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Dust off your fascinator and put the Champagne on ice, Melbourne Cup is just around the corner.

There’s a lot to consider when hosting a Melbourne Cup party – the right venue, catering, entertainment and, of course, the perfect outfit.

Here are A LIST Guide‘s top tips for throwing a winning Melbourne Cup party:

Find the perfect Melbourne Cup venue

First things first, lock in a venue for your Melbourne Cup soirée. Decide on your budget and round up the numbers of attendees, as this will help narrow down the options.

Consider a large function space if you’re expecting big numbers, or try a private dining area for a more intimate gathering. Let A LIST Guide do the work for you here.

Think outside the box and choose a Melbourne Cup package hosted by your favourite restaurant. La Rosa The Strand is hosting a Melbourne Cup event in their dining room, complete with a three-hour Roman canape package, race sweeps and prizes for best dressed.

Choose your entertainment

While the race is the biggest entertainment of the day, don’t let it stop there. Organise for your guests to arrive in style with a valet service such as First Class Valet and then keep the party going with live music or performers. A LIST Guide‘s comprehensive list of suppliers will help you find the perfect entertainment for your event, anywhere in Australia.

Organise food and beverage 

The food and beverage offering can make or break your Melbourne Cup party. The drinks will be flowing, so ensure there’s a steady flow of food and plenty of it to go around.

Talk to the food and beverage team at the venue or restaurant to make sure they can cater to all dietary requirements and be prepared for the last-minute gluten free requests!

If you’re hosting an event in the office this year, opt for a catering service that does all the hard work for you. A LIST Guide will help find the perfect catering solution for your event, whether its roaming canapes, a buffet-style lunch or interactive food stations.

Nail the styling

Don’t let styling fall by the wayside – it will help create the right atmosphere for your event and surprise and delight your guests. Try some simple floral arrangements scattered throughout the function space or go all out with Melbourne Cup-themed styling in the office.

Watch the race!

If there’s a single most important element to your Melbourne Cup event, it’s the race itself. If you’re hosting a party in a function room or private dining space, speak to the venue beforehand to ensure they have the right AV equipment in place to watch the race live.

Alternatively, if your event is taking place in the office, let the experts do it for you and hire an AV specialist to set it all up. Search for an AV supplier near you on A LIST Guide to help make your race day event a success.

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