There are very few things I love more than Derby Day. The Kentucky Derby was a bucket list item I crossed off in 2016 and I love the thrill of it all. From the thunderous roar of hooves on dirt to the dresses and hats I love everything about it. Derby Day generally takes place the first weekend in May, however due to Covid-19 it was pushed to the first weekend in September and we celebrated in style!
Kentuckyderby.com actually has the commemorative derby glasses for purchase so we of course had to have some for everyone. And how better to display the Woodford Reserve (sponsor of the Kentucky Derby) than a ring of roses for it to sit in?
Mint juleps are a must for Derby Day. Here’s a quick and easy recipe for you:
4-5 fresh mint leaves, roughly torn
2 oz. simple syrup
splash of cold water
2 oz. bourbon
In the bottom of your serving glass add mint leaves and simple syrup. Muddle with a handle of a wooden spoon or a muddler. Top with plenty of crushed ice, splash the cold water and add bourbon. Garnish with a sprig of mint and serve!
You can’t watch a race without placing your bets! We had the leader board of rankings printed and bet cards ready!
Being a florist, I love all the florals of the Derby, also known as the Run for the Roses. There are red roses everywhere on Derby Day. It just makes my heart happy. I repurposed boxes used for the nautical corporate event and put a horseshoe on them and voila! A Derby centerpiece was made!
How did you celebrate Derby Day 2020?