By Limor Suss, Lifestyle Expert
The Kentucky Derby is on May 1st, and if you’re planning on throwing a party for the greatest two minutes in sports, we have some stellar ideas.
Ask your friends to dress up in their finest clothes. This is the one day of the year when more is better. Invite male guests to wear light linen suits, seersucker, or really “go for it” with lively colors like coral, light blue, lime and yellow. The ladies should wear colorful
Set Up a Hat Decorating Station
Pick up flowers, lace, butterflies, tulle and feathers at your local craft store. Put out some glue guns and set up a hat decorating station. Purchase a few extra inexpensive hats, just in case someone forgets to bring one.
Roses as Decor
The Kentucky Derby is also known as “The Run for the Roses” where the winner is draped with a blanket of roses. You’ll want to get some rose petals and put them on the tables
Serve G.H.MUMM Champagne
It's the official champagne of the Kentucky Derby. It's what they spray the winning horse with at the end of the Derby and it's what you should be serving your guests. If you're looking for a signature cocktail, try this tasty take on the mint julep using G.H.MUMM:
2 part G.H.MUMM Cordon Rouge
1 1⁄2 part Absolut Citron Vodka
1 part Fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 finger pinch fresh mint
Pour all ingredients, except G.H.MUMM Cordon Rouge, into a mixing glass. Add ice, cover and shake vigorously for 7–8 seconds. Pour G.H.MUMM Cordon Rouge into a chilled cocktail-martini glass and pour the
Make a Derby “Cheese Hat”
Use two different sized rounds of brie (or any other round cheese) layer on top of one another (like a wedding cake); add a colorful ribbon, decorate with herbs and edible flowers. Serve with toasted bread and fig jam.
Triple Crown Desserts
The Kentucky Derby race is the first leg of the coveted Triple Crown. (Fun Fact: There hasn’t been a Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.) Serve a trio of desserts: Mini pecan pies, Bourbon bites and mint julep cupcakes.
1st, 2nd and 3rd Place
The Derby is all about who wins. Why not have your own competition at home and assign a random horse to each guest? The guest matched with the winning horse receives a bouquet of roses and a bottle of G.H.MUMM Cordon Rouge.
Disclosure: G.H.MUMM provided me with a 350ml bottle of their champagne to replicate the above recipe on my own.