Saddle up, friends. The Derby is upon us. The iconic race’s grandiose traditions–the fashion, the roses, the hats, and the bourbon–are ideal to plan a celebration around. We’ve gathered our favorite looks, recipes, and DIY tips, so you can nail all the festive essentials at your Kentucky Derby party:
1. The Hats
Whether outrageous or refined, your Derby topper is the perfect opportunity to get your DIY on and let your personality shine. You don’t even need to own a glue gun! Check out the simple hat-decorating tutorial from our hometown favorite, I Spy DIY.
2. The Dresses
Whether you love the Derby for its extravagant excess or old-world charm, this is no time to rein in your style. Step outside of your normal fashion boundaries and drape yourself in a ladylike floral, lace, or ruffled frock; or get preppy with seersucker, gingham, or polka dots.
3. The Drinks
Sweet, strong, and refreshing, Mint Juleps have been the official beverage of the Kentucky Derby since 1938. Mix things up with a variation on the classic; try the bright and juicy Pineapple Mint Julep from How Sweet Eats or the smooth Sweet Tea Mint Julep from Spicy Southern Kitchen.
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