Last year watching the Kentucky Derby during Covid, I realized how much I love watching and yelling for the horse that I think looks the prettiest. I realize that that is not how to pick the winning horse, but since I’m not betting money, I just pick out the pretty one. Well, after the race was over, I told Randy I wanted to give a party for the 2021 Derby and of course, he nodded and said, “whatever makes you happy.” He always says that when he wants me to be quiet so he can watch a TV show, just so I won’t pester him. Well, this year, we are finally in a house again (rather than being homeless living out of our car like we did for 6 months in 2019 traveling around before moving back to Dallas to live in a condo which cured me from ever wanting to live in a condo EVER again!!!!. So here we are back in Frisco and baking up a storm for a party on Saturday. Since our friends are all pretty much Baptists, I knew we wouldn’t be betting money so I came up with a solution. Of course, betting always makes it more fun when a race is going on so I came up with the idea that we will bet something besides money. I don’t want to give it away since many who will be here read the blog and I want it to be a surprise. After Saturday I will share the idea so next year if you are so inclined to party down for the Kentucky Derby, you can steal this idea if you like. I think it will be fun to do and also next year (provided we still have friends left after this years party) I am going to add a scavenger hunt to do before the party. That will be taking selfies with things that have to do with a Horse Race. For the menu, we decided on having lots of finger foods since we don’t have room at the table for everyone. Am having appetizers of smoked gouda dip with crostini bread from Eatzi’s and crackers with other dips. The appetizers will be served while friends are arriving and is placing their bets so after the race (which is at 5:57 p.m. this year) we will have the dinner. Thought I would share what we are having in case any of the items look appealing to you for a party. I went on-line to see what foods are appropriate for a KDP and this is what I choose:
Sliders (made with chopped beef)
Finger sandwiches comprised of ham, turkey and cucumber-dill
celery stuffed with pimento cheese
Kentucky Derby Pecan Pie (which is basically a pecan pie with chocolate chips)
Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes
Lemonade, Tea, Sodas, Non alcoholic Mint Julips (yes you can tell this is a Baptist Party)
Will post the results of the “bets” and let you know how it went. Also this is a great way to get to know your neighbors. Any excuse for a party, right?