I’ll never forget when Grandma & Grandpa came to visit us in Texas over the weekend of the Preakness 2005. We all studied the newspaper together to see what the odds were looking like, which horse was favored to win & which jockey had the best uniform. Then, it came time for the race. We bet a quarter on who we thought was going to Win, a dime for who we thought would Place & a nickel for who we thought would Show. It was thrilling. I love the race anyway, but the knowledge that if my horse won I’d also win cash sweetened the deal. Lol. Well, Rachael’s horse won, but that experience began a love affair with all the races that make up the Triple Crown. My sister Sarah & I actually have going to the Kentucky Derby on our Bucket List… and it’s going to happen one of these years!
Now, besides the horses, I always think of two things when I think of the Derby: Big hats & mint juleps. And going into this year, I’d never tried the latter. So, Sarah & I decided to have a party (even though it was scheduled for the day after Derby Day) and try mint juleps for the first time. If only they’d tasted good. lol. Everyone tried them & unfortunately, only Nathan & Tanner liked the taste. Guess I’ll be thinking of another use for all that mint syrup I made.
Since mint juleps didn’t really go over so well with us girls, Sarah decided to serve white wine with strawberries, a delicious alternative!
Isn’t Sarah’s dress cute? I love me some seersucker for Derby Day!
Kristina wore her Grandmother’s watch to the party & I adored it’s vintage character!
Sarah’s homemade ham biscuits were so good they get two photos. She even made her own honey dijon mustard to go with them. Yum!
Tanner with his mint julep. I wanted to like it. I really did. (On the other hand, doesn’t Tanner look the part? I loved how his outfit matched the party)
Here’s to the Triple Crown!