Day before

Happy Oaks Day! (a brief history and intro. to the Oaks for those unfamiliar)

This morning we had our annual pancake breakfast at work and couldn’t go without some Woodford… in our syrup, in our whipped cream, in a plastic solo cup :)  It’s been a full week of Derby preparing here in its home city but it’s not over yet so we’re giving you a few links to inspire your last-minute party preparations and keep you in the holiday spirit.

A photo guide of  this year’s lineup

Some advice for the Gentlemen

Martha’s recipe for a mint julep

Not a drinker? Put it in a cupcake

The lesser-known “official drink of the Oaks” – Lily

A Derby-themed ladies brunch

Celebrities at the Derby

And who’s attending the biggest party in town tonight?

Photos: who was there in years past

The cake this year:The $2,500 concoction is flavored with a $200 bottle of Kentucky’s finest bourbon and wrapped in real 23-karat edible gold.”

If you’re looking for a more up-close viewing you can buy your $895 tickets here (or try and sneak in like i’ve known many to do.  let me know how that goes)

Just look at those hats

An adorable Derby-themed birthday party

Paula Deen’s version of Derby pie

Love the julep cup. Perfect to use for flowers or pens and pencils or just more mint julep after!

Last-minute decorating for your party tomorrow? Love this sweet vignette

Entertaining dreams of visiting this horse town for next year’s race, or any other non-Derby day? Check out Design Sponge’s profile highlighting just a few of the gems.

Downs photos via my iphone after a Wednesday spent in Millionares Row

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