Time For A Kentucky Derby Party with 14 Hands Winery

Photo Credit: Sarah Tracey from The Lush Life
I love and live for the Kentucky Derby! I am dying to go to see it for myself! But for now I will have to live vicariously through all the fashion and hats and excitement. This year it coincides with Cinco De Mayo, a party day indeed!

In preparation for the Kentucky Derby, the wonderful 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, which is brilliant. The Mint Julep is such a staple of the day, it's just a little harsh for me with brown liquor. But adding delicious 14 Hands Brut? I am in!

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. Looking to have a party on Saturday? Sarah also came up with some staples, including a DIY Derby Hat decorating station!

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 D├ęcor
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.

By the way, 14 Hands Winery sent me a few bottles of wine to sample, along with these tips. My opinions are my own and I was not compensated (except for yummy wine) 

Photo Credit: Sarah Tracey from The Lush Life

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