The Run for the Roses may have been the focus of this past weekend, but the gathering on the breezy Veranda of the Main Line’s newest al fresco dining scene at Paramour was not to be missed.
While jockeys were donning their silks in Louisville, Main Liners were donning their hats to celebrate in style on Paramour’s Veranda. Guests were welcomed to the First Annual Kentucky Derby Party with complimentary Woodford Reserve mint juleps and an abundance of Derby inspired Hors d’oeuvres. The afternoon’s main event was the Hat Judging Contest, where chic and poised ladies eagerly showed off their Derby finest and flaunted their over-the-top headwear, vying for one of three top spots and excellent prizes. Along with the ladies, a handful of stylish Main Line men looked dapper in their Derby hats. The top man and woman each received stylish gift baskets designed by Paramour with the Derby in mind. Second place winners received stunning accessories courtesy of The Bark Avenue Boutique, and Third place took home gift cards to dine at Paramour.
Stan Hochman, Sports columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News and a Kentucky Derby aficionado, provided a challenging Derby Questionnaire which tested guest’s knowledge of the most prestigious event in horse racing. Hochman was also on hand during the race to enlighten guests on some behind-the-scenes knowledge that he has gained from covering the Derby and from his ownership in past Derby contenders.
Excitement soared as race time grew near, and guests quickly chose their seats in Paramour’s Bistro Bar, Lobby Lounge and stunning Veranda to watch the most exciting 2 minutes in sports.