Kentucky Derby Celebration Tips

The Kentucky Derby is this Saturday, May 4 and we’re ready to celebrate. Don’t care about racing Horses? Who cares, you get to enjoy southern food and wear AMAZING hats! Here are a few things to help make your celebration a smashing success:


Free Menu Label Print Outs from Amy Atlas Events



DIY Paper Roses from Creations by Kara



Pickled Shrimp via Kentucky Derby Website

  • 2 pounds shrimp – boiled and chilled
2 medium red onions sliced in rings
  • 1 C vegetable oil
1.5 C white vinegar
  • .5 C sugar
  • 1.5 tsp celery seed
  • 4 tsp capers

Make alternate layers of shrimp and onion slices in bowl. Mix all other ingredients and pour over. Refrigerate 6 or more hours stirring occasionally. Serve as hors d’oeuvre with crackers or tooth picks or serves 6 as a salad on top of lettuce.



Mint Julep via Chow

  • 3 sprigs fresh mint
  • 1 tsp water
  • 1 tsp superfine sugar
  • 2 oz bourbon

Muddle 2 mint sprigs, the water, and the sugar in a highball or collins glass or a silver julep cup. Fill the glass with crushed ice, and pour in the bourbon. Garnish with the remaining mint sprig. Variation: Omit the mint sprig garnish. Substitute brandy for the bourbon, and garnish with a slice of orange and a maraschino cherry.



Cucumber Tea Sandwiches via Good Life Eats

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 5 oz Garlic and Herb Boursin
  • 2 – 3 Tbs fresh chives, sliced plus extra for garnish
  • 1 English cucumber
  • 1 bunch radishes
  • 1 bunch watercress
  • white sandwich bread
  • pumpernickel sandwich bread

In a small food processor, combine the cream cheese and boursin, pureeing until well blended and combined. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and stir in sliced fresh chives. Set aside. Slice the cucumber and radishes into 1/8 inch thick slices. Cut crusts off the bread, spread one side of each slice with the cream cheese mixture, tip with sliced cucumber, radish, and a few watercress leaves, then top with other piece of bread. Cut into triangles and garnish with a chive stem tied into a knot.



Don’t have a hat? Make Your Own


These are just a few fun things you can do this Saturday. Have some favorite Kentucky Derby activities? We’d love to hear about them!


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