Five Melbourne Cup Party Games

Every year the race that stops the nation gives us the opportunity to activate our out-of-office notification and have some fun with our colleagues at the annual office Melbourne Cup party.

Whether you’ll be watching the race at the office with some share platters and cheeky beverages or you’ve got a function venue booked, take your Melbourne Cup event to the next level with these hilarious Melbourne Cup party ideas.

Melbourne Cup Party Idea 1. Office Chair Race

Before the Melbourne Cup race officially starts, you can have your own competition using office chairs as horses and a group of confident colleagues as jockeys. The rest of the office can put bets on who they think might win.

Create a circular race track similar to the one at the Melbourne Cup or just use whatever space is available to you. If lots of people want to be involved you could always have a relay race. Make sure you clear the ‘track’ get all valuables like computers out of the way before you fire the starting gun.

Melbourne Cup Party Idea 2.     Horse Shoe Quoits

Quoits is a traditional game that dates all the way back to ancient Greece. It is relatively simple and can be enjoyed by everyone in the office without anyone having to go to too much effort.

The Game is simple; all players have to do is pitch a horseshoe at vertical spikes that are at a reasonable distance away.  If you have access to an outdoor area, this sport is commonly played on grass. If you have booked an indoor function venue for your Melbourne Cup office party, let the staff know ahead of time that you’ll be playing and they may be able to help you clear space and get set up.

Melbourne Cup Party Idea 3.    Pin the tail on the racehorse

This game is fairly self-explanatory, it is essentially pin the tail on the donkey but with a racehorse. This game sounds simple but it is actually a lot of fun, especially after your second glass of bubbly. Making the racehorse DIY style won’t take too much time or effort, and it is also relatively inexpensive.

Melbourne Cup Party Idea 4.    Fashion Walk Off

Encourage everyone to dress up for your Melbourne Cup event. Host a fashion show on the day and have everyone perform their best catwalk model impression. Pick a few people to judge the event and present awards for categories such as best dressed male, best-dressed Female, and Best Cat Walker.

Melbourne Cup Party Idea 5.    Hat Making Competition

A hat making competition will give everyone the chance to get creative on Melbourne Cup Day. Set up a craft table and watch as everyone goes crazy with the glue gun and sparkles. When everyone has made a hat they can show them off in a Melbourne Cup fashion show and the person with the best hat receives a prize.

If you really want to pull out all the stops you could also hire someone to teach a flower crown making workshop. This way everyone will be able to make something they are actually proud of and happy to wear.

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Let us take the hassle out of organising your Melbourne Cup event. Our guide to Melbourne Cup is coming soon.

Riverfire: Brisbane’s Best Events

Riverfire 2019: Brisbane’s Best Events

Saturday 28th September, 2019

Riverfire 2019 is set to be a special event in our lunching calendar. This is your opportunity to celebrate Riverfire with a magnificent dining experience served against the backdrop of spectacular views and fireworks.

We’ve put together a showcase the best Riverfire events for 2019, beginning with riverside dining packages and finishing with a round up of the best parties to watch the fireworks.

Riverfire 2019 is sure to be a sell out across the best restaurants, bars and venues, so make sure you book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Where to watch Riverfire in Brisbane:

1. The Jetty South Bank

Bring the whole family to The Jetty Southbank for Brisbane’s best Riverfire event and indulge and a delicious, 4 course meal and 3 hour beverage package. Celebrate a magical evening with the best seats in the house!

2. Eleven Rooftop Bar

Celebrate Riverfire with an evening of specialty cocktails and entertainment at Eleven Rooftop Bar. Indulge in seasonal creations from the rooftop kitchen and watch the jets fly over Brisbane’s CBD.

3. The Fox Hotel

Enjoy a glass of Veuve Clicquot, or ice cold Asahi Super Dry on arrival, then pick and choose from the various roaming canapés and mini substantials throughout the evening!

4. Jellyfish Restaurant

If you’re looking for the perfect spot to watch Riverfire 2018, there’s no better vantage point than Jellyfish restaurant. Celebrate over a three course menu of your choice and enjoy spectacular views of the fireworks.

New Year’s Eve Events

The Best New Year’s Eve Events In Brisbane & Beyond

New Year’s Eve 2019 will mark the last lunch of the calendar year. Considering the significance of New Year’s Eve, there’s no surprise as to why this is one of our favourite events of the year.

We are set to showcase the best New Year’s Eve events for 2019, beginning with long lunches and finishing with a round up of the best parties.

New Year’s Eve 2019 is sure to be a sell out across the best restaurants, bars and venues, so make sure you book your tickets early to avoid disapointment.

This guide will be updated with a range of New Year’s Eve events over the coming weeks.

Scroll down to view a list of NYE events from last year.

New Year’s Eve Brisbane

 The Fox Hotel’s New Year’s Eve Glitter Ball

Toast to the New Year in style with a first-class ticket to the Fox Hotel’s Glitter Ball. This is an exclusive opportunity to spend New Year’s Eve living it up in luxury. Brisbane’s best NYE party package includes 5-hours of gourmet food and premium beverages. Indulge in an oyster bar while you enjoy Veuve Clicquot Champagne, Glenmorangie Whiskey and Belvedere Vodka. Your Diamond or Gold ticket will provide you with exclusive access to Brisbane’s best rooftop bar and the best seats in the house for the spectacular firework display.

Garden Of Eden New Year’s Eve Party – Eleven Rooftop Bar

Experience a fruitful five-hour package of free flowing Perrier Jouet Champagne, Asahi, spirits, wine and hand crafted cocktails. Give into temptation and tantalise your taste buds with canapes, substantials and devilish dishes from the forbidden feasting station at Eleven Rooftop Bar. This is a must do for anyone looking to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Brisbane.

New Year’s Eve Yacht Themed Party – Darling & Co

Sail into smooth waters and leave the hectic festive season behind for a stylish, yacht themed New Year’s Eve party. New Year’s Eve at Brisbane’s Darling & Co begins at 7pm with a bellini in hand. Uncharted wonders – or more accurately, the night’s canapés – are the first to alert your radar, but setting sail at Darling & Co indicates that far more lies in wait for your evening on deck.

New Year’s Eve Dinner – The Jetty

celebrate New Year’s Eve in Brisbane with the best seats in the house as the sky is brought to life with a spectacular fireworks display. Enjoy excellent food including a three or four course meal from this sensational restaurant in South Bank.

New Year’s Eve Perth: OUR TOP PICKS

New Year's Eve Perth 2017

Speakeasy New Year’s Eve Party – The Royal

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Perth with a night of roaring 20’s elegance and riverside entertainment, at Perth’s favourite waterfront destination. Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a 1920s themed cocktail party, or celebrate the last meal of with a indulgent dinner in the bistro.

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New Year’s Eve – Raffles Hotel

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Perth’s best venue! Watch the sun set over the river and party into the New Year as midnight fireworks light the sky. Book your tickets to the ultimate riverside NYE party with Perth’s best DJs firing up the dance floor. The Al Fresco area will offer a relaxed atmosphere, entertainment, pop up food stalls and for the first time table bookings are available!

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The Italian Job New Year’s Eve Party – Gazette

Channel the glamour of Italy circa 1969, while welcoming this New Year’s Eve at Gazette Osteria & Bar, Print Hall’s newest offering. Sip Prosecco and aperitivo, graze on the finest antipasti, Gazette’s famous pizzas and to finish the evening, a tower of Chef’s hand-crafted cannoli. Party the night away to a selection of Perth’s best DJ’s. You may even see the cheeky cockney, Charlie Crocker slipping through the crowd mid-heist, gold ingots in grasp or a Mini Cooper whizzing by. Capture the best moments of your evening with the Italian Job themed photo set. Tickets to this New Year’s Eve event are limited!

New Year’s Eve Melbourne: Our Top Picks

New Year’s Eve Dinner – The Botanical

Celebrate in style this New Years Eve with an opulent evening of fine food and wine! The Botanical will celebrate one of Melbourne’s best New Year’s Eve events with a 4 course dining package.

New Year’s Eve No 141 – Portsea Hotel

Celebrate New Year’s Eve No. 141 (est. 1876) at Portsea Hotel. As always this event is set to sell out. This is your opportunity to bring in the new year from one of Australia’s most iconic beachside venues with picturesque views like no other.

Christmas Party Ideas 2019

Christmas Lunch Ideas

With the festive season fast approaching, it’s nearly time to start planning your Christmas lunch.

Whether you’re anticipating an all-out, end of year grand slammer, or a quiet and refined Christmas lunch, we’ve assembled the ultimate guide to the best Christmas  Christmas lunch menus for the festive season.

Brisbane’s Best Christmas Party Ideas

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Darling & Co
Indulge in a festive lunch at Darling & Co’s restaurant and choose from a three course set menu that has been inspired by classic Christmas ingredients for just $48pp. A range of function rooms are also available to hire for private Christmas parties and events.

Christmas party ideas

The Fox Hotel
Whether you’ve been naughty or nice – put The Fox Hotel at the top of your wish list this silly season. This function venue has 8 versatile spaces suitable for every taste and budget, alongside a range of festive menus ranging from sit down dining to stand up cocktail parties.

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Eleven Rooftop Bar
Get into the spirit of the silly season and celebrate your office Christmas party at Brisbane’s best rooftop bar. Book a booth and celebrate with up to 20 guests with a 4 hour package, or host a decadent long lunch with a customised set menu. Alternatively, throw your Christmas party on a Sunday against the backdrop of live DJs and spectacular views.

Christmas party ideas

The Jetty South Bank
With sweeping river views and a recently renovated interior, The Jetty South Bank can host Christmas functions for up to 150 people sit-down or 250 people standing. Enjoy a Christmas feast overlooking specular views of the Brisbane River and select two-courses from the Christmas set menu from $45pp.

Il Molo Brisbane Restaurant

iL Molo Italian Kitchen & Bar
Buon Natale! Host your Christmas party in true Italian style surrounded by friends and family sharing a selection of rustic Italian share plates. Indulge in artisanal cheeses, house made pizzas, and slow cooked meats or choose from the Christmas menu from $35pp.

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One Fifty Ascot
Escape the office and treat yourself to a two-course lunch or dinner at Ascot’s latest bar and restaurant from $45pp. Bookings are available for larger groups and the private dining room can also be hired for Christmas parties.

Melbourne Cup Events

Brisbane’s Best Melbourne Cup Events 2019

The first Tuesday in November marks one of the most significant luncheons in our calendar. Prepare to saddle up for Melbourne Cup on Tuesday 5th November, 2019 as we showcase a spectacular range of events at the best restaurants, bars, pubs and venues.

This guide will be updated with more events for Melbourne Cup 2019.

Scroll down to view a list of Melbourne Cup events from last year.

Planning your office Melbourne Cup event is no laughing matter. It’s the longest lunch of the year and there’s a lot more riding on it than just nailing the perfect outfit. So if you’ve been stuck with the night-mare of finding the best Melbourne Cup Brisbane has to offer, then you don’t need to search fur-long, because we’ve put together a list of the best Melbourne Cup events in Brisbane.

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The Fox Hotel
This year the Fox Hotel will be hosting not one, but three different Melbourne cup events for a range of different tastes and budgets. Whether you are looking to escape the office for a quick lunch, or you’ve got the entire afternoon off to enjoy this great Australian tradition, The Fox Hotel will have a package for you.

See more: Melbourne Cup at the Fox Hotel

Darling & Co
Climb aboard for the ride this Melbourne Cup as the mane event makes its way on stage. Pull on those fascinators and ditch the city living for a seriously glam island party at Paddington’s Darling & Co. Dress to impress for an afternoon of racing, all-inclusive dining, live entertainment by DJ Tom Gazal, and a whole day spent rolling the clock back to island time. Two packages will be available including a 3 course seafood luncheon and an extravagant cocktail party package.

See more: Melbourne Cup at Darling & Co

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Eleven Rooftop Bar
Celebrate the race that stops the nation from Brisbane’s best rooftop bar. Enjoy a 4 hour cocktail party package featuring free flowing beverages, canapés and music from some of Brisbane’s best live DJ’s. Dress in your racing best for your chance to win up to $4,000 in prizes.

See more: Melbourne Cup at Eleven Rooftop Bar

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One Fifty Ascot
Escape the office for an indulgent lunch at Ascot’s latest bar and eatery. One Fifty Ascot will be serving up a delicious three course meal featuring the best local and seasonal produce for only $75 per person. Bookings will be available for large groups and the private dining room is also available to hire.

See more: Melbourne Cup at One Fifty Ascot

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The Jetty South Bank
Escape to River Quay’s favourite waterfront restaurant for Melbourne Cup in Brisbane. Be among the first to witness The Jetty’s new look with a three course feast featuring spectacular views of Brisbane’s river and surrounding CBD. Alternatively, host a private event in the new private dining room. Click below for details.

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iL Molo Italian Kitchen & Bar
Celebrate Melbourne Cup at Bulimba’s favourite waterfront restaurant. Back a winner and enjoy a three course lunch with river views for $65pp. The full beverage list will be available and bookings can be made for large groups.

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Brisbane’s Best Melbourne Cup Events 2019

Whether you’re hoping to celebrate Melbourne Cup with a luxurious long luncheon, or a stand up soiree you won’t be caught with a long face in 2019.

Considering the history of Melbourne cup, these winning events are sure to sell out fast, so get in early to secure your place.

Father’s Day Ideas

Brisbane’s Best Father’s Day Ideas

The first Sunday of September marks a special occasion in our lunching calendar. Father’s Day, Sunday 21 September, 2019 provides an an opportunity show our appreciation for their many contributions and characteristics.

If you’re searching for ideas for Father’s Day 2019, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together the ultimate guide to Brisbane’s best Father’s Day events. From long lunches to casual pub dining, this is a showcase of the best restaurants, bistros, bars and grills that are sure to be great Father’s Day ideas.

Just remember to book early for Father’s Day to make sure you get a table.

1. Enjoy A Buffet At Walkabout Creek
Escape to the quieter side of Brisbane and treat dad to a breakfast buffet fit for a king. Situated in the tranquil surrounds of the D’Aguilar Rainforest Reserve, it’s the perfect venue for Dads who like a little peace. If the man loves a sleep in, then book yourselves in for an indulgent à la carte lunch from 12pm onwards.

2. Spoil Dad At The Belvedere Hotel
Spoil Dad this Father’s Day at the Belvedere Hotel. Open from 7:30 am you can celebrate over breakfast, lunch or dinner! With families in mind, all kids eat dinner for free. If he’s a lover of beer, then keep your eyes peeled as they’ll be giving away 10 XXXX brewery Tours to a few lucky men.

3. Celebrate At The Jetty
Settle into to Brisbane’s most spectacular waterfront precinct with a long Father’s Day lunch at The Jetty. This iconic waterfront restaurant boasts a relaxed atmosphere and a fresh twist on modern Australian cuisine. While away the afternoon with international wines, handcrafted cocktails and locally sourced produce.

4. Indulge At One Fifty Ascot
Book a table at One Fifty and treat yourselves to a Father’s Day feast at this stylish yet relaxed eatery. The atrium inspired venue is sure to be a hit, with a large, newly renovated bar and a delicious modern menu, offering a simple twist on all your favourite dishes.

5. Rooftop Dining At Eleven Rooftop Bar
Spend this Father’s Day with your head in the clouds at this popular rooftop venue. Inspired by the rooftop bars of Istanbul and the luxe vibes of Bali’s Potato Head Club, Eleven brings together excellent share plates, first-class cocktails and fantastic city views in one sophisticated, lively space.

6. Waterfront Lunch At iL Molo Bulimba
Celebrate Father’s Day with a waterfront lunch at iL Molo. Gather la Famiglia for a little taste of Italy in this intimate alfresco setting. Enjoy traditional antipasti and aperitifs before moving on to handmade pasta and traditional Italian meals honed to perfection by generations of chefs.

Valentine’s Day Ideas

Brisbane’s Best Valentine’s Day Ideas

Thursday 14th February, 2019 will mark a special occasion in our lunching calendar. Valentine’s Day provides an an opportunity for couples across Australia to show their love for each other.

If you’re searching for ideas for Valentine’s Day in Brisbane, then you’ve come to the right place. We’re in the process of assembling the ultimate guide to Brisbane’s best Valentine’s Day events. From romantic luncheons to casual drinks, we will showcase the best restaurants, bistros and bars that are sure to be great Valentine’s Day ideas.

Just remember to book early for Valentine’s Day. Brisbane’s restaurants are sure to sell out!

Brisbane’s Best Valentine’s Day Ideas For 2019

  • The Jetty South Bank: Make this Valentine’s day magical with an evening of indulgence and spectacular, uninterrupted views across the Brisbane River to the CBD. The exclusive Valentine’s Day menu features a three course set menu for $65 per person.
  • iL Molo Italian Kitchen & Bar: This Valentine’s Day, show your partner how much they mean to you with an authentic Italian meal at Il Molo. Their exclusive Valentine’s Day menu features a three course menu for only $65 per person.
  • Eleven Rooftop Bar: Watch the sun set over Brisbane’s CBD with your loved one and a cocktail in hand, or get a group of friends together and enjoy dinner in one of our booths featuring 270 degree views of Fortitude Valley and the surrounding suburbs.
  • One Fifty Ascot: If you are really looking to impress your special someone for Valentine’s Day you can’t go past a romantic, multi-course meal at Ascot’s favourite restaurant. Their exclusive Valentine’s Day menu features meals made using the best local and seasonal produce. You can choose either a two course option for $50 or a three course menu for $65.
  • Cha Cha Char: Indulge in a romantic feast at Queensland’s favourite steak restaurant. The first sitting runs from 5.30pm – 8.00pm and includes 2 courses for $90pp. The second sitting runs from 8.00pm – late and includes 3 courses $120pp.
  • Jellyfish Restaurant: Share the love over a special menu designed by the award winning team. Indulge in a special shared menu featuring sensational seafood, served alongside spectacular views of Brisbane’s river and Story Bridge.
  • Il Centro: Spoil your loved one with a special dinner at Brisbane’s favourite Italian restaurant, Il Centro. Enjoy award winning fare and stunning views of the Brisbane River.

Mother’s Day Ideas

Brisbane’s Best Mother’s Day Ideas

Sunday 12th May, 2019 marks a special occasion in our lunching calendar. Mother’s Day provides an opportunity show our appreciation for the contributions of our Mums.

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Don’t leave it until the last minute to organise something special for the Mother in your life. If you are stuck for ideas on how to show your appreciation, we’ve put together a list of special Mother’s Day events happening in Brisbane.

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Champagne Brunch At Eleven Rooftop Bar

Make your Mother feel on top of the world with a Champagne brunch at Eleven Rooftop Bar and Restaurant. Guests will be treated to a variety of delicious brunch items washed down with a cheeky glass of G.H Mumm champagne.

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Riverside Lunch at The Jetty

Treat your Mother to an extravagant multi-course lunch while taking in sweeping river and city view. This stunning and recently renovated venue is the ideal place to celebrate Mother’s Day in Brisbane, so get in quick to secure a table.

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Family Breakfast at iL Molo

Enjoy Mother’s Day breakfast by the river with the whole family. Il Molo’s Mother’s Day menu will feature granola, orange juice and four breakfast options. They will also provide a kids menu so everyone is happy.

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Exclusive Luncheon at One Fifty Ascot

Show Mum how special she is by booking a table at the most exclusive Mother’s Day event in Brisbane. One Fifty’s Mother’s Day special includes a two or three-course lunch featuring dishes that were carefully designed just for this event.

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Christmas Party Ideas

Cocktails and Manicures at Darling & Co

Darling & Co is pulling out all the stops for Mother’s Day with a specially designed two-course lunch menu and free manicures with any cocktail purchase. They’ll also be selling $15 flowers for anyone who may have left gift getting to the last minute.

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