The Kentucky Derby is one of spring’s best reasons for a party.
Celebrated the first Saturday in May, Kentucky’s famous horse race is ripe with Southern traditions, from the classic Mint Julep cocktail to the elegant Derby day fashion (hats, anyone?). If you can’t make it to Louisville, here is everything you need to know to plan a Kentucky Derby celebration. The drinks: Browse Southern Living’s takes on the perfect Mint Julep recipe or the lesser-known Derby favorite the Oaks Lily. The decor: red roses, of course. The games: break out the fashion awards with a best hat contest or host some friendly wagering on the winners. The food: this is where you can let your culinary preferences shine. From ham biscuits to bourbon truffles, there’s no shortage of Kentucky Derby-inspired recipes. No matter which horse takes the crown, with good food, friends, and fun your Kentucky Derby party is sure to be a winner.