Spring in Melbourne means two things – unpredictable weather, and one of the highlights of the social calendar, the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Perhaps you’re part of a racing syndicate, or you’ve been invited to rub shoulders with Melbourne’s social set in The Birdcage.
Whether you spend the day in Flemington’s exclusive Members’ Enclosure or enjoy a more laid back champagne breakfast in the car park, it’s all about the fillies and the fascinators.
Imagine your ultimate day at the races… you’re wearing that perfect race day ensemble, shoes which combine high style with comfort, an eye-catching hat – you’re a favourite to enter Fashions On The Field, and win.
Your driver arrives promptly and you and your husband, and the rest of your race day party are ushered into a luxury vehicle for the drive to the iconic racecourse.
No need to worry about the kids, they’re being kept entertained, running the three-legged race version of the Melbourne Cup, under expert supervision. As a matter of fact, your very experienced nanny has already done a number of fun activities with the kids and made them a much simpler version of your lunch, sans champagne.
As you arrive at the track, a small marquee has been set up in the car park where your limo pulls up – a delicious buffet has been laid on, and a waiter has a tray of bubbly at the ready.
What could be better than this?
Every detail seen to, and for a change, you haven’t had to do a thing.
You enjoy the sunshine, the gourmet food and another glass of champagne, and make your way into the racecourse, where more than 100,000 people have come to soak up the atmosphere of the Carnival.
As the sun sets and the day comes to an end, your circle of friends decide to go into town for dinner. Usually you would have to rush home to the kids, but remembering that you told the nanny agency that you may stay out later, you can sit back and relax while your driver negotiates the traffic.
Your ultimate day at the races ends with a night of fine dining with friends, and you arrive home well after the kids have been bathed, fed and are well and truly asleep in bed.
Ah what could be better.
The Help On The Way team