It’s the race that stops the nation, but there’s more to Melbourne Cup day than the race and the booze consumed in between. You’ve got a whole entire day to have some fun with your employees, and it’d be a waste to just spend it sitting in front of the screen or waiting around for the race to start!
Whether you’re heading out to a pub or enjoying the day from the office, there are plenty of ways to pass the time and have some fun while you’re at it. We’ve got a few ideas up our sleeves for throwing a Melbourne Cup bash that’ll have your employees letting off some steam and getting to mix and mingle.
Melbourne Cup office party basics
First thing’s first, you’ve gotta make sure you’ve covered the basics. A good Melbourne Cup office bash needs the following:
- Decorations – It’s a special event, so make the office look a little different! Employees will feel happier as soon as they walk in, and ready to get into the spirit of it all.
- Dress-ups – Melbourne Cup is all about the fancy dress and fancy hats. Host a dress-up competition and give out prizes throughout the day to keep staff excited. Best dressed, best hat, best mask, worst dressed!
- Booze – You can’t have a Melbourne Cup office party without booze, but make sure to have someone overseeing behaviour and notify staff on the code of conduct beforehand.
1. Choccy braiding race
This is a simple game that tempts employees into participating with the lure of chocolate!
For this game you’ll need:
- 3 pieces of rope,
- a big block of unsliced chocolate,
- a butter knife and fork, and
- a die.
Have the employees sit in a circle around the block of chocolate, knife & fork, and three pieces of rope. One by one, have a person roll the die. Whoever rolls a six has to run to the middle and tie each of the three pieces of rope into a knot before another six is thrown. If they tie all three, they get to slice a piece of chocolate and eat it – so long as a six still hasn’t been thrown. Keep playing until all the chocolate is gone.
You’ve gotta have a little Melbourne Cup office sweepstake to get some buzz going and generate a little excitement. You can make your own little tickets by writing down each horse’s name on small slips of paper. Set a base amount for each horse, say $2, and ask each employee whether they’d like to place a bet and on which horse. Collect the money, make sure all horses are allocated, and at the end of the race, the money is prized to whoever bet on the winning horse.
Make sure you have a list of all participating horses, and a board to write down who’s betting on which horse. Decorate the office with the glitz and glamour of a Vegas casino and you’ve set the scene for a good time.
Who doesn’t love a good old piñata? You can easily find piñatas in most party stores, and even places like Kmart. They’ll come empty and you can fill them with whatever your heart (or employees) desire – lollies, choccys, gift vouchers, gadgets, party gifts…
What’s good about a piñata is it also lets employees release some stress (bashing something can do that to you). On that note, it might be a good idea to have a piñata on hand for after the race, just in case someone’s lost a bit of money and needs to release some frustration!
4. Food = a good mood
While your employees are busy playing games and potentially downing lots of alcohol, you’ll want to make sure there’s plenty of good food on hand to restore that energy! Food is an essential part of every office event, and Melbourne Cup day is just another excuse to go all out and feast on something delicious.
Help, I want to organise Melbourne Cup office party!
If you need help call CHEFIN! We know that food and catering are the most exciting aspect of any office party, and we will create the best experience you have ever had. Our team of chefs is talented, adaptable, passionate, and dedicated to providing good food and creating long lasting memories.
Have your employees enjoy a Blindfolded Lunch or a South American feast with one of our interactive foodie experiences. Tasty and unique, culinary journeys are a delicious way to offer some nibbles while engaging employees together. Check out our foodie experiences page to see how else we can spice up your Melbourne Cup catering. You’ll have your very own personal chef in the office sharing stories and recipes, and they can create a meal to suit any theme.