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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Rent The Runway Unlimited
We asked, Izzy, our very own fashionista to try out the latest and greatest from Rent The Runway >> their Unlimited days option. Just to back up a bit, Izzy has used Rent the Runway to wear high end designer label clothes to special occasions off and on over the past few years. She has tended to use them for what she would call one-time dresses. These are dresses that stand out so much she would most likely not recycle them for another event. For example, she once rented the Herve Lager Citrus Flamingo Dress to wear to a Vegas style theme party. There is no way she would ever consider purchasing a curve hugging bandage dress for $1450 retail but for $40.00 it was the perfect 1x wear dress for that event. Similarly she has rented dresses to wear to luau themed cocktail parties, New Year's Eve, and holiday parties. She even considered renting the Moschino Think Pink cropped sweater and matching bag to create a Barbie look for Halloween one year. But now that Izzy works for a renowned fashion house, she needs to look professional, yet on trend, each and every day. So she decided to give Rent the Runway's Unlimited Days a try and she loves it! It is so much fun having new clothes appear at her doorstep. She tends to wear each of the three outfits once or twice and then sends them back for new options. Izzy's only issue is finding the time to select the new outfits. Not a bad problem to have. (In full disclosure – neither Izzy nor PartyIdeaPros received any discount or compensation for using Rent the Runway Unlimited. The fact is we did not even receive our usual referral commission because we wanted to keep this experiment and subsequent review as impartial and fair as possible. Having said that, if you do end up purchasing something from our RTR link, we should receive a small percentage of the sale. We promise – you will not pay any more.) Continue Reading →
We are not great dancers and have been known to not think twice if we miss an episode or three of Dancing with the Stars but everyone will smile at and be inspired by this fun Mother-Son Wedding dance. It is even being billed as the “The Best Mother-Son Dance We've Ever Seen” with almost 2.5 million YouTube views and was featured on Today Show this morning (5.15.14). Be patient – at first the dance looks a bit nondescript and then both mom and son break out the moves!
My 16 year old niece, Dani, is a huge One Dimension Fan so whenever I get a chance I try to catch the boy band on TV. So this morning I tuned into the Today Show special to watch Harry, Louis, Zayn, Niall, and Liam perform in front of 18,000 screaming fans packed into the Today Show Plaza and down the adjacent NYC streets. Timed to perfection with their new movie One Direction: This is Us set to be released in the United Sates on August 30th, #1DLove shows no signs of waning.
Although there is not a huge selection of One Direction party supplies available there is definitely enough to elicit plenty of giggles from a gaggle of tweens. There are party kits, party favors, t-shirts (perfect to use as One Direction slumber party jammys) and posters and standups for decoration. And to top it all off, there is even an iPhone case, charm bracelet and 2014 calendar that would make great gifts for the birthday gal.
As with most mornings, I was awakened by the blaring sounds of the Today Show as my husband worked out on the elliptical. But this morning, when I opened my eyes I saw a lovely display of a handful of Tiny Prints autumn inspired invitations and stationery. I decided to jump on the computer and try to find the products featured. Not as easy a task as one would have anticipated but ultimately, I found them all plus some extras that I just had to share!
Fall is filled with so many excuses to party, even beyond Halloween and Thanksgiving. It is really a shame not to take the time to formally invite family or friends over for a lovely dinner party, an afternoon fiesta filled with football, food & fun, or a best vintage yet party to celebrate the fall harvest. And don't forget to incorporate seasonality into your showers and birthday luncheons, too..
Enjoy the weather. Enjoy the Season. Party Hearty!