Monday, November 1, 2010

Melbourne Cup for Kids

Here in Melbourne, we take our Melbourne Cup Carnival pretty seriously.

It marks the start of spring, the start of the warmer weather (in theory - not always in practice!) and the start of the festive party season.

Since having children, the Cup Carnival has gone from being about; hats, marquees, champagne at 11am, picnic baskets full of goodies and heels, and more about trying to find family friendly ways to enjoy it all with kids in tow {generally impossible!}

In response to this, over the past few years Stakes Day (November 6th this year) has become a popular choice and it's now promoted as the Family Day of the Carnival. Flemington becomes family friendly for the day and includes activities and entertainment for the kids, along with the usual horse racing fun for the adults.

It seems to allow the best of both worlds.

One of the most popular features of Stakes Day is the Junior Fashions on the Field, with kids as young as 6 able to enter.

Long popular with young ladies everywhere, kids can now get in on the act - and let me tell you, these kids take it seriously! Think gorgeous dresses, headpieces, hats, little purses and lots of super cute ballet flats.

How adorable are they.... the little boys in their suits and swish little hats... awwww bless!

{Fashions on the Field photo's are courtesy of the Melbourne Cup website


If you are looking to have your own Junior Fashions on the Field, check out some of these fashions (both dresses are Big from Fiona Scanlan) from our friends at Little by Little and headpieces from Little Miss Fascinated.

Perfect for your little fashionista!

Enjoy your Cup Carnival and here's hoping your tips come up winners!

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