And it's run for the roses / As fast as you can
Your fate is delivered / Your moment's at hand
It's the chance of a lifetime / In a lifetime of chance
And it's high time you joined / In the dance.
~ Dan Fogelberg, Run for the Roses
erby Day. Tomorrow’s race in Louisville, Kentucky marks the 138th year of what is known as the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports. For the owners and trainers and jockeys, it really is all about the horses. For some of the fans, it is all about the betting. But for most of us, it is all about the party. And by that I mean the hats and the booze.
Tomorrow I will be attending a Derby soiree that a couple of my friends throw every May. I learned my lesson last year and arranged to spend the night this year with a friend who lives only a mile away. My host makes the best (read: potent) mint juleps EVER.
Can’t make it to Louisville for the May madness? No worries ~ throw your own Derby 'do! Here are the top five things you will need. Come on ~ it’s high time you joined in the dance!
|Come on Dover!|
|And you, Miss, are no lady!|
Butterscotch Pecan Tart (because you can never have too many desserts!)
Well, you are throwing this party because of the Derby. So you really need a list of all the horses. You can find them all here.
|Running for the Roses!|
Make it fun: have all your guests who would like to participate put in $5, $10, or $20; whoever picks the top three gets the pot. If someone picks two out of three, give them a really nice bottle of bourbon. One out of three might get you a cookbook of Derby recipes or a set of shot glasses. (I get mine at Marshall’s ~ a set of 6 for $4!)
Before the race begins and after the thrill of it is gone (so to speak), you should have a great playlist playing in the background. Your favorite metal bands or rap artists will simply not do! Of course, no Derby Party is complete without Dan Fogelberg’s Run for the Roses – half country, half folk. But you can’t play one song on repeat the entire party!
Now, I know what you’re thinking: “She’s going to say bluegrass ~ oh no!”
First of all, what the hay-bale is wrong with bluegrass? Seems appropriate, considering the grass in Kentucky is blue. Anyway, listen to Alison Krauss or the Avett Brothers, and then tell me you don’t like bluegrass.
If it were my party, however, I would be playing zippy classical music (Ode to Joy, etc). I know ~ classical music should be imbibed on its own, not relegated to background noise. Trust me, you will be too
snookered excited for that type of concentration. Plus, think how especially appropriate it will be when one of your elegantly dressed guests shouts rather raucously: “Come on, Dovah! Move yah bloomin’ ahss!”
|The real winner and |
crowning glory of the Derby!
And you thought the Derby was an American invention!
Here’s to fast horses, smooth bourbon, and really big hats!
Oremus pro invicem,
Are you throwing a Derby party or attending one? Share recipes, experiences, or your picks in the comment section or on your Facebook page!