In The Studio | May 1, 2014
A Hats-off How-to for Derby
For those of us not able to make the trek to Bluegrass State for this year’s race, we’ve created a tablescape that is a shoe-in for the winner’s circle. Simple, tasteful and oh-so derby! And for those of you prepping to sip on a signature Mint Julep—we’ve got quite the recipe for you.
What could be more appropriate than a horsehead bottle opener? This is our anchor piece for the table spread. Classy enough for a distinguished derby crowd, we built off of its shiny silver finish with the rest of our setting.
A must-have for race-watchers is the Mint Julep. We used our tea infuser to hold the mint leaves for easy clean up and because, well, it just looks really cool!
The silver layering continues with different pieces from our bar collection, all pulled together for a proper, yet eclectic setting. We even used one of our julep cups as a vase to display the official flower of the Kentucky Derby (red roses, since 1904).
Fingerfoods and other bar delicacies are within reach so guests can graze and create their own libations without bugging the host. Peanuts or crumpets, both look just as fancy in this exquisite setting so take it easy and use every day snacks to feed the masses.
Here’s another tip that will add a notch to your saddle: our favorite mint julep recipe.
Don’t forget to use Early Times in your Mint Juleps as the “official drink” of the Kentucky Derby!