LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The "How-To Hostess" Brittany Gilbert-Brown-Forman's How-To Hostess will be on hand to show you how you can host your own Derby party whether it will be big or small.

She has more than eight years of experience in the entertaining industry, and believes the party should be fun for everyone including the hostess.

Her How-To host tips offer a great Derby party that is simple, unique, and affordable, and she has gift ideas for guests in town for Derby.

Mint Julep Bar:

A mint julep bar allows party hosts to be able to enjoy their party as much as the guests and for guests to be able to participate in the festivities. Set out all the ingredients needed to make a traditional mint julep as well as various juices, fruits and herbs for those who want to get creative.

Suggested Items:

Woodford Reserve bourbon

Fresh fruits in bowls (oranges, limes and various berries)

Fresh fruit juices (orange, cranberry, pineapple)

Fresh herbs in glasses

Various bitters, cherries and sugars

Mason jars or other glasses

Muddler, spoon and straws

Woodford Reserve Basil Strawberry Julep

3 fresh basil leaves

2 diced strawberries

1 tablespoon basil simple syrup

Ice (crushed)

2 tablespoons Woodford Reserve bourbon

Add basil leaves, strawberries and simple syrup to a rocks glass.

Muddle. Add ice then top with bourbon. Garnish with fresh basil sprig

or strawberry and serve.

Basil Simple Syrup: Combine 1 cup basil leaves, 1 cup water and 1 cup

of sugar in a small pot. Bring to a slow simmer, stirring often. Once

sugar dissolves, remove from stove and cool. Strain to separate leaves

from liquid into a container and seal.

To find out more about "How To Hostess" Brittany Gilbert, visit www.cheerstothehost.com You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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