucky food and Derby dishes, and some classic Southern style and hospitality!

Although it was a muddy and messy race, the horse "Orb" came from behind and won the prestigious title, and will go on to race in the Preakness.

If you are interested in reading more of my posts on the Kentucky Derby and even snagging some recipes, you can find them located here.

Here is a recap showing some of the party highlights:

bourbon bottle encased in ice with mint leaves and rose petals

Derby food spread

Derby betting envelope system

Grown-up, sophisticated jello shots 

Bourbon Balls

we used our recently constructed potting bench as a bar for the party- Derby glasses are stacked on the shelves

With much Kentucky love,


  1. I wish I lived closer so I could come to one of your Derby parties! :)

  2. Awwww I wish you could come too, Missy!! :)

  3. That looks like you guy had a blast ! The food wow looks yummy ! Gla you had a great time ! Hope you have a wonderful start to your week

  4. How fun! I am intrigued by the bourbon bottle covered in ice. It is so pretty! And I love how you used the potting bench as a bar - great idea!