Does anyone currently have a mint julep in hand for this Kentucky Derby day?! I don’t….yet! I’m still recovering from my one too many margaritas that I may or may not have consumed last night! These images are a few of my favorites from some seriously cute Kentucky Derby parties. In fact, they make me want to throw a last minute party RIGHT NOW, but I’ll have to wait to break out all my searsucker until next year!
In case you are throwing a last minute derby party then let these images serve as inspiration. Here are a few tips that every derby party should have….
1. Mint Juleps–these are an absolute must! If you’re in need of a good recipe you can find my favorite one here.
2. Roses–red roses are the traditional flower of the Kentucky Derby, but I always opt for white or different shades of pink.
3. A searsucker something–a dress, ribbon, bowtie….this is your chance to break out all things searsucker!
4. Mint–you definitely need mint for your mint juleps but it can also serve as cute foliage for a flower arrangement.
5. A fun hat or headband–go ahead, channel your inner Blair Waldorf.
Cheers to the weekend!
Happy Cinco de Mayo, Friends! I hope you all have plans to consume copious amounts of guacamole, margaritas, and of course, tacos this weekend! I know I sure as heck do! If you’re throwing a last minute shindig and need a little last minute Cinco de Mayo inspiration then look no more. These images are sure to have you swooning and running to your nearest party store!
If you’re still searching for the perfect margarita recipe make sure out check out my favorite one here!
Tacos, margaritas, and guacamole, OH MY! That must mean it’s Cinco de Mayo, which is basically one of my favorite holidays because HELLO, tacos, margaritas, AND guac! Seriously, a reason to eat my three favorite food groups in one day, say no more!
Come every Cinco de Mayo I search and search for the ‘best’ margarita to make for my fiesta. Every recipe I find leaves me a little more and more disappointed than the last one.
This year was no exception in my hunt for the ‘perfect’ margarita. However, the one thing that was different this year is that I decided to make my own recipe inspired by the margaritas my uncle used to make me. This recipe is as home crafted as can be and I don’t think a better margarita recipe exists. I clearly may be a little bias, but they really are that good. Ryan just can’t get enough of them!
So, do you all want to know the secret to this margarita??? It’s the cuties! Yes, those adorable little orange fruits that are filled with nothing but deliciousness.
**2 parts tequila (I use reposado)
**1 1/2 parts simple syrup (I use the pre-made stuff)
**1 1/2 part triple sec
**1 1/2 parts lime juice (I use the pre-juiced organic jar)
**Fill a chilled glass a little more than halfway with crushed ice (remember the key to a good cocktail is the ice)
**Pour all ingredients over the ice
**Stir and enjoy
So there you have it, the BEST margarita you’re going to make at home! This one is for you, Uncle Geno…we know you’d love it as much as we do!
What are you favorite recipes for Cinco de Mayo?? This year I may cook a thing or two out of the big ol’ pretty Mexico cookbook of mine!
It’s off to the races! Let’s make it as quick as we can to next weekend, deal?! At the risk of sounding like a complete lush, this is one of the best weeks for themed cocktails. Hello, Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby! Ya’ll know this girl loves herself a good themed anything; and cocktails are certainly not an exception of that. “Bartender, pour me a mint julep and a good ol’ margarita!”
The last few years I have found myself rather intrigued and dare I say obsessed with all things Kentucky Derby come the month of May. However, I do always feel so bad for the horses that are racing, does anyone else feel like this? I’m obsessed with the hats, the searsucker, the pastels….and OF COURSE, the mint juleps. After all, the mint julep is the most iconic tradition of The Kentucky Derby.
This year I’m not hosting a party but I will definitely be indulging in a mint julep or two come Saturday. My party this year is sharing my mint julep recipe here with you all on my blog! Now, let me forwarn you… these drinks are STRONG! After just one of these delicious cocktails, I have quite a little buzz going on, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing (wink, wink).
**1 part mint syrup
**3 parts bourbon
**Splash of Club Soda
**Chilled glass with crushed ice
**Infuse simple syrup(I bought the pre-made syrup, but you can make your own) with mint. I did 1.5 cups of simple syrup with around 30-ish mint leaves. Let steep on low for at least 1-hour.
**While mint is steeping in syrup, chill glasses and crush ice.
**Once the mint-syrup is done, fill glass completely with ice. Seriously… the key to a good cocktail is the ice. Mint Juleps are BEST with a glass full of crushed ice.
**Add bourbon, mint syrup, and club soda to your chilled glass and stir all of the ingredients together.
**Garnish with mint and enjoy!
As strong as this drink is, it ranks high on my list of my favorite cocktails! I’d love to hear if you all like them as much as I do and if you end up trying this recipe out for yourselves!
I’m giddy with excitement to share these pictures with all you lovelies! Between the colors, the flowers, and the dishware, I’m so IN LOVE with how this Easter Tablescape turned out. If you asked me to pick my favorite piece from this table I don’t think I could pick just one. All the different elements really pull this Easter table together and make it so swoon worthy. I seriously can’t stop swooning over it! Out of all the holidays, I’d have to say that Easter is my least favorite, but I do enjoy a springy pastel tablescape, brunch, and all the Easter egg shaped candy. Cadbury Eggs, anyone?!
Besides designing tablescapes, I LOVE arranging flowers…I find it to be therapeutic. I love seeing what I can create with the different flowers and vases that I’ve picked out for each arrangement. If I didn’t have such bad allergies I would seriously consider doing it as a little side job.
I hope you all enjoy reading this post as much as much as I enjoyed creating it because I’m seriously obsessed with how it turned out. I wish I was able to link everything for you all to shop but the dishes are HomeGoods finds and the glasses are vintage finds. I did my best to round up similar items for you to shop below.
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I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and enjoy some flowers and pastel colors of your own. Maybe a little Easter Candy too!