Dressing the Part

May 27, 2009 at 5:56 pm (Vintage Party Planning) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

There is something absolutely fabulous about vintage dress. The glamorous femininity, the change from the modern garb to a unique silhouette is like a breath of fresh air. When you look in the mirror and see your hair fingerwaved to perfection, your makeup bold and different, your dress a fine silk with delicate lace trimming emphasized by the fine pearl ornaments that drape around your neck; you feel a different kind of beautiful. It’s as if you’re a part of history, playing a particular role during a ravishing time.

On the other hand, it’s just fun to dress up.

There are so many different kinds of vintage inspired parties and event that you can throw. Each decade provides numerous themes that can be transformed into fantastic occasions. Below is a very brief summary of these themes, which I will later delve into.

1900-1919:    Edwardian era          Tea party, Garden Party, Grand Ball, Large dinner party

1920-1929:    Roaring Twenties, Jazz Age          Flapper party, Dinner and a Murder, Masquerade Party, New Years Eve, Speakeasy party, Gangster Party, Movie Icon Party

1930-1939:    The Great Depression, Pre-War Era       Hollywood Party, Masquerade, Gangster Party, Movie Icon Party, New Years Eve

1940-1949:    WWII, Post War Era         Big Band party, Pin-up Girl Party, Movie Icon Party, Gangster Party, Dances, Dinner party, Christmas, New Years Eve

1950-1959:    Cold War       Sock hop, Rock n Roll party, Dinner party, I Love Lucy, Movie and TV Show Icon Party, Cocktail Party, Elegant Cocktail Party, Las Vegas Party, Rat Pack Party, Pin-up Girl party, Garden party

I will go through each decade and give as detailed “how-to’s” as possible. Note: All of these themed parties would also make fun and memorable wedding themes as well.


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