|That cool, refreshing drink!|
|Under the Big Top|
We used burlap to dress up our various garage sale tables enough for a yard party. And for a makeshift bar, we stapled some burlap onto a big piece of scrap plywood and put it on top of some very old sawhorses that have been in the shed since we moved in (11 years ago) to make our bar.
The prizes were Mint Julep cups from Walmart with mini bottles of bourbon. We had hoped to get mini bottles of Woodford Reserve but they don't make them that small. There were prizes for the top 3 Win-Place-Show bettors, Luck of the Draw and Best Hat.
Here's the recycled banner and the garage sale running horses...
Here's a portion of the table with the upcycled tablecloth that I made with a couple of large Amazon gift bags and some duct tape.
|No longer with us is the big bottle of Woodford Reserve (plus another smaller bottle) and part of the Maker's Mark...|
We also had:
- Mustard Potato Salad with dill pickles and green olives like my Nanny used to make
- Black Eyed Pea and Jalapeno Salad
- Ham Stuffed Biscuits with Mustard Butter (how have I lived this long without mustard butter?)
- Derby Pie Bars
- Mint Julep Cookies
- Watermelon chunks
- Veggie Tray
- Funyuns & French Onion Dip (my go-to road trip snack)
- Cheese popcorn
Note: I didn't make biscuits from scratch this year, but I did add the mustard butter to go with and I think that made up for my laziness. I also have a new favorite condiment for sandwiches. The recipe I used consisted of softened butter, minced red onion and spicy brown mustard. I DO declare!
|Mint Julep Cookies|
|Derby Pie Bars|
|Mint Julep Cupcakes|
...then grab some nosh and pick their Win-Place-Show choices and/or just draw a horse from the hat.
A friend of mine brought us some 14 Hands Red Blend wine, Woodford Reserve bourbon and these really cool coasters that her daughter made to commemorate the event. Love that she got into the race and the party!
The horse and jockey silks yard art were strategically placed around the yard to add pops of color and derby here and there.
And soon it was time for the "The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports".
Next year we might up the ante for hats and bow ties just to get more participation. Some of our regulars - 4 bow tie wearers and 3 hat wearers - were really missed this year! This party was one for the books anyway, and I hope it continues to grow!