We are so excited that Curlin came in third at the Derby - a respectible showing. So, in honour of maybe having a hometown-owned horse in the Preakness, and to celebrate an interesting new job offer, I am going to host a small Preakness party for 10 or so friends (I have an 11-foot wide house, so I can't have crowds!).
I designed an invitation using the George Stubbs horse portrait called Whistlejacket and then made the background a little more green. I added some copy and then saved it as a PDF to send with an e-mail.
Even though the Preakness has a signature drink - the Black-Eyed Susan - it's not as much fun as the mint julep. The recipe is two parts bourbon, one part citrus vodka, three parts sweet & sour mix and one part OJ. Sounds vile to me. So I think I will just have beer, wine and champagne.
I want to serve hors d'oeuvres and then a light supper. I have been mulling over exactly what, and haven't made any decisions, but think it should be buffet-style service and not too heavy food. I was thinking southern biscuits and Smithfield ham sandwiches, but that's too lunchy. For dessert, I want to make cupcakes and ice them with yellow flowers for the black eyed susans, which are Maryland's state flower. Suggestions are appreciated!