Classic Mint Julep Recipe to Serve at Your Kentucky Derby Party
A few years back we turned on the Today Show to see the smiling face of Al Roker standing at Churchill Downs learning how to make a classic mint julep from Fred Noe, a seventh-generation distiller for Jim Beam. We think this might still be the best Mint Julep Recipe out there and we must admit, since then, we have spent many, many hours testing lots of other recipes. 🙂
.Here is the Mint Julep Recipe as seen on the Today Show:
- 1 part simple syrup
- 2 parts Bourbon
- Add crushed ice
- The most important part is the mint – first spank the mint and then add it to the mint julep cups
- Top your mint julep off with more crushed ice
- Hint (not on the video): An extra-nice touch is to trim straws so they just slightly stick out of the cup. Hence, when guests sip from the short straws, their noses will be close to the refreshing mint garnish.
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Football Party Food & Drink Ideas >> Football Party Pick Candles | Football Player Cake Decorations | Football Pizza | Football Cake Pan | Deviled Eggs | Football Party Picks | NFL Sippy Cups | Pigs in a Blanket Maker | Playful Football Wedding Couple Cake Topper | Chocolate Covered Football Strawberries | Citrus Green Stripes Paper Straws | Helmet Cake Pan
From football theme cupcake picks to helmet and football shaped cake pans and decoration kits there are plenty of goodies to make your cookies, candies, and cakes and to serve them all in festive football style! We also love the NFL team sippy cups for your little one. And what football fanatic wouldn't want a playful football wedding couple cake topper 🙂
A football viewing party is the perfect time to go retro with your menu. Serve homemade pigs in a blanket and football style deviled eggs – the key to great deviled eggs is adding Dijon mustard. Arrange the pepperonis on your pizza in the shape of a football. Also anything served in a football theme container doubles as both food and decor for your party. Continue Reading →
What is better than attending the perfect Valentine's Day Party? How about being the effortlessly adorable host everyone is envious of!
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Polka dots, Polka dots everywhere! Polka dots are definitely in style! From polka dot invitations to retro polka dot straws to polka dot party decorations to polka dot apparel. Use dots as the main theme for your next celebration or just incorporate a few here and there for a stylish pop of color and party pizazz. We like polka dots for birthday parties, bridal and baby showers, Bat Mitzvah and Sweet Sixteen/ Quinceanera celebrations, ladies night out gatherings, and even retirement parties since they add a splash of youthfulness sometimes needed as co-workers enter a new phase of life.
Every time we look at this page all we think is so, so cute!!!!!
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We told you we were obsessed! We love Minted’s new inspiration board builder and are going crazy creating boards. Our latest board features three of Minted's chalkboard theme holiday cards and coordinating postage, adorable chalkboard chic labeled mason jars and retro paper straws for Santa's treat, and chalkboard frosted-glass tea light holdersto use as party favors, place cards, and to add sparkle to your holiday table. More Chalkboard Chic Party Ideas
If you too enjoy creating boards like this we would love to partner with you by offering to host your Minted Inspiration Board Challenge entry right here on PartyIdeaPros.com.
So here’s how Minted's contest works:
Find your favorite Minted holiday card or Christmas card.
Click the green plus sign to start your Inspiration Board. Now double click the image you just added to edit your board. To upload more images and style your Board there is an easy to use interface running just above the board itself..
Embed your Inspiration Board on your own website or blog (Pinterest or Facebook do not qualify) by clicking to retrieve your code or we will be happy to host your inspiration board as a guest blogger on PartyIdeaPros.com if you send us the code.
To enter the contest, submit the link to your website or blog where you embedded your Inspiration Board. If we host your board, we will email you the link so you can submit it to enter the contest.
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It is not too late to still plan an Election Night Party. Four years ago, we failed to plan ahead but when we got to the polls we ran into friends and invited them over to watch the election results and to enjoy a spur of the moment dinner together. An evening of fabulous food it was not but we had the best time despite being on opposite sides of the political spectrum.
This year we are planning ahead – even sending out formal invitations. We haven't yet decided what to serve but we are definitely serving drinks in ball mason jars with red & white stripe retro paper straws and will without a doubt be once again be pulling out our clear glass plates to create fabulous custom election partyware with my memories suite (be sure to use code STMMMS76583 to get $10.00 off the purchase price!). Email us for detailed How2 instructions.
Retro Paper straws are all the rage. They not only add a fun vibe to your table decor, they add color and a dash of whimsy. As you can see we have featured them individually displayed in mason jars in our patriotic theme parties. Sometimes we even add an antenna ball on top. For my own son's Bar Mitzvah we topped MLB antenna balls on coordinating straws and used them as place cards at the entrance to party. Just yesterday, my sister threw a handful of striped paper straws in a paper cup – just the right touch for her Labor Day barbecue.
Both Swoozies and Amazon has a nice collection of retro paper straws. Consider using the pink and blue polka dot straws for your next baby shower. We love the mini bat straws and orange and black stripe straws for Halloween parties. The red and green stripe straws are a must have for your cookie baking holiday parties. The yellow stars straws would be an adorable adder to a Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party. And we believe the yellow & grey stripe straws are elegant enough to use at a chic, vintage chalkboard chic wedding reception. Another idea — choose your sorority colors for your next house party.
One more idea for children's birthday parties … choose a variety of straws and cut them into 1 – 2 inch strips. Now string them together to create cute paper necklaces. The leftovers can be used for every day, at lunch and dinnertime.