Being a Kentucky girl, we ALWAYS celebrate Derby day! But when it falls on Cinco De Mayo, it is a super duper extra special treat for us here at The Ever Co!
Blake, our Ever Co papa bear, LOVES LOVES LOVES him some Mexican food, and for Derby I always make an antipasto platter with Kentucky bourbon sliders!
So today, we're having our traditional Derby food for lunch and our taco bar for dinner!
This morning we started the day with a milk bath for the girls and let them both take their horses in! They loved it so much cause typically their horses stay downstairs in the toy bin. They're both not old enough yet to understand the Kentucky Derby, but they do both love horses!
MILK BATH RECIPE:
- 1-2 cups milk of choice (breastmilk, cows milk and powdered milk all work)
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1-3 drops lavendar oil
We then turned on our ALL TIME FAVORITE show, SPIRIT: Riding Free on Netflix! Everly is absolutely obsessed with the show and Hadley just ADORES dancing to the intro song!
After some screen time, we always try to go outside to play before naps. We let the girls take their horses outside (something we also typically don't let them do) and it was precious watching them play with the horses after watching the show.
We gifted Everly her very first Spirit + Lucky set today and we think we've started a new tradition of giving the girls a new toy horse every Derby! It'll be so fun to see their collection grow over the years and it'll be something they look forward to every year...that is until they start asking for a real horse! :)
During nap time, Blake and I watched Seabiscuit, one of our favorite movies! Tonight we plan on watching Warhorse to end the night after the girls go down to bed.
A couple hours before bed we FINALLY got to watch the main event! The Derby!!! It is always so much fun watching the horses every year, and I can't wait to take the whole family to the Derby in real life one day!
After the Derby, we finished the night with the girls watching CoCo and eating our dinner which you can read about below! Our dinner was all about Cinco de Mayo. We just love making these traditions with our family.
Now on to the food!
For lunch, we made our traditional Derby appetizers/ lunches: antipasto cheese platters and Kentucky Bourbon sliders! (with a side of margaritas. :)
Here's what I always get for my cheese boards!
- Smoked Gouda Triscuits
- Ritz Crackers
- New York Garlic bagel crisps
- Minced Garlic
- Roasted Red Peppers
- Kalmata Olives
- Garlic dip
- Mozzarella balls
- Cheddar cheese
Here's the ingredients + instructions for the sliders!
- Roast Beef or Beef Brisket (I used the Jack Daniels Beef Brisket from Walmart!)
- American Cheese
- Hawaiian Rolls
For dinner, we made our traditional Cinco de Mayo taco bar! (with a side of margaritas yet again. :)
Here's what I always get for our taco bar!
- Hard and soft taco shells
- Multigrain tostito chips
- Green Peppers, onions, red peppers (for fajitas)
- Fajita chicken and beef
- Ground beef or turkey
- Hot Sauce
- Sour Cream
- Refried Beans
- Mexican Rice
We sure do hope you've had just as much fun with your family celebrating both Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby! Next year, if you don't already, maybe you can incorporate some of these traditions with your family! We're big believers in celebrating everyday like it's a holiday and creating traditions that'll last forEVER!
I'll end with some cute pics that we got of our little Hadley bug wearing her Derby gear. :)
xx, Amy + The Ever Co