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14 Delicious And Charming Reasons To Throw A Kentucky Derby Party

Although, frankly, bourbon is reason enough.

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10. (Unofficial) Derby Pie

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The original "Derby Pie" recipe is top-secret and fastidiously trademarked, but this recipe is a pretty close approximation of the real-deal, with lots of chocolate and bourbon, and walnuts instead of the traditional pecans. Recipe here.

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Or, go for something classic, à la Alton Brown, food-nerd extraordinaire.

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Alton's own line of bow ties is no longer available, but hook+ALBERT, the company that sold it, still has some other great ones for sale.

Also, feel free to take things a step further and just put bow ties everywhere.

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These bow tie chalk stickers on mason jars are so twee I almost can't look at them. But, these are things I am willing to overlook in the name of the perfect theme party. Available here.

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