Folks everywhere enjoy the world's most-celebrated horse race, the famous Kentucky Derby! The Kentucky Derby will take place on May 4, 2013, so here are 13 ideas to make your Derby party especially fun, festive, and fabulous!
A big part of the Kentucky Derby is celebrating Southern tradition. And after a Mint Julep, a bowl of Burgoo stew, and a Kentucky Brown sandwich, a dessert of these carrot cake cupcakes -- don't forget the pecans! -- in a damask wrapper, with cream cheese frosting, and topped with a rose on top, would be perfect!
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Winners at the Kentucky Derby have been given red roses since the 1890s. Nowadays, the Governor of Kentucky presents the winning jockey with a bouquet of 60 long-stem red roses, tied with 10 yards of red ribbon. At your celebration, everyone will be a winner when they get a red "rose," which can make for a pretty place setting.
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The Derby isn't just the high-point of the racing world, its a celebration of all that makes Southern living so wonderful. Kentucky has a long and respected history of breeding beautiful thoroughbred horses, and a fine tradition of an equestrian lifestyle to go with it. I just love these black riding boots filled with red roses as a welcome decoration by the front door!
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This Spring strawberry shortcake dessert features sliced berries arranged as a red "rose," the official flower of the Kentucky Derby.
The Kentucky Derby made red roses their official flower around the turn of the last century, since women guests were often given red roses as welcoming gifts at Derby parties. Later, roses were also awarded to the race's winners. Nowadays, the Derby is referred to as the "Run for the Roses!" Thus, an origami rose bookmark would be a lovely decoration (and party favor) for your guests.
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13 Kentucky Derby Party Ideas
Derby Hat Decorations
Southern Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Lucky Derby Decorations
Red Rose Centerpiece
Winning Red Rose Settings
Derby Day Welcome!
Kentucky Derby Decor
Derby Treat Toppers
Horseshoe Rose Wreath Cake
Delicious Derby Pie
Strawberry "Rose" Shortcake
Folded Paper Roses
Disney Horse Crafts
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