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The Pageantry…

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Today was the Preakness in Baltimore, California Chrome won the second leg of the triple crowd and I reminisced about the first major horse race of the year – the Kentucky Derby! A fellow Southern friend (and co-worker) in Madison threw a Kentucky Derby party at her apartment complex and to quote my BF, I went a little “overboard”.

I was in charge of food and did my research to prepare some Derby classics!

Pimento Cheese, Benedictine Dip, Pulled Bourbon Chicken and Conrbread Crostini

Pimento Cheese, Benedictine Dip with veggies, Pulled Bourbon Chicken and Conrbread Crostini

Pimento cheese is one of my favorites but I don’t really follow a recipe when making it. I use a good cheddar cheese (about 8 oz.), about 3 oz. of pimentos from a jar, a light bit of light mayo to mix to the right consistency. Then add a few dashes of worcestershire sauce, a sprinkle of garlic salt and cayenne pepper to taste and mix together thoroughly. Refrigerate for a few hours before serving, or overnight if possible. I like to serve it with celery, carrots or crackers. It’s delicious!

Kentucky Derby Day isn’t complete without a great hat and this year I made my own fascinator! I used a tutorial from Polka Dot Chair with a few adjustments. You’ll need tissue paper, netting, wire or a pipe cleaner, a fake flower and a headband along with scissors and a glue gun.

Start with your own color combination of tissue paper, 5-8 pieces (20×20 makes a good, but still oversized flower for a fascinator).

Step 1: 5-8 pieces of tissue paper

Lay flat 5-8 pieces of tissue paper

Fold the tissue paper like an accordion and bind in the middle with wire or pipe cleaner.

Pipe cleaner can match your colors, or not. Wire will work too.

Pipe cleaner can match your colors, or not. Wire will work too.

Next, use scissors to round off the edges of the tissues paper to form the end of the petals.

Round the edges however you'd like your petals to look.

Round the edges however you’d like your petals to look.

Then fluff up the tissue paper layers one at a time, starting with the layer that you want at the middle of your flower.

Fold the tissue paper up and pull the edges of the paper towards each other.

Fold the tissue paper in towards the center and pull the edges of the paper into each other.

Next insert your fake flower through the middle of the tissue paper flower. Leave 4-6 inches of the wire on the flower steam to attach to the headband.

You can cut off the petals from your fake flower, or leave them on.

You can cut off the petals from your fake flower, or leave them on.

Attach the netting to the headband with a second pipe cleaner or wire and then twist the wire from the flower around the same spot on the headband. It’s best to attach the netting and tissue paper off-center.

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Fluff up the tissue paper and adjust the netting so it peaks out beneath the tissue paper flower.

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In this case I left the petals on the fake flower.

Then ta-da, you have your fascinator. Pair with a fun sundress and enjoy your Derby Day!

Live it up!

Live it up!

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