How To Host The Perfect Melbourne Cup Lunch
Giulietta Avenia | 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 crÃ¨me de cassis into each champagne glass before topping with sparkling wine.
There are so many options for a Spring lunch. As long as theyâ€™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.
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.
Make sure your TV is in view! Thereâ€™s no point to having a Melbourne Cup lunch if you canâ€™t see the race.
If youâ€™re feeling fancy, a prize for the most beautiful fascinator could also inspire your guests to dress to impress. Just because youâ€™re at home doesnâ€™t mean you have to dress in your pjâ€™s! Or, you could set up a DYI Fascinator table, which could result in either beautiful or shocking designs.
Overall, Melbourne Cup is a day of celebration. Celebrate your day off work. Celebrate your horse running (even if it doesnâ€™t win). And celebrate this chance you get to enjoy yourself with your friends.
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