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Melbourne Cup Day Checklist: The Office Edition

28 Oct 2015

Bring the goods and get ready for a party because there’s no need to let being stuck in the office keep you from celebrating the populous Australian event of Melbourne Cup Day. Lucky for you, we’ve tracked all the hotspots in the Brisbane CBD for providing services your workplace will need on this sparkling (pretty much crazy) day. Here, we give you the essential guide to everything you need for hosting an epic event in the office.


Keep things fresh with Sumo Salad whom offer catering for the entire office where you can choose from their ‘No Fuss Packages’ for a large salad bowl that’ll feed five people as a main or can be consumed by 10 people as a side. Available choices here include gluten-friendly favourites like the Pesto Chicken & Avocado and the Sweet Roasted Pumpkin & Beetroot, vegetarian power players like Super Kale & Quinoa and the Mediterrean Falafel & Couscous, or treat the group to a classic with the Teriyaki Marinated Chicken or the Pepper Smoked Salmon Caesar.

And of course with such a prosperous selection, dessert is a must. Thankfully TopJuice have you covered. Depending on how many workers there are, you can order a fruit basket ranging from small-sized for four people up until the premium size which serves 15, or arrange for a tray of chocolate dipped strawberries, a fruit salad platter or a yoghurt tray. Talk about a banquet! For a full list, head here.

Feeling Asian food instead? Head to FantAsia for premium plates which includes a menu of Platters and an alternative menu of Mini Bowls + Pearl Platters. Both menus are made to feed and satisfy up to 8 people. Select a Pearl Platter which consists of Steamed Dim Sims, Pan-Fried Gyozas and Spring Rolls, or indulge in the Mekong Platter with Steamed Dim Sims, Pan-Fried Gyozas, Spring Rolls, Chinese BBQ Pork and Panko Prawns especially ideal for the meat and seafood lovers. And that’s not all, head here for even more menu options.

Chips, Dips, Soft Drinks

Later on into the day, the chances are you’ve had a few drinks and you’re ready to devour the junk stash. So, lighten up the place with the essential mix of chips, dips and soft drinks where you’ll find a wide and affordable selection available at your nearest Woolworths. If you’re going for Doritos, dips are a must.

Party Supplies

What’s a party without decorations?! Get in the mood and get the good times rolling with balloons, streamers, banners, confetti, party cups and plates and loads more. And if you’re feeling it, why not dress up in a costume? For all the party favours you need in the one place, visit Big W for a party that won’t break the bank.


It probably goes unsaid, but you’ll need a lot of booze. Any workplace is naturally filled with a whole bunch of characters so you’re going to have to try and keep everyone happy. The prima donna will probably request white wine, while your average Joe will probably want a nice cold one. For a rich and diverse range of spirits, wines, champagnes and beers, visit BWS.


Boost your energy and prepare to start your cure early because you’re in for a long day of drinking, shouting and if there’s a lot of losing, there may even be a few tears or drunken sobs. For headache tablets and other pain relief products, visit Priceline, or get motivated with a vital energy booster or supplement here.


While your workspace may not be the Taj Mahal of offices, you can still spruce up the place up with a TV that you’re bound to keep after watching the races on it. JB Hi-Fi offers a huge selection of TVs here starting as cheap as $149 so you can even round up your workmates and chip in for a screen, or you can up the spirit and buy some wireless speakers for the perfect background music!


It’s a pretty huge day and so you’ll want to feel fresh. After just 45 minutes at professional makeup application salon Brazilian Beauty, you’ll be ready to celebrate looking gorgeous and feeling flawless. Or if you’re running out of time and in a hurry, try their fast 4-minute makeover.

Unleash your inner Latina after a spray tan so caliente you’ll look as though you’ve just come back from Copacabana! You won’t have to worry about looking like an oompa loompa because at Brazilian Beauty, therapists apply spray tans using a premium, organic natural tan with a green base for resulting in natural-looking bronze and sun kissed skin. And if you need a few things done, they also provide superior hair removal services where you can get that last minute but oh so needed waxing done.

Limited time? Get everything fast at MacArthur Central Shopping Centre where you’ll find all of the above stores. So what’re you waiting for? Let the races begin!