I grew up with a very Southern MawMaw and a huge, party loving family, but somehow, I didn't even know about the Kentucky Derby until I was in middle school. When I was in 7th grade, I found out my boyfriend's family was having a Derby Brunch and I thought it was just the coolest thing ever. Who doesn't love a party that includes minty adult beverages and wild hats? The horses are cool and all, but I'm there for the Juleps, which means I can show you how to throw a Kentucky Derby party that will blow your friends' minds.
First things first: know the date. This year, the best two minutes in sports is on May 5, and the first race is around 10 a.m. Derby Day and subsequently, Derby parties, are an all-day affair, so you'll need plenty of supplies and even more bourbon. The basics are simple, but with a bit of tweaking, you can really throw your party over the top and you won't have to break the bank to do so. Luckily, there are also ways to incorporate all the kids you and your friends will be bringing along without it feeling like it's a "kids party." In fact, you can keep them happily occupied as you eat tea sandwiches and drink your PBR.