Marks & Spencer: Derby Day At Home

Jessica Viscarde, Creative Director

British retailer, Marks & Spencer have recently launched a new online store for Australian customers, bringing the sophisticated range down under and to celebrate I have put together a table spread just in time for Spring Racing, in particular Derby Day at Home. 

Derby Day in Australia is traditionally of black and white dress-code, creating a classic and sophisticated aesthetic and foundation. If you are entertaining at home, this Spring Racing season, you can reflect and style this tradition through your chosen table design with the latest Marks and Spencers homewares.


I chose the Sue Timney range of Dinner and Side plates to begin the foundation of the table. The black and white detail were just perfect to suit the Derby Day theme and I pared these with the Lace Border napkins which are a beautiful off white linen/cotton blend. I particularly love the lace detail, it adds a sense of sophistication and old-world charm to the table spread. To compliment the look I chose the Sue Timney Graphic Tea towel as an additional layer on the table.

To reflect the Derby Day theme begin with a black and white base.


It’s time to celebrate, it’s Derby Day after all, so there will definitely be champagne! I chose the elegant and timeless Nouveau Champagne saucers made from cut crystal glass. I love the idea of using something other than a flute to drink Champagne, and these saucer shaped glasses are just perfect for the occasion. They add sparkle and height to your tablescape. These come in a two pack and make the that ca-ching sound when toasting. So fabulous!

I also couldn’t go past the Embossed Brass Bird Jug – seriously, everyone needs one of these, it adds interest, and bang on trend with the copper. Use it for water, soft drink or Sangria! Either way, this jug is my favourite and will be on show in my home, even when not entertaining, at all times!


Every table, in my opinion needs a talking point – it starts conversation and adds a focal point to your design. I couldn’t go past the Pegasus vase and filled it with beautiful white roses. How fitting to find a horse shaped vase for Spring Racing season? This guy will right at home on my shelf when not on my dining table; the vase is heavy and sturdy and about a rulers length high.

 Every table, in my opinion needs a talking point – it starts conversation and adds a focal point to your design.”


To offset all the black and white I created a really simple centrepiece using layers of fresh, green leafy foliage from my local florist and then nestled artichoke flowers of different sizes to add detail and embellishments to the arrangement. The green tones work beautifully with the monochrome base and is a really affordable style tip, that you can do easily and effortlessly arrange on the morning of the party.


I used the Resin Tray in black to display the delectable desserts and decided to show them off. The black created the perfect contrast to the pop of red from the strawberries and complimented by tableware. This dish is really versatile, and a great size to easily pass around the table when eating and entertaining.


I love the idea of giving my guests a thoughtful little gift after the party and these Porcelain Trinket  Trays are a great idea. Use them to style the table during the party and they can also be used in place of name cards, provided you don’t have too many guests starting with the same letter! Regardless, who doesn’t love a personalised detail – available in every letter – they have gold detailing and vary in patterns.

These little trinket trays make the perfect take-home personalised gift for your guests.

Marks and Spencer ships direct from the UK and I was super surprised how quick the delivery times were. I received my order within the week, so there is still plenty of time to place your order in time for Derby Day and entertain in style.

Dinner Plates  | Sue Timney Stripe Dinner Plate

Side Plates | Sue Timney Stripe Side Plate

Vase | Pegasus Vase

Napkins | Lace Border Napkin 4 Pack

Tea Towel | Sue Timney Graphic Tea Towel

Glassware | Nouveau 2 Pack Champagne Saucer

Jug | Embossed Brass Bird Jug

Tray | Resin Smaller Tray New

Small Dishes | J Trinket Tray


This Collaboration is supported by Marks and Spencer Australia & Shopping Links. All opinions are my own. 

Styling and Images by Jessica Viscarde

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