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Derby Day Party Tips

April 20th, 2017

Derby Day Party Tips

The Kentucky Derby is one of the most thrilling sporting events of the year. Often referred to as the fastest two minutes in sports, the Derby normally comes to a swift end as the some of the world’s fastest animals compete for the win. While the race may last mere minutes, the many parties that are thrown to celebrate the event often go on for hours before and after the race takes place.


The Best Mint Julep Recipe for Your Race Day Party


The best tip you can get for any party, especially gatherings that are designed around an event that’s as iconic as the Kentucky Derby, is to have a great drink menu. One drink that should be on every Derby Day beverage menu is the Mint Julep. Even though the Mint Julep was originally made in Virginia, the drink has become synonymous with the Kentucky Derby. Despite its close ties to the Derby, Virginians and Kentuckians have argued about the right way to prepare a Mint Julep for more than two centuries.

Regardless of whether you’re from Virginia, Kentucky or another state, we think you’ll enjoy our Mint Julep recipe. To make a Mint Julep all of your party guests will love, gather the following ingredients:


• One teaspoon of sugar

• One teaspoon of water

• Eight fresh mint leaves (keep the sprigs for garnish)

• One cup of crushed ice

• One-third cup of bourbon

To put together the perfect Mint Julep, you’ll need a Mint Julep cup. If you don’t have one, don’t worry! An 8-ounce glass will work just fine. Put the water and sugar in the glass and stir them until the sugar dissolves. Add the mint leaves and muddle them in the liquid a bit using a wooden spoon. Fill the glass with crushed ice and then add the bourbon. Stir the beverage until the outside of the glass has a frosty look. Finally, garnish the drink with a few mint sprigs.


Cheese Straws to Liven up Your Table


There are plenty of recipes for race day fare. Some yield colorful food, others produce desert items and still others yield yummy finger foods. While there is a vast array of recipes for food you can serve during your party, most of them produce items that will sit flat on your serving table. That’s why we thought you’d appreciate a recipe that will add height, flavor and some decoration to your serving table.

Cheese straws are easy to make and only require a handful of ingredients. You can make your cheese straws as long as you want and present them in a vertical container to give your serving area some depth. To make cheese straws, you’ll need the following ingredients:


• Flour

• 14 ounces of thawed puff pastry

• 4 ounces of grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

• One large, slightly beaten egg

To assemble your cheese straws, lightly dust your work area with flour and roll the puff pastry out into a square. Brush some of the beaten egg over the puff pastry until it’s sufficiently moistened. Spread half of the cheese over the lower half of the pastry, along with a little bit of salt. Fold the top of the pastry over the cheese-covered part and seal the pastry. Roll the pastry into a rectangle, brush more of the egg on it, and sprinkle it with the rest of your cheese and some salt.

Next, you should cut the pastry into ¼-inch strips, twist them into spirals, and put them on a baking sheet. Cover the baking sheet using plastic wrap and put it into the refrigerator for a minimum of 30 minutes. When you’re ready to bake your cheese straws, set your oven to 375 degrees and put your baking sheet in the oven once it reaches that temperature. Bake your straws for about 15 minutes, rotating them halfway through.


Decorations for Your Derby Day Celebration


No Derby Day celebration would be complete without the appearance of some big hats. While you may not be keen on wearing a hat, you can use a few as decorations for your get-together. To make some eye-catching decorations, pick up some inexpensive hats and craft supplies. Some supplies you may want to get include ribbon, flowers, beads and a hot glue gun.

Use your supplies to transform a boring hat into a piece your guests won’t be able to stop talking about. If the flowers you bought are too heavy for you to attach with a hot glue gun, use some floral wire to pin them to the hat.

Now that you know how to decorate for your party, you have an idea of the food you can serve, and you know how to make the drink every Derby party must have, you’re ready to plan your own Kentucky Derby bash. Share this post and let your friends know when the fun will begin on Derby Day.