Spring into your Melbourne Cup office party this November 5th with our top 5 tips. With the ‘race that stops the nation’ just two-weeks away, now is the time to finesse your celebration. Enjoy the food, fashion, drinks and (of course) the racing, all within the familiar setting of your office. The odds are on a stress-free Melbourne Cup lunch with our tips that will make hosting your function effortless.

Melbourne Cup office party

1. Sweep your team off their feet

Even the most unlikely of punters flock to enter the office sweep stakes. We have created a downloadable sweep, so you don’t have to. Simply download the sweep and follow the instructions for an easy, no fuss bet.

Tick! That’s one thing off your list.

 Download our office sweep here.

2. Enjoy a MELBOURNE CUP menu filled with Spring flavours

This year we have created a Spring Racing menu to suit any Melbourne Cup office party. Select from our exclusive canape packages, themed taco and slider bar stations or Spring Racing buffet. Or keep it simple with our Express Catering drop off hampers. Our drop off hampers are delivered to your door in recycled platter boxes with free delivery to selected areas across Brisbane CBD.


Express Catering

Roasted chicken, citrus salsa, verjuice watercress (gf/df)

Melbourne Cup office party

Chat potato salad, sundried tomato, celery, lemon mayo (v/gf)

Melbourne Cup Office Party

Lemon meringue tartlet (v)

3. Fashions in the BOARDROOM

It’s not every day you have an excuse to put on a fascinator and dress up for the office. Host your own fashions on the field – boardroom style. The battle is on between Suzie in Accounts and Dave in Marketing for the prestige of being voted the most fashion-forward member of the team.

Or if fascinators aren’t your style, consider learning how to make a flower crown with our friends at Flour and Bloom or a pocket square made from a retired tie or work shirt. For the pocket square, use a material of choice, cut into a square (hem the edges if you’re good with a needle and thread) and fold flat, pointed or puffed to freshen your Melbourne Cup look. More folding tips here.

Flower Crown

4. Pop the champagne

For a Melbourne Cup function to be remembered, try our Champagne Bellini. Made with sparkling wine, Angostura bitters, a sugar cube, sliced orange and maraschino cherry, this sparkling cocktail is the perfect sip for a warm Spring day.

Melbourne Cup office party


The festivities don’t need to end when the race does. Keep the celebration going after work with Baedeker being the place to be after you clock off. With their impressive wine menus including drops from Unico Zelo Wines and Koerner Wines as well as an impressive array of signature cocktails, specialty gins and whiskies, Baedeker is the perfect spot to unwind and enjoy the sweet, sweet taste of a winning Melbourne Cup.

Baedeker Cuban

*Wine & Dine’m Catering promote responsible gambling and service of alcohol.