The ‘race that stops the nation’ is just around the corner, and it’s time to start planning your Melbourne Cup party. If you’re hosting at home, the key to planning a sparkling event is to put some thought into the atmosphere, food and furniture so that it resembles what you’d experience at the race track.
We’ll take you through the essentials of how to do this, including what’s trending in track-side food, the latest styling tips and how to transform your space with event hire furniture to get that trackside look you’re after.
The perfect Melbourne Cup day calls for finger food all day long. Finger food is fantastic for occasions like these, as you can pre-prepare trays of food and have the platters set out before everyone arrives. And you can go on with enjoying the festivities also.
Sandwiches, antipasto platters and bite-sized portions are perfect. Add a selection of seasonal fruit and of course tasty sweets, for later in the day.
Using your BBQ is an easy and practical way to offer hot food. Not only can the ‘chef’ still be a part of the event, but hot food from the grill is also always a crowd-pleaser.
Just as important as taste is appearance. Lots of colour in your savoury and sweets. The Melbourne Cup is traditionally a time for standing out with colour and this also goes for food.
Bold and colourful pieces from top to toe. Or if that’s not your style, then choosing one statement piece as your splash of bold is the next best thing.
Typically, head-wear is where it’s at. From headbands, hairclips, fascinators to fancy hats, be sure to have something on hand for those guests who didn’t plan ahead and show up without the required festival cheer in hand (or on head).
Flowers and fabrics are a great way to add colour to your party area. Sparkles are trending in 2019, so keep this in mind when choosing colours and themes to bring your party to life.
The Perfect Space
Melbourne Cup Day in Melbourne, can be a warm, sunny day. Fingers crossed. An outdoor area makes for a perfect location to host your event. Whether there’s grass or not, you can easily set up a space where your guests can interact with each other, watch the big race, and enjoy the day comfortably.
To emulate the ambiance of the track, add in picket fence hire and synthetic grass, which adds a fun, racing-themed feel, that your guests will love.
For your outdoor event, you can also hire some fitting event furniture hire to deck out a stylish space for everyone to relax, eat and drink during the day.
You can easily add more places to sit with chair hire, table hire and market umbrella hire. Great for extra shade, especially if the day is warmer than expected. Fingers and toes crossed. Deciding on the style and number of chairs and tables to hire is easy; simply browse our Inspirations page or follow us on Instagram for endless ideas.
Finally, no Melbourne Cup day party would be complete without a place for drinks. Bar table hire means you can create a dedicated space for all your liquid refreshments. This spot allows everyone to help themselves during the day, keeping the drinks cool and readily available.
Are you planning a sparkling Melbourne Cup event? Whether you’re hosting guests at home, at a venue, or at the track itself, check out our range of event furniture for hire. Or give us a call. Our wonderful team are happy to help guide your decisions.