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Melbourne Cup party ideas from invitations to parting gifts. By JACQUI PORTER The spring racing calendar is certainly heating up, which means celebrations and parties. Instead of schlepping it to the tracks this year, why not have a go at throwing your own amazing racing party to rival the marquees. Here are seven tips that will transform your party and leave your guests feeling like celebrities. 1. Invites. First and foremost, you need to decide who is going to be attending your spring racing bash. It’s always good to have at least one person who knows something about horse racing for some background knowledge. It’s also nice to have some friends who like dressing up, because what better excuse to rock a frock than race time? And lastly, everyone has a friend who likes to yell loudly at the TV screen during race time. As for the invites themselves, step it up a little and set the tone for a special day. Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by Dan Murphy’s. 2.

Stick with a two colour theme and apply it to everything. 3. 4. 5. Tadka Dal — Spiced Indian Lentils. Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup. No matter the weather, I love using my slow cooker. I also love making soup. Especially soup that can be made in the slow cooker.

WIN! School is starting here on Thursday, and this is the perfect weeknight meal. This soup is a bit healthier than my other varieties, I didn’t put any cheese or cream IN the soup. But c’mon. Like this Soup recipe? Check out this collection of soup recipes at Tidy Mom Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup Ingredients 1 lb chicken breasts, boneless, skinless 3 cup chicken broth 10oz can red enchilada sauce 15oz can black beans, drained and rinsed 15oz can sweet kernel corn, drained 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp garlic salt 1 Tbsp minced onion 1 lime, juiced garnish tortilla strips, cheddar cheese, sour cream, etc Instructions In large slow cooker, add all ingredients.