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Celebrate the Kentucky Derby in Style

Photography by William Dickey
Styling by Adrienne A. Williams

With the Kentucky Derby just around the corner, a celebration with class, polish, and a little healthy competition is in order. No need to make this an adults-only affair, either. There’s plenty for young ones to get excited about, especially when our delectable Kentucky Derby Pie Bars are served. We let Churchill Downs and America’s greatest race inspire a special boy’s baby shower. But many of the ideas—such as silver cup trophy decorations and bow-tie floral accents—can translate to the Derby Day celebration of your choice. Red roses and blue-and-white décor throughout make the party fit for a champion. Add the delicious recipes, and we’re betting your Kentucky Derby festivities are sure to win.

With the final stretch in sight, this get-together gives the Run for the Roses a run for its money—and cuteness wins by a mile. Order a cake dressed in racing silks and accented with the Derby’s trademark blooms. Create a horseshoe door hanger in little-boy blue—with ends up so the luck won’t run out—and dress up vases of flowers with jockeys’ signature bow ties.

Classic accents like monogrammed silver julep cups are the perfect nod to Louisville’s particular brand of Southern hospitality. Whether serving lemonade or Mint Juleps, they are the perfect way to dress up your selection of refreshments.

Cucumber Dip
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  1. 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  2. 1 (16-ounce) container sour cream
  3. 3 English cucumbers, grated and squeezed dry
  4. ¼ cup chopped fresh dill
  5. 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  6. 1 ¼ teaspoons seasoned salt
  7. 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  8. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  9. Garnish: fresh dill sprig
  1. In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add sour cream, cucumber, dill, lemon juice, seasoned salt, hot sauce, and garlic powder, beating to combine well. Cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve. Garnish with fresh dill sprig, if desired. Serve with crackers or lavosh.
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Kentucky Derby Pie Bars
Serves 24
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  1. 3 cups graham-cracker crumbs
  2. ½ cup butter, melted
  3. ½ cup sugar
  4. 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
  1. 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  2. ½ cup light corn syrup
  3. ½ cup dark corn syrup
  4. ¼ cup butter, melted
  5. 3 large eggs
  6. 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  7. ¼ teaspoon salt
  8. 2 cups chopped pecans
  9. 1 (12-ounce) bag mini semisweet chocolate morsels
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Line a 13x9-inch baking pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Spray foil with nonstick baking spray with flour.
  3. In a medium bowl combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, sugar, and egg white, stirring until well combined. Press crumb mixture into the bottom of prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes; let cool completely.
  4. In a large bowl, combine brown sugar and corn syrups. Add melted butter, eggs, vanilla, and salt, whisking until well combined. Stir in pecans and chocolate morsels; spoon mixture over prepared crust. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until middle is set.
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