The oh-so-classic and refined Kentucky Derby makes such a chic theme for a May wedding. Ladies in their spring dresses, fancy hats and gloves at the ceremony. Southern comfort food and mint juleps at the reception. And for wedding favors, fun and fanciful items that channel the Churchill Downs air, too. Would you like some ideas? 10 Kentucky Derby-inspired favor choices coming up! (*this post contains affiliate links)
Wedding Favor Ideas Inspired by the Kentucky Derby
This is one of those themes that has such iconic elements associated with its history and traditions. So choosing wedding favors can be much more focused – and lead to delightful finds like these!
1 – Two’s Company Mint Julep Cups in Gift Box (Set of 4)
Made of lacquered silver-plated brass, these boxed sets can be given as individual cups – presented with fresh or silk flowers for the ladies and holding mini bourbon bottles for the gents (see #3).
2 – Pendennis Club The Original Henry Bairn’s Sauce – A legendary creation of Henry Bairn, the maitre d’ of the world renowned Pendennis Club in Louisville, home city of the Kentucky Derby. For over a century, this famous sauce was only available to Club’s members and guests. Now, it is available to the public and may be ordered from Bourbon Barrel Foods.
3 – Mini mint julep cups with Jim Beam Kentucky Bourbon nip bottles, each garnished with a sprig of mint and a straw as found on Flour and Fancies.
5 – Classic vanilla bourbon balls made with Maker’s Mark bourbon, shortbread cookies, pecans, white chocolate chips, and confectioner’s sugar, with the recipe courtesy of Maker’s Mark. Simply package in cello bags enclosed in colored fabric wraps.
6 – Mini bottles of Maker’s Mark whisky simply given as is, trimmed with glitter-edged favor tags. A charmingly easy idea we spotted at a real wedding featured on Orange Blossom Bride.
7 – White chocolate horseshoes and homemade candied pecans in cello bags – Giving a nod to the Derby and a beloved Southern sweet all in one wedding favor idea, thanks to Andrea’s Cakes.
8 – Ky Derby 144th Official Julep Glass for 2018 – A cool keepsake of this year’s race, sold by Falls City Treasures and Fulfilled by Amazon.
9 – Mint Julep Chews – Package these in floral-embroidered pouches or capiz favor baskets for the lady guests, and in mint julep cups for the gentlemen (see #1). Available in 1-lb bags, ships from and sold by King Of Sweets Online.
10 – Organic Mint Julep Lip Balm (Savannah Bee Company Certified ) – These come in packs of 4, so you can divide them up and package in ivory embroidered favor pouches along with some mint julep chews (see #9). Sold by The Smart Market and Fulfilled by Amazon.
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