Last weekend I was lucky enough to attend "stakes"day
In Melbourne,for the Victorian spring racing carnival,
as a guest of Mumm champagne.
The theme this year was inspired by the famous French dance club the "Moulin Rouge."
The dancers were flown in from Paris to perform their show on a stage built especially for them,
inside a Moulin Rouge style marquee,
complete with the signature windmill
and all the French styling inside
Sabrage is an old French custom from Napoleon times,
When his soldiers won a battle they would celebrate by shearing off the whole head of a champagne bottle with a single clean stroke of their blade,
One of the nice momentos of my day was receiving my sabrage champagne bottle top in a small red velvet pouch with an official sabrage certificate,
(it looks especially lovely with a bunch of fragrant roses
I couldn't resist pinching on the way in to the birdcage area)
A leopard doesn't change his spots!!!!
Our friends Lou and Jeff were guests as well,
which made it even more fun to have a girlfriend to giggle and dance with as we sipped on French champagne all day,
We lost all our money on horses with ridiculous names, and nibbled on very yummy French cuisine,
Too much fun!!