Bringing the glamour of the races into your own home has never been easier. With the introduction of the Flemington Fling, the first ever signature drink of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, Schweppes gives you some top tips to ensure your soirée is the highlight of the season.
1. Stand out
Get creative with theming from the very start with the invite. For example, set the scene for your guests with past racing tickets to highlight the details of your event.
2.Transform your party
Take a cue from the big name marquees at Flemington and transform your party with a glamorous theme that filters through your décor and even your playlist for the event.
3. Bar preparation
Set up your bar before the party. A cocktail shaker can be useful and add a bit of theater, or you can even combine your ingredients in a jug and stir briskly. Also use a jigger or a measuring cup to keep track of the quantities in each batch, otherwise some very potent cocktails can result!
4. Don’t be stressed
Pre-making large batches of cocktails will give you the opportunity to actually speak to your guests, rather than hide in the kitchen. No one likes a stressed out host!
Try mixing up a batch of Flemington Fling, a delicious and refreshing cocktail your guests will love!
5. Serve drinks with style
Organise a family member or friend to work the room and serve beverages to guests. You can also have jugs of the Flemington Fling on hand for guests to use.
6. Enjoy the outdoors
If you have access to an outdoor area, serve your cocktails outside as there’s nothing better than a refreshing beverage on a warm spring evening.
7. Dress to impress
Keep the glamour stakes high by asking guests to wear their finest races outfit. For added incentive, stage a “Fashion on the Fields” and award prizes for best dressed.
8. Place some bets
Sweeps are a mainstay at any Melbourne Cup BBQ, but why not mix it up with some creative categories such as, which celebrity will be wearing the most over-the-top racing outfit? You may wish to make entry a gold coin donation and winner takes all at the end of the day.
For more fashion and beauty tips to help you look a million bucks at your Spring Racing Carnival party, check out our style section .