Melbourne Cup Spring Carnival Events Styled by SPEs

Celebrating Australia’s Premier Horse Race in Style

The Melbourne Cup, Australia’s most prestigious Thoroughbred horse race, is an event that captures the imagination of the nation. This year, Show Pony Events had the privilege of bringing the spirit of this famous race to the Hotel Realm Canberra, Leyla Bar at The Burbury, and The Albi at Woden – all part of the Doma Hotel Group. Our mission: to create a Spring racing carnival atmosphere that matched the excitement and elegance of the Melbourne Cup itself.

A Fresh and Vibrant Spring Ambiance

Recognising the Melbourne Cup’s celebrated spot in Australia’s sporting traditions, our goal was to channel the vibrant spirit of the Spring racing season. With a clear and vibrant brief in hand, we set out to create an atmosphere filled with colour and imaginative floral designs, bringing springtime to the forefront.

Harmonising with Hotel Realm’s Elegance

When styling events, we believe in complementing the inherent beauty of a venue. For the Hotel Realm, this meant carefully reading its interior decor, noting the furnishing and colour palette, and ensuring our props and floral arrangements synergised seamlessly. Our approach is always about enhancing, never overshadowing.

Bringing the Event to Life

The event space came alive with an array of features:

  • Fresh Florals: Bursting with colour, our fresh floral arrangements captured the vibrancy of the Spring racing season.
  • Silk Florals: Adding a touch of lasting elegance, our silk florals were a nod to timeless beauty.
  • Custom Bars: Designed to integrate with the overall theme, our bespoke bars were more than just functional; they were central pieces in their own right.
  • Photo Backdrops: Understanding the social nature of the Melbourne Cup, we created stunning backdrops perfect for capturing memories.
  • Cocktail Furniture: Our carefully selected furniture added a chic touch, encouraging guests to mingle in style.
  • Event Draping: The final flourish came with our event draping, transforming the entry foyer for that first wow factor when entering.

A Picture-Perfect Day

We pride ourselves on creating experiences that resonate and create a lasting impression long after the event. These Melbourne Cup events were no exception, and we look forward to bringing many more such events to life.


Flower HQ Canberra – floral supplier
Hotel Realm, Canberra
Doma Hotel Group
The Leyla Bar
The Albi at Woden
The Ostani
Louis Canberra
Art Atelier Photography

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