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The Ultimate Final Four Party

Mar 29, 2012 12:25PM ● By Anonymous

Take the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville. That grudge is so contentious that it's earned a Wikipedia article. The appropriately-named "Bluegrass Rivalry" will come to a head on Saturday at 6:09 p.m. Equal seeds Ohio State and the University of Kansas will tip off at 8:49 p.m.

So, how to celebrate? Throw a killer party!

Use your brackets to get into the teams, or, if they're busted, set up a pool to guess the scores. UMD might not be headed to the championship, but if you're still rooting for teams, then you'll know who to cheer for.

Plus, you can decorate your home in the appropriate colors: blue and white for Kentucky, red and black for Louisville, scarlet and gray for Ohio, and crimson and blue for Kansas.

Once you've got your teams and decor sorted out, it's time to figure out your menu. We rounded up some hometown classics in honor of each of the schools. Plan accordingly.

Main Course & Side: University of Kansas:

Kansas City-Style BBQ Sauce

We know UK isn't exactly in Kansas City, but we couldn't resist throwing in a little regional BBQ sauce. Put it on anything--pulled pork, beef brisket, burnt ends. You can dip your crabs in it if you want to, but we wouldn't recommend it. Throw a little slaw alongside, and you're set.

Dessert: Ohio State:

Candy Buckeyes

A delectable dessert so synonymous with Ohio State that the two share a name, candy buckeyes are a Columbus staple. Peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate. So simple, so good.

Dessert: University of Louisville:

Derby Pie

Home to the Kentucky Derby, Louisville is closely associated with Derby pie (okay, so it comes from Prospect--is that any reason not to eat it? No.). The pastry mixes Kentucky bourbon, walnuts, and chocolate into a pie dough crust. Drooling already.

Drinks: University of Kentucky:

Mint Juleps

We couldn't talk about Kentucky without mentioning a mint julep. The Derby may take place in Louisville, but it shares its name with the wildcats. Plus, if Derby pie is any indication, Kentucky bourbon reigns supreme throughout the state.

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