Happy Fourth of July!
This will be my first week taking part in the Throwback Thursday Linky Party brought to us by The First Grade Parade. I know, I know my post doesn’t have to do with education but I figured since Mr. Blue Eyes party happened a long time ago I could make my post a throwback party Thursday. It works, right? 😉
Mr. Blue Eyes turned 30 last November, hence the reason that I am posting this on Throwback Thursday. In November I planned a bit of a swanky, surprise party with all of our closest friends and family. The Great Gatsby has been Mr. Blue Eyes favorite book since high school which is why I decided to go with the Roaring 20s theme. Our family and friends are also great sports and I knew they would go all out with costumes! : )
Goodbye to His Roaring 20’s … And Rolling into His 30’s
Roaring 20s Invitations
I decided to head to Etsy in search of a graphic artist that could create the invitations for Mr. Blue Eye’s party. If you read my wedding invitation post (Here) you know that I like to take my time with invites because they set the tone for your party. For my past few shindigs I have gone to Etsy and found amazing artists who create a PDF and then send it directly to my email. Then I can bring the PDF to Office Depot (or any office or copy store) to have them print it for an unbelievably reasonable price!
The artist that I used was MTipsy.etsy.com. The artist (Michelle) was so accommodating and worked very fast! I saw one of her invitations on Pinterest which led me to her Etsy shop. I loved the design and knew I had to have it for the party.
Roaring 20s Decorations
The party was taking place at my in-laws and we decided that we were going to create a swanky, club atmosphere, on a budget of course. The color scheme was black, white and cream with a few pops of red. I went very basic and headed to the dollar store. Dollar Tree has party plates, napkins and tablecloths in plain basic colors. I chose all black and white. Then I went to a party store and picked up a few odds and ends like strands of pearls and cigarette holders to place around the tables. I purchased the candy cigarettes online to add a fun touch for the guests. To finish off the tables I added white roses and lilies.
Roaring 20s Costumes
I think I spent the longest time choosing our costumes for the party! Again Mr. Blue Eyes didn’t know about this party so I had to choose his costume without him knowing. As I was searching the web I found the most adorable 20s baseball player outfit and because Mr. Blue Eyes played baseball in high school and college I knew he would feel comfortable wearing the classic pinstripes! As the hostess I wanted a dress that would stand out. I did not just want the prepackaged 20s costume. I began my search on Ebay, which was loaded with amazing dresses. My search was narrowed down when I found this long sleeved, red fringe number. When it arrived it was a bit long and boxy (that is the tough part about Ebay because you never really know what you are getting). That is why I added a wide black belt, which helped to give me a drop waist look. I accessorized with long pearls, a black hat (Target), tights (Wisconsin is seriously cold in November) and a pair of black pumps. Baby Blue could not be left out so I ordered her a matching red fringe costume.
Roaring 20s Party Food
Because the swanky surprise was happening during the dinner hour I knew I had to have some yummy, goodness being served. It was also important that it was easy and would stay hot! I decided on Meatball subs (in the crock pot, oh yeah!), caesar salad and then some assorted appetizers. Of course we had to have cake for dessert because Mr. Blue Eyes has a major sweet tooth. For the meatball subs all I did was get the frozen meatballs from Costco and a few giant containers of Prego spaghetti sauce. Then I put them both into the crock pot and added a bit of water to thin the sauce out. I am all about seasoning so I added parmesan cheese and italian seasoning for flavor. Then I laid out provolone and mozzarella cheese for guests to use on their subs. The food was a serious hit. We did not have a single morsel left over (I am not sure if that is good, I hope everyone got enough to eat ).
Again I headed to Pinterest for some classic 20s drink recipes and found the Sloe Gin Fizz. Oh my word….Seriously, delicious. My sweet sister in-law got the drink ready in the dispenser prior to our arrival and I was in love with my first swig! I highly recommend this cocktail for any of your upcoming gatherings, 20s style or not.
Sloe Gin Fizz
Ok, sorry I don’t have the exact measurements because we just went by taste as we were putting it into the dispenser! We sure didn’t mind taste testing!
All the cocktails were served in Mason jars, which the guests loved!
The party was so fun and Mr. Blue Eyes was so surprised! We all had fun channeling our inner Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan. I even had a casino set up in the basement for some games after dinner. We even had surprise juggling guests (courtesy of my father in-law). Mr. Blue Eyes really kissed his roaring 20s goodbye and rolled quite nicely into his 30s.
That is it for the Throwback Thursday party edition but click here for a Throwback Thursday teaching edition. This is a freebie I added to my store awhile back which I love using in the first few weeks of school. The posters and Babbling Abby’s vowel packs help the sweeties really focus on each vowel sound.
I hope you enjoyed the throwback! I hope you have a wonderful, safe holiday weekend with your family and friends.