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Derby Day

Image from Camille Styles

It is time to dust off those julep cups and break out the silver. The equestrian season of polo matches, eventing and the Kentucky Derby are fast approaching. These events not only signify Spring but also give ladies a chance to buy a pretty spring outfit and hat. The gents can join in with some preppy attire and seersucker to ring in the season. These sporting events are a tradition and not only on the south.

Stylish outdoor entertaining and tailgating is as much of the event or more. I have some ideas and items to take your Derby party from meek to chic in a flash.

Cocktail Case

Have cocktails that will travel. This sleek set suitcase style set is Picnic Time Manhattan Burgundy Cocktail Case a must for not only the horsey set. Premake your cocktails in a pitcher for quick sharing.

Picnic Tools

I consider cheese to be a main food group for any event. The Picnic Time Leaf Bamboo Cheese Board Set With Tools is versatile and fun with the clever storage of the tools below.

Picnic Basket

The Piccadilly Willow Wicker Picnic Basket is posh and perfection for any outdoor celebration. Just throw in the wine and brie and you are all set.

Silver Wine Cooler

Do not forget the flowers or a centerpiece. The Arthur Court Horse Polished Silver Wine Cooler is both a centerpiece and functional. It can keep your champagne cool while you cheer the horse around the track.

Beverage Cooler

Be sure to bring along the bubbly, beer that is, with the clever Six-Porter Black Insulated Beverage Cooler. Remember to have many cocktail options, including non-alcoholic.

Picnic Cooler

This trolley Excursion Burgundy Insulated Picnic Cooler has all the bells and whistles and more for any outdoor celebration with pockets and pouches galore. The wheels will help get the party moving.

Bread Tray

Never neglect your presentation. Arthur Court Horse Bread Tray is a beauty for your crudités.

Picnic Basket

The Highlander Red Tartan Picnic Basket is high brow for sure. The tartan lining gives a nod to Scotland and the races of yore.

Wine Glasses

Do not let a broken wine glass break up your soiree. The Set Of 4 Osteria Bordeaux Wine Glasses in durable virtually unbreakable, polycarbonate glassware is ideal for home or bar use. These are perfect for when the party goes into the wee hours.

Bistro Set

The Tea Time 3-Piece Natural Folding Outdoor Bistro Set is a little gem that can be unfolded out of your trunk to serve as a dinner or serving table for your tailgating event.

Do not forget the Mint Juleps which are the gold standard for all equestrian sporting events.

Mint Julep

Recipe & Image from Mom 4 Real

So, even if you are not going to be betting at Churchill Downs this year, you can stir up a Mint Julep in style.

Image: Camille Styles,  Mom 4 Real

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  • April 19, 2014

    Great post. I like the tips and photos.

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