Kentucky Derby 2020: At Home Celebrations

August 28, 2020

JC Phelps, II

Hey, y’all! The Kentucky Derby is my favorite holiday — and always will be. While this is a nontraditional racing year and fans are not allowed at the track, my shine won’t be dulled: I’m celebrating Kentucky Derby 2020 at home with Ale-8-One!

The Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs – and, really, the entire week of – is the finest showing of sweet, southern, Kentucky culture. While it won’t be the same, I do think that these tips and recipes will help make this year one to remember for you and your loved ones!

Party Preparation

There are many facets of a successful Kentucky Derby party. However, there are a few things that need to be considered: the outfit (hats!), the decor (all things equestrian! oh, and roses!), the menu, and the cocktails (Ale-8 is the perfect mixer!).

My favorite tip? Serve all drinks in vintage (and current year) Derby glasses. I pick mine up throughout the year at yard sales, Goodwills, and thrift stores. They certainly bring the southern charm factor!

Tell me: do you prefer traditional hats or fascinators? I’m curious!

I purchase most all of my party needs each year at my local Kroger. They are a true one-stop shop for all things Derby. The best part? You can even pick up your Ale-8-One there. Be sure to look out for the limited-edition, commemorative Derby packaging on the shelves. I look forward to it each and every year!

Kentucky Derby 2020: At Home Celebrations Guide

Kentucky Derby Party Menu: Food

The most important part of a successful Kentucky Derby party? The food.

Kick things off with my pimento cheese – which I appropriately call “Better Than MeeMaw’s Pimento Cheese”, as it’s lip-smackin’ good.

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