I’m off to the races at the table, in anticipation of the “Greatest Two Minutes in Sports” with the running of the Kentucky Derby this Saturday.
A table inspired by the “Run for the Roses”, with both plaid and roses married in Lauren Skylar Floral plates and served with floral flatware.
The unbridled spirit of 14 Hands wine is chilling in celebration.
Napkins are dressed in their Derby finery. . .
With silver napkin rings and pearl-trimmed napkins, topped with a sheer metallic overlay.
Mint Julep Cups are serving as vases filled with azalea blooms and sprigs of mint.
And a burlap tablecloth provides a foundation and texture in contrast to the sparkling surfaces of the crystal and silver.
A leather handled wine chiller provides a centerpiece and vase for the table with azalea and snowball viburnum blooms.
Help yourself to a Sweet Tea Julep, a marriage of two classic Southern drinks, the mint julep and sweet tea!
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
1 lemon, sliced
2 tablespoons sugar
3 cups cold sweetened tea
1 cup bourbon
Muddle cut or torn mint leaves with sugar in a 2-qt. pitcher with back of spoon to release flavors. Stir in tea and bourbon and add lemon slices. Serve over crushed ice. Garnish, if desired.
Sweet Tea Julep
- ½ cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
- 1 lemon sliced
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 3 cups cold sweetened tea
- 1 cup bourbon
- Crushed ice
- Garnish: fresh mint sprigs
- Muddle cut or torn mint leaves with sugar in a 2-qt. pitcher with back of spoon to release flavors.
- Stir in tea and bourbon and add lemon slices. Serve over crushed ice. Garnish, if desired.
For a sweet ending, Mini Derby Pies, a Bluegrass-inspired recipe and just the right size for the “Greatest Two Minutes in Sports”.
Baked in a muffin tin, these Mini Pies are a winning trifecta of pecan pie, chocolate and a touch of Kentucky Bourbon!
Top your Mini Derby Pies with Easy Bourbon Whipped Cream, ready in 20 seconds!
You can find the recipe for Mini Derby Pies with Bourbon Whipped Cream, HERE.
Off To The Races Table Details:
Burlap Tablecloth / Couleur Nature, Amazon
Dishes /Lauren Skylar Floral, HomeGoods, several years ago, used here
Stemware / Mikasa Barmaster’s Wine Glasses
Crystal Beverage Glass/ unknown
Silver & Chargers/ HomeGoods
Napkins/ Pier 1, several years ago
Mint Julep Cups / Towle
Napkin Rings / Pottery Barn, several years ago
Horse bust / Hobby Lobby
Wine Chiller / retail days