PLAN­NING YOUR PARTY

Hav­ing a Mel­bourne Cup party?

Style Magazine - - Melbourne Cup And Events -

It doesn’t mat­ter if it’s at the of­fice or you’re ask­ing the gang to your home, here are a few tips to make sure your shindig goes off with a bang.

TIM­ING:

How long have you got? Is it a fran­tic power lunch in the board­room or do you have the af­ter­noon at leisure?

Mel­bourne Cup lunches are about hav­ing fun, so try to make the most of the day. The race is at 2pm, so chances are you’ll be host­ing a lunch of some sort be­fore the big race.

CA­TER­ING:

You don’t have to com­pete with the Emirates mar­quee, but you do want to pro­vide a lit­tle more than chips and chee­rios.

Break out a med­ley of cheeses, sea­sonal fruit and crack­ers and sup­ple­ment the mini-ban­quet with a num­ber of tasty hors d’oeu­vres.

If putting to­gether a great spread is a lit­tle daunt­ing, then why not let a ca­ter­ing firm sup­ply a num­ber of ham­pers? It can still pro­vide a touch of el­e­gance with­out the steep price tag of sil­ver ser­vice.

As long as you have plenty of beer and cham­pagne on ice your guests will have just as much fun as be­ing track­side.

FASH­ION PA­RADE:

Af­ter all, girls, it’s to­tally about the fash­ion.

Chances are your guests have gone to a lot of trou­ble pick­ing the per­fect out­fit and ac­ces­sories. And no doubt there will be a won­der­ful col­lec­tion of rac­ing cou­ture and fas­ci­na­tors on dis­play.

So don’t miss the op­por­tu­nity to get out on that cat­walk and take a twirl.

Look­ing your best for Cup Day is manda­tory, so why not give your guests a chance to show off their new out­fits with a fun pa­rade?

THEME:

It’s the Mel­bourne Cup… we un­der­stand that, so while you might think you’re lim­ited in your choice it’s ac­tu­ally the op­po­site.

A Cup party lets you break out the colour. And lots of it.

Through­out the day, you’ll see ev­ery colour of the rain­bow mir­rored in the jock­eys’ silks, so there are no rules when it comes to dec­o­rat­ing your party area. The bolder the bet­ter.

Want a classier ap­peal – then stick to your tra­di­tional black and whites. The only rule is to have fun and make the party area a vis­ual sen­sa­tion.

SWEEPS:

A must!

Get sell­ing on the Mon­day – or, at the very least, early Tues­day morn­ing – be­cause ev­ery­one loves the idea of draw­ing one of the favourites (or bag­ging friends who get stuck with the don­keys).

Even the punt­ing rook­ies will be keen to grab a horse or two as it gives them a mount to cheer through the race.

TELE­VI­SION:

You prob­a­bly don’t have to be told Chan­nel Seven will once again be cov­er­ing the Cup, but what will you be show­ing it on?

If your TV is wall-mounted where ev­ery­one will have a good van­tage point or should you look at set­ting up a sec­ond tele­vi­sion for the day?

Ei­ther way, make sure you have them turned up loud be­cause noth­ing gets nois­ier than a pumped-up rac­ing crowd.

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