Party Panache, Kentucky Derby Ideas

Do you watch the Kentucky Derby, usually on the first Saturday in May?

Last year it was moved from May to Labor Day

and we had a lot of Derby Day fun at our Delayed Derby Party

This year it’s May 1, a mere 2 weeks away

I’m not sure if we are going to have a gathering

due to the boys’ hectic baseball and soccer schedule…

but, here are potential food ideas~

Whether you’re having a gathering or it’s just one or two,

Make it fun!

Wear a fancy hat and much on Southern favorites

Pimiento cheese, pecans, ham, chicken, biscuits…

and instead of a sit down meal

I like to serve appetizers so everyone can mix, mingle and graze

Ham & Cheese Biscuit Volcanoes

Maple Bourbon Bacon Jam & Pimiento Cheese Crostini with Praline Pecans

Hissy Fit Dip

Loaded Bourbon Bleu Cheese Stuffed Potato Skins

Brown Sugar Bacon Chicken Bundles

Strawberry, Pecan and Pimiento Cheese Ring

Dixie Mac & Cheese Poppers

Zucchini Parmesan Ribbons

BBQ Pork Cupcakes with Coleslaw Icing and Crispy Onions

Sweet Home Alabama Pecan Cake

Pecan Pie Danish

Kentucky Derby Pecan Delights

Mint Cookies & Cream Dessert in a Jar

Here are the horses names for 2021~

which one catches your eye?

I always pick the winner, not by the odds, but by the name

This year there are so many that I like…

Highly Motivated, Soup and Sandwich ~

and watch out for the one rated last


I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

 Sundays on Silverado  Love Your Creativity  Over the Moon

Between Naps on the Porch,  Celebrate Your Story,

All About Home/ Common Ground Follow the Yellow Brick Home

 Tasty Tuesday   Oh My Heartsie Girl Turn About Tuesday 

 Full Plate Thursday  Centerpiece Wednesday  Creatively Crafty

Thursday Favorite Things    Friday with Friends

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24 Responses to “Party Panache, Kentucky Derby Ideas”
  1. BERNADETTE says:

    What fun is this post. Such a brilliant collection of recipes. How far ahead do you start to make all these inviting appetizers?

  2. Jenna, I laughed about the hissy fit dip. We Southern ladies occasionally have one of those hissy fits. All of the food looks amazing. Soup and Sandwich intrigued me, wonder how they think up these names for horses. Happy Sunday!

  3. Martha says:

    Fun! Great recipe suggestions, thanks for sharing. I’m going to go for Rock Your World or Hidden Stash, of course I love Soup and Sandwich too!

  4. What a great collection of party food! So much better than the sport programs :-)) I am drooling over that Pecan Delight!

  5. Julie says:

    This is a great round up of food to serve for a Kentucky Derby party Jenna. I love the name soup and sandwich. Have a nice week Jenna.

  6. thefrenchhutch says:

    Oh I would love all of these delicious food ideas Jenna! I always enjoy watching the Derby, the hats and I love all the names as well. I am going to take your suggestion, pull out one of my hats and prepare some to these tasty dishes! Thanks for the fun idea………

  7. Nancy says:

    Great ideas! We usually have a gathering… so who knows… we may have some of these treats!
    Soup and Sandwich is too darn cute! Happy Sunday to you. Thanks for the ideas.

  8. Shelia says:

    Love all these recipes! As to horses, i would have to pick Hot Rod Charlie–describes my husband. When he was younger, before we met, he actually raced in some small official races. The man loved speed. When he started work in an engine shop he dropped the fastest motor alive into his older red Chevy truck. He became famous (infamous?) as an old geezer who could really move. Never underestimate older folks, they can surprise you! So, I’m betting on H. R. Charlie!!! Watching the horses run and enjoying a bit of your Sweet Home Alabama Butter Pecan Coffeecake sounds perfect. Georgia Gal

    • Ha, I liked Hot Rod Charlie too, my husband wasn’t a speed demon, but he always had a very cool sports car convertible to zip around in. I am going to make the Pecan cake for sure, it’s one of my favorites, thanks Georgia Gal!

  9. Cyndi Raines says:

    What a great round up of delishousness! Anything with pecans calls to me and cheese too, hehe. I like the name, “Like the King”. Always a very exciting 2 minutes! May the best horse win! 🌹

  10. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, such yummy looking dishes! My youngest has a birthday close to the Derby. I may just have to have a Kentucky Derby party for him. You have given me some wonderful ideas for food. Happy Sunday!

  11. The derby doesn’t move me either way but every single one of these would move me to the buffet table. Of course, I might never leave it once there!

  12. Pattie says:

    I have never once watched the Kentucky derby. Consequently, I know nothing about horse races. Years ago my husband took me to some well-known race track when we were visiting his family in New Jersey. Just for fun I bet on a couple of horses. We sat down, the first race started, and I couldn’t believe how quickly it was over. That’s it? I asked him. I thought they would just keep running, you know, encircling the track a couple of times. LOL! That was quite an education for me. But I don’t need a derby to make any of the above recipes. Those volcanoes look wonderful. In fact, everything looks delicious

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