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Host Melbourne Cup Day at Home in 6 Simple Steps

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by Alicia Brown (subscribe)
A freelance writer based in Canberra.
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.
melbourne cup text mobile phone
Text Your Friends

2) Prepare for sweeps. First, find a list of the horses that will be racing. You could buy a newspaper. Or just go t
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).
melbourne cup sweep sweeps sweepstakes
Make Your Own Melbourn Cup Sweeps

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!
pink fascinator hat

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.
champagne sparkling wine celebration
Sparkling Wine Is A Must For Melbourne Cup

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!
Preschool Craft Puppet Horse Colour-in color-in
Horse Racing Puppets For Preschoolers

Have a great Melbourne Cup day!
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What a great idea!
by justi (score: 0|2) 1232 days ago
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