After watching Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist, I quickly became obsessed with the 1920s era. More specifically, I became obsessed with the fashion. I wanted to wear it all. The best excuse I could come up with was to throw a 20s party to celebrate my 29th birthday, my last year in the decade. So last week, I did.
My dress is the Moira Dress by BB Dakota (found at Bloom by the amazing Amanda Abrams). It was everything I was looking for. Soft in color, silky, fringy and most importantly, loose fitting (the women of the 1920s de-emphasized their feminine frame for the very first time).
The blingin’ cigarette holder and fake cigarette are a gift from Risa of Really Risa (Thanks, girl!). And my headpiece is hand-made using a simple headband from CVS, a gray ostrich feather and a hair clip from A.C. Moore.
Tanya’s dress (third from the right) is clearly a stand-out. Find it at uniquevintage.com among lots of other gorgeous vintage pieces. Tanya also deserves all the credit for my faux bob hairdo. She’s a miracle worker.
Alright, enough about clothes. Let’s talk about the important stuff. Liquor.
I set up a bar consisting of vodka, gin and red wine. But since this party was set during the prohibition, I covered each bottle with paper bags from the liquor store. Then I labeled each with name cards set in the Hemingway typeface (it only seemed appropriate). The beautiful stemware is from my Grandma Janie’s china cabinet. And of course there were mason jars for the guys.
And no party is complete without a framed chalkboard, am I right? Though, since this was a last minute addition, I actually used black paper and no glass, instead of painting the glass with chalkboard paint. And no one noticed the difference. Who knew. Plus, now I get to re-use the picture frame as, well, a picture frame.
Last but not least, the food. I went crazy with candy. 1920s candy, of course. Charleston Chews, Baby Ruths, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Gummy Bears (or Dancing Bears as they were called back then), Dubble Bubble, Mr. Goodbar, Mounds and Hostess Cupcakes were all invented in the 20s.
Much thanks and love to my friends who so willingly played along with this idea.
And to Really Risa, Amanda Abrams and Doug Keith for taking lots of pictures, as I found myself totally overwhelmed.
So tell me, have you thrown a 1920s theme party? Link us to some pics in the comments. We’d love to see!