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How To Host The Perfect Melbourne Cup Lunch

How To Host The Perfect Melbourne Cup Lunch

| On 31, Oct 2014

Melbourne Cup is fast approaching, and sadly, not all of us can afford a fancy lunch out, or have enough money on our cards to pay for all of those glasses of champagne that we so desperately desire.

Luckily, it can be just as enjoyable to host a Melbourne Cup lunch at home and will be infinitely less expensive.

Here are our top tips for hosting the perfect Melbourne Cup lunch.

Keep it simple.

Hosting an event should not become too much of a hassle. Nobody likes coming to a party where they never get to speak to the host. Try to do as much as you can ahead of the event. Take this into account particularly when considering food options.



Champagne. Duh. Not only is this the traditional drink of the day but who can ever say no to a delicious glass of cold bubbly? Not me. For a point of difference, you could serve a Kir Royale by pouring 3 teaspoons of crème de cassis into each champagne glass before topping with sparkling wine.

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There are so many options for a Spring lunch. As long as they’re light and fresh, almost anything can work. You could take the route of a high tea and serve beautiful finger sandwiches, scones and small cakes. Cucumber sandwiches with a glass of champagne on the side sounds like the perfect lunch to me.352923abf017471f2be6e35e7c99f1e2 57e2f2da6d730e96cb573bc48378079a e309eb041799ee96d6dacd7ad6b990d8 f970ef4d0bdc3d48362815f8b38715ac

Alternatively, for a more substantial meal, a chicken salad is a traditional Spring lunch that can be prepared well in advance, leaving you with plenty of time to relax on the day. Again, there are so many options to choose from. An Asian inspired chicken salad is always delicious and full of vibrant flavours. Keep in mind what vegetables are in season, such as rocket, asparagus, beetroots and carrots.

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Make sure your TV is in view! There’s no point to having a Melbourne Cup lunch if you can’t see the race.

Have a sweep amongst your friends. Have a prize for 1st, 2nd and 3rd. And don’t forget the wooden spoon! It’s almost as exciting to lose as it is to win!melbourne-cup-sweep-628

If you’re feeling fancy, a prize for the most beautiful fascinator could also inspire your guests to dress to impress. Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you have to dress in your pj’s! Or, you could set up a DYI Fascinator table, which could result in either beautiful or shocking designs.

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Overall, Melbourne Cup is a day of celebration. Celebrate your day off work. Celebrate your horse running (even if it doesn’t win). And celebrate this chance you get to enjoy yourself with your friends.

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