How to Get into the Derby Mood

If you live in Louisville or have spent time there during the first week of May, you know that the Kentucky Derby is more than just a sporting event. It's a bona fide holiday, and celebrations rival those of Christmas and the Fourth of July. Kids are out of school on Friday before the race, and everyone is getting Derby-ready the better part of April and early May. People are celebrating at concerts on the waterfront, running the Derby mini-marathon, chowing down at the Chow Wagon (which still confuses me, what is a chow wagon??), or just participating in a number of other festival events

Photo circa 2015, when we were in better shape and sporting coordinating headbands at the Kentucky Derby Mini-Marathon. 

Photo circa 2015, when we were in better shape and sporting coordinating headbands at the Kentucky Derby Mini-Marathon. 

For those of us living outside of Louisville, it takes a bit more creativity to celebrate Derby week. Here's my plan for making the most of the next few pre-Derby days!!

1. Pick up some Kentucky Derby-themed snacks!

 
 

I stopped at Thornton's while running errands to grab a quick pick-me-up, and the bourbon vanilla latte did just the trick! They also had bourbon ball donuts and Johnsonville bourbon BBQ sausages, which would be festive treats to pick up if you're driving out and about this weekend! They'll have these offerings for the month of May.

2. Use Kentucky and equestrian-themed drinkware and dishes.

3. Pick up some red roses for the kitchen counter. Read more about the history of the garland of roses here!

 
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4. Have fun outfit planning for the weekend festivities! Check out our top picks!

Cheers to Derby Week! How are you celebrating?