From Fashions on the Field to Event Theming: 2016 Spring Racing Event Trends

The Spring Racing Carnival is the signature series of racing events in Australia. Inspired by this season’s fashions, Forum Group Events’ passionate experience creators have translated the catwalk styles into event theming looks that can be applied to corporate events of any scope. The most reknown on the racing events calendar is the Spring Racing Carnival including the illustrious race meets; Caulfield Cup Day, Cox Plate Day, Victoria Derby Day, Melbourne Cup Day, Stakes Day and Crown Oaks Day – the event carnival has become synonymous with glamorous fashion, indulgence in fine champagne and gorgeous interior designs within the corporate marquees and venues across the country. It’s time to think ahead and plan – which stylish event trends can you bring to your next corporate function.

Spring is in the air

Let the season be your inspiration. For corporate event planners, starting their preparations early, think bright, bold colours and native Australian flora. Forum Group Events’ team brings a wealth of styling ideas and creativity to any corporate event function. From coordinating the concept development, to sourcing the venue, props, flowers, display accessories,  furniture, artwork and even astro turf for the flooring – our team will help you pull together the spring look and feel. Use exaggerated racing props, customised signage and graphics and bold coloured furniture to ensure the Spring Carnival theme works for you.

Think Derby Day with a twist – Monochrome plus a colour

Black and white event themes have been a long time Spring Racing Carnival favourite. Inspired by the dress code for Derby Day, FGE can develop the monochrome event theme by using table linen and draping effectively. We will source fantastic props, for example metallic horseshoe centrepieces, that will make a statement when combined with a bouquet of spring foliage and add a mirrored base underneath for extra glamour. If you are looking to add in your corporate colours to the palette, monochrome can be broken up with a feature colour. FGE can advise on the racing day florals and colours weaving them into your event theme. Caulfield Cup Day features a white rose, Cox Plate Day has a Cecil Brunner rose, Victoria Derby Day has a blue cornflower, Melbourne Cup Day has a yellow rose and Crown Oaks day has a pink rose. FGE can boost your client engagement by organising a betting pool for your guests!


Rustic Country Racing Flare

The Forum Group Events team of experience creators will work with you to create an organic and authentic rustic event setting. We can source fantastic and on-theme props such as garden accessories like wheelbarrows, watering pots and herb gardens. Hay bales and corrugated iron walls will add to the look. This event trend can emphasise your commitment to sustainability when you use recycled paper invitations and stationery and even up-cycled decor pieces. For outdoor events, marquee sourcing and fit out can be arranged and FGE has access to a national network of strategic alliances to maximise the impact of your time and budget resources.

Dress for Success

To add some Spring Carnival authenticity to your corporate function advise your guests on an appropriate dress code.  Stylish hats and fanciful millinery for the ladies are always popular however, see our guide below for track side dress codes to suit your Spring Racing theme:

Derby Day – monochrome (black or white colour palette) for men and women’s wear. Melbourne Cup Day – bright and bold colour choices are welcome on this day. Crown Oaks Day – Ladies Day. Feminine fashions for the ladies are always in style on this racing day. Stakes Day – think summery, relaxed, family orientated race day wear.

Racing to plan an event?

Contact the Forum Group Events team to discuss your brief. From venue selection, theming and concept development, event marketing, project management and attendee engagement, the FGE team can elevate your brand and deliver a memorable event.

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