Well what a whopper of a week it has been at the 2015 Melbourne Cup Carnival! As the week comes to an end, I reflect back on where I spent my time, and amongst the mayhem of the Birdcage, I found bliss and ease in the hidden gem of the Swisse Wellness marquee. Swisse Wellness are no stranger to hosting a room of beautiful people, and doing so in style. So it comes as no surprise, that the carnival featuring the race that stops the nation, was no different!

With an incredible upstairs final-stretch trackside position and a captivating and alluring decor, Australia’s top wellness brand really took things up a notch, attracting the beautiful of beautiful people, and once again succeeding in becoming a Birdcage favourite. A collaboration by The Block’s interior designer Matt Martino and stylist/blogger/superwoman Margaret Zhang would leave guests predicting the utmost best for the marquee and my oh my were expectations exceeded! The two designers combined to bring a glamorously oriental aura into the marquee following the vitamin company’s recent success in China. The deep red furnishing, custom wallpaper, and “birdcage inside the birdcage” concept all added to the amazing design of the marquee, quite possibly leaving it the most exceptional marquee in the birdcage! Even those passing could be heard being curious as ever as to what was hidden inside the superfood giant’s hideout!

The marquee was the perfect place to spend the day, and with a buzzing yet relaxed vibe, it was hard to find a reason to leave! It proved to be the ultimate space to escape the fast paced madness of the birdcage, and really indulge in what the Melbourne Cup Carnival is all about – great food, great company, and of course, great races. With delicious canapés making the rounds, tunes by Rochelle Fox and Demi Byrant, and lush greenery and exotic artwork filling the marquee, sheer brilliance is an absolute understatement. The 3pm yum-cha menu kept guests on their toes eager to entertain their tastebuds, and the Vitamin C and superfood jelly shots left guests feeling healthy and fresh after a day of sipping bubbly all day long.

Overall, the Swisse Marquee presented to be one of a kind, with the Crème de la crème opting for the marquee as their destination to witness the race that stops the nation. The stylish, the sporty, and all round beautiful people (including exclusive Swisse International guests Kevin Dillion and Hilary Swank) nestled themselves within this stylish marquee to enjoy the carnival with laughter, fun, and hospitality like no other could! Guests left the carnival feeling well fed, well socialised, and healthy as ever!

Swisse sure know how to host a marquee to be discussed in years to come, and if this year is anything to go by, I expect we will be seeing great things at next years 2016 Melbourne Cup Carnival!





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