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Lisa Beth Miller is the Entertaining & Weddings Editor for Miss A. She has been involved in the wedding industry for several years. Lisa is a bridal consultant and director of marketing and public relations for Blush Bridal Boutique and an event designer at Main Street Weddings, both local wedding businesses. In this capacity, Lisa writes the blog, website copy, and promotional materials for these businesses and assists with event planning. She was formerly a bridal consultant and did marketing and public relations work for A Formal Affair Bridal and Formalwear Boutique and was the creator of their Bridal University workshops. Additionally, Lisa teaches English, journalism, and photojournalism classes at Liberty High School in Bealeton, Virginia. She advises the school's award-winning publications, Talon yearbook and Patriot Press newspaper. As junior class sponsor, she also assists in planning Liberty's prom. Lisa has written several published articles. These include an article about advising student publications for Accents (Southern Interscholastic Press Association’s journal),an article about the royal wedding for Northern Virginia Magazine, an article about local proms for Warrenton Lifestyle magazine, and four stories about wedding planning and wedding fashion for the 2012 Northern Virginia Bridal Guide. Lisa holds an undergraduate degree in English and journalism education from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and a graduate degree in education and library science from Longwood University.

Throw A Kentucky Derby Watch Party

It’s the first leg of the Triple Crown and a great cause for a celebration: the Kentucky Derby!

This is the perfect excuse to gather your friends and enjoy the race without the hefty price of actually attending the derby. Lolita Healy, a nationally known Celebrations Expert and the Founder of Designs By Lolita, offers some simple tips to celebrate the “Run for the Roses” with an Impromptu Derby Watch Party.

Photo Credit: dailycandy.com.

Décor: Roses and Horseshoes!

  • Roses are the classic option. Don’t want to splurge on the real thing? Paper or red tulle roses will work just as well—the kids can help out with making these. Horseshoes are ideal for some added charm. If you don’t want to go the roses route, any spring flower will do (tulips, daisies—whatever your favorite is!)
  • Silverware wrapped in linen napkins and tied with a ribbon lends a touch of elegance.

The Menu: It’s All About the Bourbon, Baby!

  • No Derby Party is complete without the classic signature drink—the Mint Julep, served in silver cups or your favorite stemware. A nice Sauvignon Blanc and some high-end beers, such as Sam Adams Pale, are great alternatives.
  • Serve Bourbon-inspired recipes such as:
    • Bourbon Glazed Chicken Wings
    • Mini Bourbon Glazes Ham Biscuits
    • Kentucky Hot Browns
    • Mini Derby Pies
  • Shrimp cocktail also makes an easy appetizer

    Photo Credit: kentuckyderby.com.

Other Easy, Elegant Tips:

  • Again, this can be totally impromptu, so don’t worry if you don’t have time for fancy invites—just call up your friends and family and invite them to your garden soiree. Chances are, they were going to watch the race anyway. Start the event about an hour before post time, and let it run at least an hour after the race is over. Make sure you have a large TV handy.
  • In true Kentucky Derby fashion, have a crazy hat contest! Cards for people to place their bets, fun cocktail napkins around the bar and party favors complete the list.

Now that you have your Mint Julep in hand, derby pies in the oven and bets placed, you are ready for some Derby fun!

About Lolita Healy – Celebrations Expert

Lolita Healy is a nationally known celebrations expert offering tips and advice on everyday celebrations.  It all started with a girls’ night out, and since then Lolita has identified moments large and small that call for celebration — graduation day, bachelorette parties, weddings, divorces, milestone birthdays and even shopping!  Lolita has appeared on Today, Good Morning America, MSNBC’s Your Business, CNBC’s How I Made My Millions and several regional broadcast outlets. She and her products have also been featured in a variety of publications and websites including Woman’s World, Working Mother, More.com, SheKnows, Betty Confidential, Examiner.com and Galtime.com.

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