It's that joyous time of year when the sun shines a little warmer, the days are a bit longer, the trees are green again and the events scene hots up. The most exciting thing on my calendar at the moment is the Spring Racing Carnival, and with my apartment located minutes from the Caulfield Racecourse, it would seem a crime not to attend the Caulfield Cup.
I'll be having a pre-race event for my friends, just a small group who I will hopefully delight with breakfast goodies whilst there is last minute hair styling and lipstick application.
The colours of the Caulfield Cup logo are purple and gold so I will use these (as well of horse racing of course!) as my theme.
I'm thinking vases of lavender and hydrangeas finished with gold ribbon bows, paper lanterns, exquisite papers, white linen cloths, artificial turf, little horse accessories and a few more details that will make this small and low key event a little bit special.
On the menu we will have banana and choc chip muffins, mini vegetarian quiches, mini bacon and eggs pies, "horse poo" chocolate mud cupcakes, a fresh fruit platter and of course, champagne cocktails.
I will report back after the 16 October to show you how my ideas came to fruition!
Brace yourselves. How would you feel if I told you that you could get this, right here in Melbourne?
The Candy Buffet is a Melbourne based event catering company with a twist. They provide a delicious selection of candy treats to compliment your wedding, birthday, corporate event, anywhere you want sweet tasty goodies!
I recently saw their work at the Cancer Fighting Foundation's Red Ball where they set up an incredible spread of crimson coloured lollies (see picture above). The smell in the room was amazing, I can't even begin to describe the delicious aroma that filled the (extremely large) foyer.
I can't take my eyes away from how beautiful the design of each buffet is. The colours, lollies selected and theme are all specific to your event, making it personalised and unique. The best thing is every buffet is supplied with take home bags, so guests can not only enjoy the lollies during the event, but will be able to take some home as a reminder of a fantastic event.
The other week I saw an ad on television for the Cancer Council's Daffodil Day that really moved me. The message was that 1 in 2 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer. This statistic is frightening and so I jumped on the Cancer Councils website to see how/what/when/if I could become involved.
Welcome the Girls Night In! Every October the Cancer Council asks women around Australia to host an event, invite their girlfriends, and raise funds for the fight against women's cancers. I've registered to host an event that I'm really enjoying putting together and can't wait to get into the nitty gritty as the date approaches. Here is a breakdown of my thought process to land the perfect idea for my Girls Night In:
Invite girlfriends over for a catchup, some Nintendo Wii and a glass of wine. Girlfriends donate what they would have spent on a typical night out on the town.
Potential to be raised = $250
This is good, but I can aim higher.
Invite girlfriends, friends of friends and Mums over for some food and drinks.
Potential to be raised = $400
More people means more funds raised, but how am I going to fit all those people into my apartment, and how would I entertain them without spending too much of my own money?
And so Idea 3 was born
Let's not have a girls night in, but a girls night out!
Girlfriends, friends of friends, Mums, Aunties, colleagues and even our male partners in crime (only allowed to attend if they wear pink mind you) will be invited to a night at the movies, drinking wine, eating popcorn and delighting in an entertaining flick.
If it all works out as planned I can raise a total of $1,000 for the Cancer Council. Yippee!