We jumped at the chance to do a Kentucky Derby party and this year it just happened to land on our friend Kerry's Birthday. We recreated the scene at Churchill Downs by making a scene of festive hats watching the horses race to the finish line. The hats are made from rice krispie treats that were dipped in chocolate and then decorated with chocolate ribbons, flowers, and polka dots. The chocolate horse lollipops were made from filling molds with milk and white chocolate. For the winner's circle we made a chocolate cake topped with butercream frosting and decorated with fondant roses and gold candles.
For the guests we thought, "what would be a Kentucky Derby without hats!" We purchased inexpensive hats and decorated them with feathers, flowers, and ribbon. Once everyone was dressed up with their hats, they were on their way to get a mint julep. These traditional julep cups were the perfect way to bring the whole party together.
Happy Birthday Kerry! And congrats to the winning horse!