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Throw a last-minute Derby Day party with these easy food and drink hacks

No ticket to the big race? No problem! Host a Derby-themed celebration at home with these Triple Crown-worthy ideas.
/ Source: TODAY

No ticket to the Kentucky Derby? No problem! Throw a last-minute Derby Party at home with these easy food and drink hacks from entertaining expert Maureen Petrosky.

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Strawberry Drink Stirrers

Inspired by the red rose (it's the Derby's official flower), these fruit stirrers are great either as decor or to put in individual drink glasses. Using a knife, you'll cut a strawberry into the shape of a rose and place on a straw.

Maureen Petrosky throws a last-minute Kentucky Derby party with easy food hacks, like these strawberry rose stirrers
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Junior Juleps

If you're having kids over, these non-alcoholic juleps are the perfect refreshing drink.

Mint Lemonade
Throw a Kentucky Derby party with a last-minute hack that turns Nutter Butters into horseshoe cupcakes
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Horseshoe Cupcakes

Buy cupcakes from the store and decorate them with Nutter Butter cookies, cashews, black icing and candy eyes to make fun, festive treats. You can usually buy candy eyes year round at your local grocery or craft store, but if you can't find them, simply draw on eyes with icing.