Get Prepared to Host the Melbourne Cup Party of a Lifetime

The Melbourne Cup is fast approaching and is one of the most iconic days in the Australian calendar. Whether you actually go to the race and have a flutter, or just enjoy a day of celebrations, chances are you probably will be going to or hosting a Melbourne Cup party.

If you’re lucky, your boss may be getting the office caterers in and throwing you all a well-deserved Melbourne Cup party on the first Tuesday in November. Alternatively, you may be considering a little soiree of your own and calling the caterers in for your own race day party to end all parties! Here are some tips to get your Melbourne Cup party in Sydney to go off with a bang.

Get Organised Well Before the Event

As many people will be at work on race day, you need to get invitations out early so people can arrange time off for the race.  Will your event be in a bar, in your home or in some other venue? Planning ahead will allow you to organise not just the venue but; what budget you have to play with, the event catering, getting invites created and allow attendees time to find outfits if you plan to have a dress code.

Talk with Event Caterers in Sydney

Melbourne Cup event catering of course is going to be a big part of the event. Event caterers in Sydney will be getting big orders for this day so get your order in early. Let your chosen party caterer know the details of your event like; where it will be, how many people you’ll be expecting, plus any type of dietary needs for example.

Select a Dress Code and Give out Invites

People who actually attend the Melbourne Cup race day will most likely be dressing up, so why not set a dress code for your event? It doesn’t have to be anything difficult but having a theme will make it seem more like a party. Here are some ideas;

  • An equestrian theme
  • Classic black tie
  • Racing stripes/colours
  • Florals or all one colour
  • Funky hats
  • Past winners of the Melbourne Cup

Once you’ve chosen your theme, give out your invites well in time, so everyone can source an outfit for the day.

Order Decorations for the Venue

Food and bubbles of course are the most essential part of celebrating race day, but if your budget allows – a few interesting decorations around your venue will up the fun factor. Some ideas for Melbourne cup day event decorations are;

  • Inflatable champagne bottles
  • Fake turf
  • Horse shoes
  • Jockey stripes
  • Flower arrangements
  • Flags
  • Waiters dressed as jockeys

Build Up Excitement for Your Event

Once you have everything ordered, booked and all plans in place, create a buzz leading up to your event by sending out reminders. This can be done two weeks before, one week before and on the day of the event via email or on social media. You could even throw out a competition challenge by talking about an awesome prize giveaway for the best Melbourne Cup outfit.