Mamas, are you ready?  This year Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby fall on the same day, which means the fiesta will be in full swing!  We’ve got some fun party inspo as well as two amazing cocktail recipes from The Cup Bearer.  And with our goal always being to save you time, we’ve given you the instructions and measurements for batched pitchers!  Now get that party started!

Cocktails courtesy of The Cup Bearer

Mint Julep

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 bunches mint, ends trimmed
  • 2 1/2 cups bourbon

DIRECTIONS
(10 Servings)
Combine sugar and 2 cups water in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat.  Remove from the heat and submerge 3 bunches of mint.  Let stand at least 1 hour.  Strain.

Stir together the mint syrup and bourbon in a pitcher.

Pour 4 ounces of cocktail over plenty of crushed ice; garnish with a mint sprig and serve with a straw.

Paloma

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups tequila
  • 2/3 cups mezcal
  • 2 2/3 cups grapefruit juice
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tbs agave nectar (Or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 7 oz Q-Grapefruit tonic

INSTRUCTIONS
(12 Servings)
In a large pitcher, stir together the liquor, grapefruit juice, lime juice, water, and agave.  Serve over crushed ice, top with Q-Grapefruit.  Garnish with salted rim and something beautiful.

If there is one thing Cinco de Derby calls for it is bright and festive flowers!  We love the inclusion of succulents via hostess with the mostess and an adorable rose wreath via design improvised.  Add even more color with a table runner and some papel picado banners.   Need some knockout custom arrangements?  Try Bliss Fine Florals in Newport Beach.

If you’re looking for cute signage, hostess with the mostess has put together some adorable freebies.

We absolutely love this piñata cookie recipe via she knows and your guests will too.  Looking for someone else to do the baking?   Head over to Susie Cakes to snag a few churro cupcakes, or French’s Cupcake Bakery for a festive and colorful cake.

What to wear?  Think embroidery, bright colors, lace and floral prints!  Some looks we’re loving. This embroidered strapless lace dress, this lace sheath dress or this embroidered tassel trim dress.  Or run over to the nearest Anthropologie for a quick pick sure to please!

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