The Kentucky Derby is on May 2nd, and if you’re planning on throwing a party for the greatest 2 min in sports, I have some great ideas.
Attire – Ask your friends to dress up in their finest clothes. This is the one day of the year that more is better. The men could wear light linen suits, seersucker, or go all out with lively colors like coral, light blue, lime, and yellow. The ladies should wear colorful sundresses and hats.
Set Up a Hat Decorating Station – Pick up flowers, lace, butterflies, tulle, and feathers at your local craft store. Put out some glue guns and set up a hat decorating station. Purchase a few extra inexpensive hats in case someone forgets to bring one.
Decor: Roses! The Kentucky Derby is also known as “The Run for the Roses” where the winner is draped with a blanket of roses. You’ll want to get some rose petals and put them on the tables or you can make a rose wreath.
Serve G.H. MUMM Champagne – it’s the official champagne of the Kentucky Derby. It’s what they spray the winning horse with at the end of the Derby and it’s what you should be serving your guests.
If you’re looking for a signature cocktail, try this tasty take on the mint julep using G.H. MUMM.
2 oz. G.H. MUMM Cordon Rouge
1 ½ oz. Absolut Citron Vodka
1 oz. Fresh squeezed lemon juice
½ oz. simple syrup
1 finger pinch fresh mint
Directions: Pour all ingredients except G.H. MUMM Cordon Rouge into a mixing glass. Add ice, cover and shake vigorously for 7-8 seconds. Pour G.H. MUMM Cordon Rouge into a chilled cocktail-martini glass and pour the cocktail over it.
Make a Derby Cheese Hat – Use two different sized rounds of brie (or any other round cheese) layer on top of one another (like a wedding cake); add a colorful ribbon, decorate with herbs and edible flowers. Serve with toasted bread and fig jam.
Triple Crown Desserts – The Kentucky Derby race is the first leg of the coveted triple crown (Fun Fact: which hasn’t been won since Affirmed in 1978) Serve a trio of desserts: Mini Pecan pies, Mini Sugar Cookie Hats and mint julep cupcakes.
1st, 2nd and Place – The Derby is all about who wins. Why not have your own competition at home, assign a random horse to each guest. The winners gets a bouquet of roses and a bottle of GH Mumm Cordon Rouge.
Set up a Photobooth: Get some derby themed props and set up a photobooth. You can even set up your own hashtag for the party.