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How to style for a Melbourne Cup lunch

It’s been a while since I did a post, but with Spring here and the racing season kick starting soon, I have been thinking of a horse racing themed party or a spring party that would bring the bright spring colours to life. For inspiration I turned to to the beautiful flowers and warmth of the sun! So here’s how I would go about decorating and styling a tablescape for a Melbourne Cup lunch at home.


Always start from the centre of your dining table and always think of a centre piece, this is the hero of your table and will bring together the entire theme you are planning or will let you decide how your tablescape looks at the end.

LVB Tip - Use a tall vase with lots of flowers, if you don't know where to make a start or use a vintage wooden box or trophies to fill them up with flowers for your theme.


You definitely need a table runner to bring it all together, sometimes you can give cloth napkins a miss ( paper napkins will do). But make sure you tiny trophies or cute horses set around the table or even horse shoe. I like to throw the table runner along and love to keep it as rustic as possible. Use stencils or cut outs of horses that you can colour in gold and place them on each plate as a name tag or decorate the tablescape with a few of these props!

LVB Tip - Sometimes you can get away with a few essential accessories as long as your decor is inviting and beautiful!


I love to use soft pastel colours like light grey, blush and whites f you’re throwing the party at home, I’d stick to soft pastel colours like blush, mint and grey. I use a lot of flowers as my centrepiece for the table decor and then the elements just flow on from there. I left most of the colour in my tablescape to the florals and everything else is mostly white and I let my farmhouse style dining table and chairs add the extra oomph!

LVB Tip - Remember to stick to your colour scheme, if you don't have one then you need to fix one before you go any further.

I have created a simple tablescape that is easy to create and the best part is, it's a budget friendly way to re-create your very own lunch party for the Melbourne Cup day. This day is all about fashion and style, but don't forget about the Melbourne Cup race time and the 2018 Melbourne cup horses.

Photo credit - Style me Pretty

Let the races begin! Till next time...



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