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6 Simple Steps To Your Melbourne Cup Party At Home
The Melbourne Cup is the race that stops the nation! Which can make you feel very alone when you are home by yourself. This is potentially the burden of many stay at home mum's, shift-workers, part-time workers, students and retirees. Well, no more I say - instead host your own Melbourne Cup party at home in 6 simple steps!
1) Send a a quick text (or even splash out and make a phone call) inviting everyone to come that you know won't be working on Melbourne Cup Day. Ask them to bring a plate of food and a gold coin or two for sweeps.
I made my own sweeps sheet by listing each of the horses with a space for who drew the horse. (Don't forget you will need a second list of horses to cut up and draw from a hat). Sell off each horse in the race for a $1 or $2 coin. For prizes, I suggest the pool is split as follows: wooden-spoon (gets their money back), winner (gets 50%), second place (30%), third place (gets whatever is left).
3) Decorate your house. Remember, the idea is to keep things simple! Flowers are always popular for the spring racing carnival, so I suggest getting some fresh flowers. And a nice tablecloth will help too!
Fresh Cut Flowers
4) Plan your outfit! Don't forget your hat or fascinator!
5) Organise some sparkling wine and your plate of food! Since you are hosting and have access to an oven, it's always good to volunteer to bring the sausage rolls! A non-alcoholic alternative for drinks is always appreciated - you could try fruit punch, juice or sparkling apple juice.
6) Kids coming? Organise a fun themed activity for the kids. Download and print some horse colour-in pictures. Provide crayons, pencils, textas and stickers for decoration. Even some lengths of knitting wool and glue for hair and tails. You could even provide some straws or paddle pop sticks so that once coloured in, the kids can cut them out and make horse racing puppets!