Tips for throwing a Kentucky Derby viewing party with 14 Hands Winery

Thursday, April 26, 2018
One of my favorite events throughout the year is the Kentucky Derby. Going to the Derby has been on my bucket list for as far back as I can recall. The southern charm, the hats, and of course the booze has always intrigued me. This years Derby falls on Cinco de Mayo. It will also be the weekend prior to us leaving for Thailand. I have a feeling we will have a big party on Derby day!

To get me ready for the Kentucky Derby, My friends at 14 Hands Winery sent me a few bottles of wine along with some tips from Sarah Tracey of The Lush Life. These tips are perfect for anyone looking to host a Kentucky Derby viewing party.  Sarah came up with a fresh approach to the mint julep, using 14 Hands brut instead of Bourbon, and friends this is right up my alley.
Photo Credit: Sarah Tracey from The Lush Life
The Lush Life Sparkling Pineapple Julep Recipe
Combine one tablespoon of pineapple preserves and 7 mint leaves in a cocktail shaker and muddle. Add 1.5 oz gin, fill shaker with ice, and shake vigorously. Pour into a glass and top with 5 oz 14 Hands Brut. Garnish generously with mint sprigs and a slice of fresh pineapple.

A Kentucky Derby viewing party wouldn't be possible without proper dress and Decor. Along with the amazing recipe above, Sarah also came up with some staples, including a DIY Derby Hat decorating station (LOVE).
Photo Credit: Sarah Tracey from The Lush Life
Encourage a Festive Dress Code
On your invites, encourage your guests to get into the Derby spirit with their style! Seersucker and pastel bowties are fun for the fellas, for the ladies fabulous hats are mandatory. Vintage and thrift stores are fun places to hunt for creative party attire that looks like you stepped straight off of Millionaire’s Row.

Set the Scene with Country-Chic Décor
Create a country-chic rustic tablescape with burlap runners, antique lace, vintage photos in charming silver frames, mason jars and of course lots of bright florals. Equestrian touches like horseshoes or horse cutouts are a playful and whimsical detail. And don’t forget the perfect touch to a table setting is the wine! Add in a couple bottles of 14 Hands Limited Release Kentucky Derby® Red Blend to top off the ambiance.

Don’t Forget About Party Favors
Create a DIY hat decorating station and invite guests to bring a plain hat to deck out. Source ribbon, silk flowers, feathers and other fun items from your local craft store; set out some glue guns, and let guests create their own designs.

Raise the Stakes & Place Your Bets
The race is a little more fun if you have some money down on the winner! Let your guests fill out wager cards, have everyone throw a dollar or five in the pot, and the winner takes all.

14 Hands Winery sent me a few bottles of wine to sample, along with these tips. This was not a paid post, nor was I asked to write this post. 

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