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Must Haves for an At-Home Derby Party

We all know things are looking a little different this year for Derby plans.  However, that doesn’t have to stop you from having a good time!  We have come up with a list of must-haves that will ensure you have the BEST At-Home Derby party.  Who knows, this could be one of the most memorable Derbys yet!

1. Decor

Greet your guests at the door with a festive wreath!  This could be a wreath of roses or jockey silk.  Next, you’ll want to make sure you have plates and napkins to match the occasion.  Either stick with a classic solid color or find fun patterned ones here.  Tying red balloons at your mailbox is also a fun touch to let your guests know from the street where the party is located.

Photo from Polka Dot Chair

2. Hats or Fascinators

It wouldn’t be Derby without fancy hats or a fascinator.  Either find one at your local mall or you can even make a fascinator yourself.  These will be easy and so fun for photos! 

Photo from Southern Living

3. Delicious Apps

We have found you the best Derby appetizer: hot brown bites.  These little guys are crafted with phyllo tart shells, turkey, cheddar, and bacon.  Is your mouth watering yet?  A charcuterie board with cheeses, crackers, and meats is always a crowd-pleaser, too.  Be sure to have some fruit to balance the heavier appetizers as well.

Photo from Bluegrass Bites

4. Mint Julep Bar

It wouldn’t be the Derby without Mint Juleps.  This Kentucky tradition is an absolute must for your party!  Serve in silver or bronze cups with festive straws.  Complete the bar with mint leaves and a cute decorative sign.  Also, it’s a good idea to have mint lemonade on hand for guests seeking a non-alcoholic option.

Photo from Evite

5. Bake a Derby Pie

This is a necessity for obvious reasons!  Here is a recipe that you will thank us for later.  Always remember to have another dessert such as chocolate chip cookies or banana pudding as options for guests who have a nut allergy, because the Derby Pie does have pecans in it.

Photo from Epicurus

Need some more help with party planning?  Take a look at these local restaurants and what catering options they have available:

With these steps, we are certain you will be the hostess of the year.  We wish you the best of luck and hope you enjoy watching the races!  Cheers to another year of Derby traditions.

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