How to Host a Melbourne Cup Party Part 1
The Melbourne Cup is just about the only day of the year where it is universally acceptable across Australia to host a party during the working day. It truly is the race that stops the nation. But, more importantly, it is the race that gives everyone the opportunity to host or attend a party!
For some people it is all about getting tickets to the best party in town. For others it is about taking the opportunity to host an exclusive event for their top clients and staff. For the rest of us it can often simply be about throwing a few bets down and heading to the boardroom to drink champagne and nibble on some cheese and crackers.
Whatever you prefer, we’re here to help you celebrate Melbourne Cup in style! Whether you are planning an exclusive event or organizing an office party with pizza, check out our top tips and advice below. You can also view a selection of great ticketed Melbourne Cup events hosted at our fabulous venues on our central special and events page.
Hosting an exclusive Melbourne Cup event – everything you need to know!
Hosting an exclusive Melbourne Cup event can be a fantastic way for you to engage with your key clients and reward staff. The colour, excitement and frivolity gives you a chance to have some fun and network on a personal level. Here are a few key elements you need to consider in order to be the host with the most on Melbourne Cup Day!
- Finding The Perfect Venue
Finding an available venue to hire exclusively on Melbourne Cup day can be tricky, as many venues and restaurants use their event spaces to host ticketed events on the day. However, there are some hidden gems still to be found that are perfect for Melbourne Cup events.
When looking for a venue we recommend one with natural daylight to give your event that spring day feeling. Choose a space with elegant features or one with a blank canvas feel so you can create your ideal racing atmosphere. Lastly, it’s best to check they have access to TV reception before confirming – more on that important point below!
- Styling – Create That Racing Carnival Atmosphere
Styling an event around horse racing is easy and fun.
The colour palette is unlimited – think of all those bright colours featured on the jockey’s shirts and spectator’s frocks! However, we suggest keeping it to one or two bright colours, paired with ever-so-stylish black or clean white. Too many colours can make an event space look busy and cluttered. Let your guests add further colour with their frocks, ties, socks and fascinators!
Horse décor & decals are an obvious choice, as is lots of florals, bunting and luxe details. Horse racing is the sport of kings, so a sense of sophistication is definitely the way to go.