Top Tips for hosting a Grand National Themed House Party

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It’s that time of year again, the great British past time the Grand National 2016. Ladies day takes place this Friday the 8th April and to celebrate we have collated our top hosting tips for a home dinner party fit for a lady but on a modest budget.

  1. Table decor

Although we love the outfits and the champagne the main attraction is of course the horses. Why not themed your dinner table with some plastic horse toys. To make these wonderful place holders, you will need a bag of plastic horses, a can of black chalk spray paint as well as some chalk to write your guests names. Simply spray the horses black and place them aside to dry, once dry write your guests names and place around the table. So simple yet so elegant.

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Another great touch to your Grand National party is, of course, bunting. There is a wide variety of bunting available for any style of party, but we love this elegant bunting available here.

bunting

 

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There is nothing quite like a beautiful centre piece and we love this idea of using a trophy as a vase. Whether you go small like the one pictured below, or use a bigger trophy for a more elaborate centre piece, this is a wonderful touch to any table.

centre

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2. Fine Dining 

It is not all canapes and oysters at the races. Many spectators will bring a picnic and finger snacks are so delicious. We like the idea of horse themed snacks. Ones similar to those pictured below can be made by using shaped cookie cutters and iced to suit the horse you’re betting on at the Grand National.

 

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For party snacks that can be left around the viewing area, placing crisps or pretzels in a bucket named ‘Trail Mix’ is a great way to get into the spirit of the Grand National.

trail

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Carrot soup, roasted carrots or carrot cake would also be a great way to feed your guests while playing on the carrot theme.

 3. Toasting the Winners!

What is a party without some drinks? As always, the best racing party drinks would of course be Pimms. However, for those who enjoy something a bit bubblier, why not try a bit of champagne? Decorating mason jars with miniature horse emblems is a great way to bring the Grand National theme to your event.

jars

 

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