We hosted our first Derby Party on Saturday and had a fabulous time with some of our favorite people. I've been planning this party since Ryan's interview in Louisville when I spent the day at Churchill Downs. It's a good thing we didn't get matched there, I may have developed a gambling problem!
My black riding boots and an old helmet served as the centerpiece with some bearded iris from the yard. Food-wise we had bourbon balls (by Maggie), blue cheese stuffed dates wrapped in bacon (by Jennie), hot browns (by me), smoked cheese (by Don) and then some other smaller items. And of course mint juleps!
Doesn't Ryan look good in a bow tie? Pre-party selfie!
My 'barn Kristin' - so glad we found each other last summer.
You can't have a Derby Party without betting, right? We kept it simple and each placed $5 in the pot. We took turns picking horses off the mantle and each was labeled (on the back) with a post number. Ryan was excited when he picked #13 - Itsaknockout.
This made it extra fun to watch the race. As I predicted, American Pharoh won (Craig gave me a hard time about picking the favorite to win but Bob Baffet is just too good to bet against!). Kristin and Brandon had American Pharoh and won the pot.
Have a little moolah in the game made us all watch the most exciting two minutes in sports a little closer! We even sang "My Old Kentucky Home" along with the crowd!
Amber and Sam with their sweet kiddos - Matthew, Morgan and Luke. We're going to miss them when they move back to Mississippi in a few weeks!
Amanda is a fellow Junior League transfer and shares the same love of all things Kate Middleton. Her fascinator was fabulous and from a millinery in Edinburgh, Scotland. Afterward the race, we headed outside to play a little ladder golf.
Brandon and Kristin dominated in ladder golf. Poor Richard was stuck with me as a teammate. Maggie and Amanda won the first round and lost the second. Ryan kept score.
Pepe and Scout enjoyed the party and were very interested to watch us run around the yard chasing balls for a change!