Get out your fancy hats, gather supplies for the perfect Mint Julep and invite your friends over because it’s Derby time!
We have all your bases covered for the top tips to hosting a flawless Derby party. Before you dig into the Derby party checklist, did you know that the Kentucky Derby has been around since 1875 and was started by Meriwether Lewis Clark? He’s the grandson of William Clark, you know from Lewis and Clark!
Okay no pressure, it’s not like this checklist is going to lead anyone on expeditions into the West but it will lead them to ultimate party.
Rule 1: You Need a Great Hat
If you have no idea where to start and you need inspiration, StyleBluePrint has an easy guide for first-time hat designers Heidi walks you through the steps of picking out a hat base, the different accouterments that make a stunning hat, and then covers troubleshooting common hat design mistakes you might encounter. Don’t stress out, creating a Derby hat is supposed to be fun and it’s a great way to show off your own personal Derby style. Happy hatting!
Rule 2: You Need a Great Derby Drink to Serve your Guests
Now that you have completed Derby party rule #1, you have to wear your hat when creating your drink. It just makes it more festive – don’t argue. The Derby drink of choice is the Mint Julep. There is the classic option, which contains fun juice, or you can use this alcohol-free recipe. Here is a simple ingredient recipe from Southern Living:
- 3 fresh mint leaves
- 1 tablespoon Mint Simple Syrup
- Crushed Ice
- 1.5 to 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) bourbon
- 1 (4-inch) cocktail straw or coffee stirrer
- 1 fresh mint sprig
- Powdered sugar (optional)
Place mint leaves and Mint Simple Syrup in a chilled julep cup. Gently press leaves against cup with back of spoon to release flavors. Pack cup tightly with crushed ice. Insert straw, place mint sprig directly next to straw, and serve immediately. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.
Okay, put on your hat and grab your drink. It’s time to start planning your Derby party.
Rule 3: Thou Shalt Throw the Most Awesome Derby Party
With hat on and drink in hand, the vibes of the Derby spirit are now with you. This is when a fascinating moment happens – Derby party ideas just start to come together, of course with the assistance of this magical planning guide provided by the nice folks at the Kentucky Derby. This great guide provides Derby party ideas for any type of budget and even includes décor ideas so you incorporate the Derby essence by using a few traditional Derby staples.
With all that hard work of party planning done, sit back and make yourself a celebratory Mint Julep. Now comes the hard part – which horse do you think will win?