Hosting a Pizza Party for the Melbourne Cup: Tips and Ideas

The Melbourne Cup is held on the first Tuesday in November every year. Known as one of the most anticipated sporting events in Australia, Melbourne Cup Day is the perfect excuse to throw a party. A Melbourne Cup pizza party at home can be just as exciting. Get together with family and friends for some fun, excitement, and delicious food at this year's neighbourhood event.

Now is the time to start making last-minute preparations for one of Australia's most important horse races.

Here are some tips on how to celebrate the 'race that stops the nation' on November 1st. Think fancy frocks, delicious food, and plenty of champagne!  Who doesn’t love wood fired pizza and champagne!

Choosing your venue

You can host your party at home (especially if you have an al fresco or pool area), hire a venue, or head to a local park or even the beach, depending on your guest list. For outdoor parties, you should consider wet weather options nearby just in case, seating and space, and the capability to cater effectively.  Home is the best option especially if you’ve got an indoor/outdoor kitchen space.

Get Frocked Up

Melbourne Cup 2022 Pizza Party at Home

Melbourne Cup day is one of the biggest frock up days of the year. Include a dress code on your invitations, such as cocktail wear, ties, and tiaras, or an 'all white' theme. Consider throwing a costume party centered around racing greats, jockeys, and royalty.

Food and Feast

Melbourne Cup 2022 Pizza Party at Home

A party isn't complete without food, so food is one of the most important elements. Fortunately, it doesn't have to be complicated. Having tasty platters that are easy to hold and consume will make things more convenient and simpler. 

Related: 3 Wood-Fired Oven Recipes for the Melbourne Cup Party at Home

The fuss should be made on the race, picking the frocks and friends.  Having a pizza party makes it so much easier and when it becomes a social cooking event, all the better.  While your pizza oven is hot there are so many great appetizers you can make in the oven!  There is little to clean up and food that is off the charts delicious. It doesn't get much better than enjoying gourmet pizza with your friends while watching. And while you're betting on the winning horse, your friends can bet on the winning pizza! 

An outdoor pizza oven will be perfect for cooking at this event. Regardless of where you host your party in Australia, whether it's in Melbourne, Sydney, or anywhere else, having a party only enhances socializing time. 

Related: Achieving the Perfect Pizza Dough

Organize Fun Novelty Games

You can keep everyone entertained until the big race by playing games. Create your own sweepstakes, play horseshoe Quoits, play 'pin the tail on the horse or jockey', divide everyone into trivia teams and create your own Melbourne Cup quiz, or play charades with famous horse names as the theme.

A mock-up version of fashions can be hosted on the field, complete with runways for models, music designed to appeal to the guests' demographic, and prizes for the best dressed.

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Get everyone ready for the start

This is the whole point of the party! The most important thing is to prepare for the big race at 3pm by setting up the TV or the radio. Get everyone together for the start, and set up the visual aids so everyone can see them when the race starts. You know there is nothing worse than not being able to turn on the TV when the event is about to begin! Afterward, kick off your heels to celebrate this year's winner. 

You can make Melbourne Cup Day more enjoyable by organizing some sweeps so everyone can get into the mood.


After the race, it is important to make sure everyone gets home safely once the race is over. The best way to wrap up Melbourne Cup festivities is to make sure that transport is available for those who need a lift.


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