New South Wales
Melbourne Cup Day is just over a week away – on Tuesday 1 November – but if you’ll be at home looking after the kids, you can still celebrate in style with these fun ideas from Sharon Mitchell.
It’s “the race that stops a nation”, but being a stay-at-home mum, a part-time working mum, or even a mum on a budget can mean missing out on the fun of a lavish lunch or even just comparing outfits with your girlfriends on Melbourne Cup Day. But being at home shouldn’t be the end of having an enjoyable time. Why not use the occasion to celebrate at home with these fun activities – with shopping for a new frock and fascinator optional!
Our mother’s group started a Horse and Hat party tradition and the annual casual gatherings with friends has become a wonderful way to spend time together eating and chatting while the kids play. Don’t be deterred by the term “party” – the truth is, we called it a “party” to create excitement for the kids. The reality is that it’s just an excuse to have some friends over for a casual get together during the day.
Making a ‘horse and hat’ for kids is optional, but it does give a nod to the occasion and make the day feel special -plus the kids love having their own ‘horse races’ in the backyard. You can create the body of your kid’s “horse” from household items, like a broom, hockey stick or long cardboard roll from wrapping paper for the horse’s body. The mane is made of paper, string, wool or even toilet paper.