This coming Saturday marks the fastest two minutes in sports with the Kentucky Derby. The beauty of the race lends itself to pomp and circumstance upheld beyond Kentucky state lines. If we can't be there, the next best thing is hosting a derby-inspired dinner, complete with all the Southern traditions.
The Rules of Engagement
- Attire: First things first, break out your mint julep cups, seersucker suits, and elegant dresses. This event is the equivalent of a royal wedding when it comes to fabulous hats and fascinators so don't forget to don your finest headwear. You don't want to show up without one! Get your head-to-toe guide on derby attire here and check out our Pinterest board for more inspiration.
- Tabletop and Centerpieces: Try a stylish southern tabletop with our Rattan Round Charger and Marchesa Shades of White China. For an elegant addition, use our Elise Cut Stemware. Incorporate shades of red through our Red Chiavari and Red Vintage Glassware. We love using our mint julep cups as festive individual centerpieces with traditional roses inside.
- Tradition: Share the traditions of the Kentucky Derby with your guest. The Run for the Roses, as it is also known, has it's own rich history revolving around the red rose. Learn all about it here. Want to know what the competition looks like? From Governor Charlie to Charming Kitten, each fierce Kentucky Derby champion is featured here.
- Cocktails: No Kentucky-themed party is complete without sweet, spicy, barrel-aged bourbon. Whether you’re a lucky collector of Pappy Van Winkle or prefer the trusty Maker’s Mark, arm yourself with a few bottles of your favorite brand plus simple syrup, distilled water, and sprigs of mint leaf in order to create the race’s official cocktail - the always-refreshing mint julep. Serve the drink on crushed ice over our silver mint julep cup.
For your Kentucky Derby party headquarters head over to kentuckyderby.com.
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