A Taste of Kentucky Derby!

Hold your horses, you don’t have to live in Kentucky to celebrate this festive southern tradition that takes place at Churchill Downs the first weekend in May. At the Derby spectators line the infield inside the track to enjoy finger foods and Mint Juleps at individual small parties and receptions. Celebrate in style in your own infield-backyard with an easy but elegant table spread that your guests will enjoy.

Serve it up Sassy!  The Menu for the Derby

Hot Brown Appetizers- Kentucky Derby

At the starting line of this food event, silver makes a real statement as serving pieces. It wouldn’t be the Derby without silver platters, plates and cups. Don’t have silver or silver plated pieces? Classic white dinnerware can be used or intermingled with a few silver pieces.

The Mini Hot Brown’s are served with small rounds of crusty bread toasted with butter and stacked with melted cheddar cheese, cooked peppered bacon, and smoked turkey breast. As a garnish for this appetizer, a thin sliced Roma tomato with parsley appeals to the eye. These can be served warm or cold depending on your preference.

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The Kentucky Derby Bar’s have a solid filling with toasted pecans and mini chocolate chips making this graham cracker crust dessert sweet and rich.

While mingling and munching on these delicious bites sip on the frosty Cucumber Mint Julep  .

Cucumber Mint Juleps Kentucky Derby


A twist on the traditional bourbon filled julep is the Cucumber Mint flavor.  English cucumbers are mixed with mint simple syrup and pure vanilla extract. Lemon lime soda or Perrier is added and poured over frozen mint ice cubes making this julep refreshing on a hot day.

In true Derby style, serve Mint Juleps in a silver cup with a skewered ruffled English Cucumber slice. Pretty and Delicious!

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The nickname Run for Roses is another name for the Kentucky Derby; for a blanket of red roses are draped over the winning horse. To mimic the winning blanket, red roses and white carnations are arranged in Mint Julep cups and supports the overall table decor color scheme. For an added accessory, an elaborate navy hat with pearls, lace and tulle reflects the lavish style that well-connected and famous women wear during this event.

On Daytime Blue Ridge we celebrated the Kentucky Derby with out festive hats and fun buffet.   Hope you have a great time planning your Kentucky Derby and remember you don’t have to live in Kentucky to celebrate Derby style.

Helping you Make a Statement, Make it Sassy and Make it Yours!  

Liz Bushong Designer, TV Host, AuthorWritten By: Liz Bushong

Liz Bushong is an expert in the three-dimensional art of entertaining. She transforms simple dining occasions into beautiful and memorable moments by adding a touch of her own “sassy style”. For the past several years Liz has been entrusted to decorate several high profile homes for the Holidays including the White House, Vice Presidential Personal Residence, Governors mansions and more. She is a featured monthly guest chef/designer on regional CBS/ABC Affiliates Daytime Tri-Cities, Daytime Blue-Ridge Roanoke and other television shows. Liz is the author of Just Desserts and Sweets & Savories cookbook as well as a contributing writer for several magazines including VIP SEEN & Lovely Bella.

All recipes, food styling, photography and article are created and developed by Liz Bushong.

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