21 Kentucky Derby Recipes and Party Plan
Recipes for a Kentucky Derby Party.
As a native of “Luhval”, it is bred into us to throw a fabulous Derby Bash – no matter where in the world we are. The Kentucky Derby always run on the first Saturday in May, and is known as the “greatest 2 minutes in sports”. Throw a Kentucky Derby Party like a native with these classic Kentucky Derby Recipes.
Kentucky Derby Recipes & Party Plan
21 Recipes to Celebrate the Kentucky Derby
“The Run for the Roses” Watch Party Menu
Kentucky Derby Cocktails:
Honey Mint Julep
Kentucky Derby Appetizers:
Kentucky Derby Salad Recipes:
Arugula and Grilled Nectarine Salad
Kentucky Derby Side Dishes:
Kentucky Derby Main Dishes:
This famous sandwich was created by the Brown Hotel In Louisville, Kentucky. They are featuring a $1500 Agave Julep for the Derby – that should tell you everything you need to know.
Kentucky Derby Dessert:
Kentucky Derby Bourbon Chocolate Fondue
How to Throw a Kentucky Derby Party Like a Louisville Native
Easy Party Plan for a Kentucky Derby Watch Party
The weather is warming up and it’s the perfect time to take the party outside. Invite friends and family for a relaxing afternoon of Derby festivities.
Kentucky Derby Party Start Time
Start the party a couple of hours before post time. Television coverage usually begins at 5 PM (check local listings) and the singing of “My Old Kentucky Home” and post time is 6:15ish. So a 4:30 or 5 start time would give everyone plenty of time to grab a Mint Julep, nibble on some tasty Kentucky favorites and pick their favorite horses.
What to Wear | Kentucky Derby Attire
If you’ve ever watched the Derby, the coverage is as much about the parties, tailgating, celebrities and the unique Derby fashion as it is about jockeys and horses. Get into the spirit of the event by encouraging your guests to wear their best Derby fashions. For women that means creating a crazy, colorful hat or fascinator (the bigger the better. Guys can pull-out their seersucker, Madras, crazy strips, paired with a bow tie and/or suspenders. You might want to offer prizes for best hat, best-dressed guy and girl, best-dressed couple. Need more ideas? Click these links for hats, fashions for women and for men. Now you are ready to hobnob with all the celebs at the Derby.
Pick Your Horse | Kentucky Derby Betting Games
Print copies of the field early Saturday – since there are typically late minute changes. A fun way to get everyone involved is to write the names of the horses on slips of paper (if you have more guests than horses running make multiple sets of the field), have everyone place a $1 in a kitty, then they draw the name of a horse to cheer on during the race. The holder of the slip of paper with the winning horse wins the kitty. If there are several winners just split the pot. Visit the official Kentucky Derby website for more wagering party games.
For expert picks and betting tips check out the official Kentucky Derby website.
Plan Your Kentucky Derby Party Menu
From the Kentucky Derby Recipes listed above:
Pick an appetizer or 2
Grill a turkey breast (guest can make hot browns if they want) or whole filet mignon in a red wine and rosemary sauce.
Pick a side and a salad
Try making a derby pie or dress up a store bought pecan pie with a layer of bourbon chocolate drizzle.
Or make it even easier and make this a potluck.
Sing “My Old Kentucky Home” | Iconic Kentucky Derby Anthem
Print copies of “My Old Kentucky Home”, so everyone can sing along, as the horses are loaded into the gates. Print it below. These are the official lyrics that are sung today – if just google search it you might end up with a copy of the original version that contains some insensitive lyrics.
Men’s Derby Outfits
Derby Hat Draw
Kentucky Derby Recipes
Stress-free tip: Ask guests to bring things like dessert, appetizers or their signature dish to make this super easy.
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Eggplant Milanese. Better than take-out and done in 30 minutes. Special enough for a party, simple enough for tonight!
Pork Al Pastor perfectly pairs sweet pineapple with smokey chipotles. Using a slow cooker may not be authentic but it makes it easy to serve pork Al Pastor tacos for taco Tuesday or any day.
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