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Saturday, May 4, 2013

kentucky derby party 2013 ♥

So excited to watch my annual Kentucky Derby,  as some of you all know I love horses and horsebackriding..this year why not have a party at home.. here's some great ideas! ♥

First set the mood with some decorations, red roses, horse decor, and fun food and drinks and derby fashion! ♥



some traditional foods for the event,  spicy pecans.. ♥



Ingredients ♥ 

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 pound pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
Preheat oven to 225 degrees.
Using a fork beat the egg whites slightly. Pour the egg whites over the nuts and stir to coat making sure that all nuts are wet.
In another bowl, mix together the rest of the ingredients then pour over the nuts and toss well.
Bake nuts on a sprayed baking sheet for 40 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool and then store in a tightly covered container.




 cucumber sandwiches...♥

Ingredients:
a bagel. My choice was the everything "thin" bagel. Have you seen those?!
tomato
cucumber
cream cheese softened to room temp {I used an 8oz block and will use leftover for sandwiches later this week}
green onions
garlic salt to taste
salt and pepper to taste
Mix cream cheese with some diced green onions and garlic salt to taste. Spread on a toasted bagel. Layer one side with thinly sliced cucumbers enjoy!



bourbon balls ♥ .... I bought these!


and of course mint juleps

 ♥ 2 to 3 ounces bourbon, to taste
♥ 1 teaspoon sugar, to taste, dissolved in 1 teaspoon water (or use 2 tsp. simple syrup)
♥ 8 to 10 leaves fresh mint
♥ Mint sprigs, for garnish
♥ Crushed ice
Place the sugar and water at the bottom of a julep cup or tall glass and stir until sugar is dissolved (or speed the process by using simple syrup). Add the mint leaves and gently bruise with a wooden muddler or a wooden spoon. Take care not to overwork the mint, but swab the sides of the glass with the mint's aromatic oils. Half-fill the mason jar glass with crushed ice and add the bourbon, stirring to combine. Fill the julep jar glass with crushed ice and stir until the outside of the glass frosts. Add more crushed ice if needed to fill, and generously adorn the drink with sprigs of fresh mint. Serve with a short straw, so the fragrance of the mint bouquet will greet the drinker with each sip.enjoy! ♥


here is a cute diy for a derby day clutch purse ♥ ...


Supplies for your Minaudiere with Gold Horse:

  1. Sunglasses case (clam shell style)
  2. Plastic horse
  3. Black glitter
  4. Mod Podge
  5. Gold spray paint
  6. Glue

Step 1:In a well ventilated area, paint your horse with gold spray paint. Let dry.
Step 2:In a bowl mix your Mod Podge with your black glitter.
Step 3:Using a brush cover your glasses case with your glitter/mod podge mixture. Let dry.

Step 4:As you can see, once your glitter/mod podge mixture dries it will be clear. Glue your painted horse to the top of your glittered case. Let dry.
Step 5:Your minaudiere is ready for the Derby!



and a cute party favor a book of derby party entertaining! ♥


and of course derby hats ♥ ....


thanks for coming! ♥ xo xo Kira
                                                                                                     and Buttercup!



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