Cinco De Derby to MexiKentucky

Cinco De “what”?


[Photograph:Meredith Smith ]

What happens when the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo collide? You might call it Cinco de Derby or Derby de Mayo, or something far less appropriate*! Big hats, mustaches, horses, and booze are the ingredients for this holiday that only comes once every seven years. (Ok, I don’t know if that’s true, but it sounds good: Four score and seven Cinco de Derbies ago…) We’ve shown you how to throw a Kentucky Derby party and how to make a fiesta for Cinco de Mayo. As the resident Spanish speaking Kentuckian, I bring you the complete guide to Cinco de Derby!

*Derby Sanchez, and I give full credit to the brilliant Daniel Souza for coining the term. But honestly til I read this article I swore CHIPLOVERLOU coined the phrase.


A burro piñata does double duty as equine symbol and a Mexican fiesta staple.

Bringing Mexico and the Derby together is easier than you’d think. Since you have two themes to pull from, there are many more options for setting the scene. A burro piñata does double duty as equine symbol and a Mexican fiesta staple. As the Derby is alternatively known as “the run for the roses,” springing for the real thing is one option, or go with brightly colored tissue paper.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to making some:


Making these flowers is easy and doesn’t cost more than a couple packs of tissue paper and some pipe cleaners. Using 8-10 sheets of tissue cut to 10×12-inches, fold the short end (about 1-inch) accordion style. Secure the tissue at the middle with a pipe cleaner, cut the ends into pointy or round petal shapes, and then pull the tissue up toward the center. And you have this!


You can make larger pom-poms by starting with squares of paper that are 20×30-inches. They’re great for hanging from the ceiling.


What would Cinco De Derby be without a FIESTA?

Of course our menu plans involve a quick call to your locally owned Salsarita’s Fresh Mexican Grill’s catering specialist.

Hosting a smaller gathering …
Don’t worry, our Fiesta Packs have you covered.

Or for your upcoming Derby Events, ….. Throw a Fantastic Fiesta.
– Check out the TACO BAR from Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina #Louisville #StMatthews #Middletown

Or for the Traditional Fiesta…

Traditional Derby menus include daintier fare (country ham biscuits and benedictine sandwiches) than would be found at a Cinco de Derby party.

The pinnacle of the Cinco de Derby menu is the whiskey wiener. There is no food better suited to this affair than that drunken sausage. Beer cheese is an important spread to have on hand; consider substituting Dos Equis for Bass for a more Cinco de Mayo-y twist. And carnitas, folded in tacos or topping a fried tostada, is right up there with country ham biscuit for best pork and carb combo at this party.


For more information how to DERBY check out other recommended sites on the Kentucky Derby and more … @styleblueprint @todayswomannow @courierjournal @toppslouisville We are soooo DERBY PRepped! #sosouthernatheart


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