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Derby Party May 3, 2010

Posted by stacyb17 in Events.
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Yesterday I went to a friend’s Kentucky Derby party. All I knew going in was that it was a Derby/Surprise birthday shindig and that there was a keg. It ended up being a pretty amazing day. I think everyone should use this as the standard Derby party platform.

People were dressed up for the party. There were big hats and long skirts and guys in suits. There were also overalls and fleeces (it is still Portland after all). They had simple syrup and mint (and bourbon) for making mint juleps. I would suggest a recipe at the liquor area or pre-made mint juleps as it is really easy to use way too much simple syrup and that just makes for an uber-sweet, less-than-pleasant mint julep experience. They also had a keg of HUB IPA which was a nice bonus. Food selection included lil smokeys, deviled eggs, stuffed mushrooms, bread pudding, and cake.

There was a pool where you could bet on up to three horses in two dollar increments. Odds were listed but the winners split the money collected regardless of the odds. I’m convinced my friend Daisy is psychic because she put $14 on Super Saver. The next highest single bet, on any horse, was $6. The TV stayed off until just before the race started and then the music was turned down and we all gathered to watch the race. The party favorite was Paddy O’Prado because a friend’s father is a part owner. So it is pretty cool that he came in third.

Aside from drinking and Derby watching, my friends had a pinata. An hour or so after the Derby we strung it up on a tree in front of the house and watched people swing at it blindfolded. There was also horseshoes in the back yard. They were the plastic kind and I blame that (and not the beer and bourbon, of course) for my inability to get them anywhere near the pole.

So, take this terrific setup and add about 25 awesome people and you have a Kentucky Derby event worthy of a killer hangover. And a new annual event that I must be invited back for.

So, on to this week. Cinco de Mayo is the main event in my mind. I’ve been trying to come up with an inexpensive and somewhat authentic place with good margaritas to hit on Wednesday. If anyone has any suggestions, I would love to hear them.