Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Kentucky Derby Party

Saturday was the 139th running of The Kentucky Derby and our 3rd Annual Kentucky Derby Party. The funny thing is I know absolutely nothing, I mean nothing about horse racing. 3 years ago we decided the Derby was a good reason to invite some friends over and have a little party. It was a small get together, which consisted our close friends bringing a dish to pass and me attempting to make a mint julep. I say attempting because they were terrible. Times have changed and after taking last year off hosting due to our moving, we decided to go big.

We have been in our new house almost a year and being that it's spring in Virginia Beach we opened the pool and prepped the house. Thankfully we have some really great friends that lent a hand getting things up to snuff.

We decided to hire a caterer, which was a great move. I actually got to enjoy the party and wasn't stuck in the kitchen the entire night.

Chef Rich from Richson's Catering, VB

 I finally learned to make an amazing mint julep! Here is the recipe:

2 cups sugar
2 cups water
2 cups Kentucky Bourbon. (I used Makers Mark)
2 cups of mint leaves
Put it in a pitcher 10 days prior to the race and stir daily. Strain the mint leaves and serve over ice with a sprig of fresh mint. Obviously you can double or triple or quadruple the recipe and it still tastes great. But honestly after a couple of these things no one cares too much if the ratio is off a bit!

 Everyone dressed to The Oaks as they say out in Kentucky. I wore a chevron navy and mint dress complete with an ostrich on top of my fascinator. Princess Kate would be jealous!

My friends looked amazing and all came dressed to impress, seersucker pants and blazers, dresses and hats.


Oh wait, the race, almost forgot about that, Orb won.

Now back to the party, after everyone had their share of food and drink we had a serious dance party going on and things might have gotten a little crazy later in the night...conga line.I know crazy! Haha, just kidding. It was a great party and I think all of our friends had a great time getting dressed up to watch the fastest 2 minutes in sports. Now onto The Preakness!


  1. Looks like you really had a good time, a lovely family picture there :)
    You look pretty in the dress..

  2. Love the dress. I too have made a horrible mint julep. Noted your recipe for the future. :)

    1. Thanks! That recipe was so much better than trying to make it one at a time. It was really sweet and minty, not like straight gasoline this time, haha

  3. This party looks amazing and that dress is also awesome. For my cousin’s bridal shower I also would be sewing a dress on my own. The bash would be mermaid themed and will be held at a beachside Chicago event space so was just trying to find some inspirations for the dress. Could you help regarding it?