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Celebrate Royal Ascot Ladies Day

Fancy celebrating a quintessential British occasion, but can’t get to the races? Royal Ascot is, of course, the highlight of the British racing calendar and also an important calendar date in the Summer Season. So, why not host an informal Ladies Day (tomorrow) or ‘Gold Cup’ party at home with a dress code to include a hat, or maybe even include a simple ‘hat making’ session and have another excuse to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday all in one? After all, this is the big-hat act of the Summer Season! Send out those impromptu invitations via email or text today.

The professional domestic cleaners, MOLLY MAID, recommend that you carry out the following steps to make the most of celebrating Royal Ascot Ladies Day at home and really get into the spirit of joining in one the season’s most celebrated occasions.

1) Decoration

Firstly, work out where the party will be and what the weather may be like. Ideally, you will want to have a television on to not only to watch the racing, but also to spot the Queen and all the marvellously outrageous outfits. Whether you decide to have a television on a patio or a terrace (watch those extension cables) or have it inside, it is essential to have it switched on! Secondly, true red, white and blue bunting is also a must when celebrating a quintessentially British occasion. Think about arranging some beautiful flowers either to match the red, white and blue theme, or indeed picked from an English country garden. Then, dig out your best tea party china and three-tiered cake stand – these are a must on such a traditional day. It may be advisable to have a few champagne flutes to hand also for some fizz to celebrate your winnings!

2) Food

What could be more fitting than an afternoon tea, which is even passable in the evening if you are having an evening party with footage recorded from the daytime? Savoury sandwiches such as egg and cress or smoked salmon are all palatable at any time followed by some delicious Victoria sponge cake and scones and jam for example. This is a chance to be as simple or elaborate as you wish adding pastries, more cakes and traditional try bakes to the spread if so desired.

3) Drink

No Ladies’ Day party would be a party without a glass of fizz, but perhaps a twist on the traditional is also welcome. Include the option of a glass of Pimms with delicately chopped up fruit and a jug of Ice Tea instead of hot tea, which can be served as a refreshing alternative.

4) Dress Code

One aspect we all look forward to seeing on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot is the fabulous outfit and equally flamboyant hat combinations. It wouldn’t be a ‘Ladies Day’ party without a dress code to include a hat! Try encouraging your guests to come in frocks, suits and colourful hats and remember to take plenty of photos.

5) Party Trick

For an extra dimension to your party and to add to the millinery experience, set up a spare table with a simple set of instructions, some decorating accessories such as feathers, ribbons, sparkles and even some flowers. Remember to source a couple of ‘unloved’ hats from charity shops – perhaps ask your guests to bring an old hat each. Then, set about following these simple instructions:

Good luck and have fun!