How to celebrate Royal Ascot with a virtual party

Frankie Dettori Celebrating

Royal Ascot is the highlight of the entire year for many ladies and gentlemen around the UK and although no race-goers are permitted this year, don’t let that stop you having some fun.

Here are our top tips on how to celebrate Royal Ascot from your home with a virtual party…

Theme the party

Fill your home with colour and vibrancy for Royal Ascot week by hanging signs and horse-racing related art on the walls. Create horse-themed cocktails such as “The Barney Roy”, “The Kew Gardens” and “The Pinatuboat”.

Send out Zoom or Google Hangout party invitations by email to your friends and family, sending them a link, time and date to log on each day.

Follow for the best Royal Ascot tips and decorate your house with the colours of the horse you want to support.

Racing Post annual cocktail party

Champagne and cocktails

We all work hard and often don’t get the opportunity to have a break from the day-to-day life stuff. Ascot week is an opportunity to indulge in some of the finer things in life so get down to the stores and recreate the Ascot experience from your own home.

As mentioned already, whip up horse-themed cocktails and be sure to get the house stocked with plenty of champagne. Create a Zoom-style afternoon tea in the garden an hour before the first race to get everyone in the mood.

Add a bit of a competitive edge to the day by hosting a virtual competition to see who made the best afternoon tea that day.

Champagne Ascot

Invade the wardrobes

Royal Ascot is a very glamorous and sexy occasion, so it’s important to look the part even if it is from the comfort of your own home. Make it a rule that all of your friends and family have to make the effort to put on their best suits and dresses.

Ladies, put on that beautiful expensive dress you have always wanted to wear with a hat or fascinator. Have the camera at the ready to take a lot of photos and share them on your social media platforms, be proud.

Champagne at Royal Ascot

Watch and bet on the races

The cocktails are going down a treat, you are well fed after your afternoon tea and you look like someone you would usually see on the red carpets of Hollywood. It’s now time to get stuck into the races!

There are no high-street bookmakers open so it’s time to open your online account to place all of your Royal Ascot bets. View our Free Bets page where you can avail of the best offers you can find anywhere for the week.

Ascot will be on Sky Sports Racing and ITV Racing and if you want to watch it in the garden, you can watch it online after you place a bet. Share your tips and bets with your fellow virtual party participants.

Le Brivido wins the 2017 Jersey Stakes

Post-racing entertainment

You are just after having a good day on the betting front thanks to so now it’s time to make a jug of Pimms and soak up the sun in the garden with your mates.

Offer to become the quiz master and host an Ascot-themed quiz on Zoom or alternatively, host a cocktail-making competition and the winner gets a bottle of the finest champagne sent to their door for the next day.

There are so many ways you can still enjoy Royal Ascot from home. These are really tough times for everybody but it is important that we make the best of every opportunity presented to us. Enjoy Royal Ascot in style, have fun!

Pitcher of Pimms

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