Kentucky Derby Ideas

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It’s Kentucky Derby time! The most exciting 2 minutes in sports. Invite some friends over and make a day of it.

I went to Jo-Ann Fabric and  Craft Store’s and found some great supplies to create my own last minute party ideas.

Bet Board:

Have the names printed on piece of paper before your guests arrive. Invite them to place their bet when they arrive.



I found these little horses in the kid’s crafts aisle. I spray painted them gold and hot glued them to magnets. I thought they were perfect to use for the “Bet Board.”







I made this magnetic chalkboard a while ago. I put the horses names on the left in chalk and offered $20, $50, $100 bets. Using the magnets will allow you to add multiple names under one bet.





I made the ribbon using a variety of bright colored and patterned ribbons. I hot glued the ribbons to the card stock print out Kentucky Derby logo I found online.



Table ideas:

-Black and white striped fabric for the the tablecloth
-Wooden horseshoes; found in the wood craft aisle.  I spray painted these gold and spread them across the table.
-Red roses of course. I was fortunate enough to find this “trophy” vase on my florists shelf.


Jockey Silks:

-I googled “jockey silks” and printed them out on card stock paper. I cut them out and taped them to skewers I cut in half to make them appropriate size for a sandwich.



Of course you need to serve the traditional Mint Julep. Here is the recipe.


  • About 20 mint leaves, plus more for garnish if you like
  • 2 tsp. sugar or 2 tsp. simple syrup
  • 2 to 3 oz. bourbon
  • Plenty of crushed ice


  1. Put mint leaves and sugar (or simple syrup ) in Mint Julep cup, old-fashioned glass.
  2. Muddle leaves and sugar until sugar dissolves.
  3. Add bourbon, stir. Fill glass with plenty of crushed ice and stir until an icy frost develops on the outside of the glass (this will be more obvious and apparent on a metal cup than on glass).
  4. Garnish with additional mint leaves

I tried to stick with simple classic food. I made traditional potato salad, bourbon BBQ chicken sliders with bourbon butter caramelized onions, and fruit salad. I used the “jockey silk” skewers for the sandwiches.


I shared this on “Living with Lindee” earlier this week. Here are the clips. You can also find these under the “videos” section of my website.

Special thanks for the Roanoke Natural Food Co-op for providing the food.

American wife to this Indian life. I am a right-brained, American woman married to a left-brained Indian man. I love art, design, up-cycling and multiple DIY projects at the same time. He loves simplicity and order. Follow us on this cultural collision as I combine our personalities and cultural differences through art, design, food, and raising kids. When I am not working on a craft or project, I co-host a lifestyle/entertainment show called "Daytime Blue Ridge," on our local NBC affiliate, WSLS 10.

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