So you want to throw a 1950’s cocktail party for you and your vintage loving friends. What a fabulous idea! Here are a few essential elements to make sure that your vintage cocktail party is a success.
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The first step in a truly old fashioned cocktail party is to send out your invitations. You can either make these yourself, find them at a thrift store, or purchase them online. It’s definitely more fun to get a cocktail party invite in the mail, but if you are really strapped for time, a modern e-vite would work just fine.
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Setting the Scene
Now you’ll have to decide on the setup for your party. Most likely, you’ll want to have a center table with any drinks and appetizers you’ll be serving where it is easy for your guests to find. Set chairs in clusters around the room so that your guests can sit and chat throughout the party, or in a big circle if you have any group activities planned. Last, but not least, decorate the room with all of your favorite vintage decor.
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What to Serve
Since this is a cocktail party, an important element is, of course, the cocktails. Popular drinks of the 1950’s included martinis, daiquiris, mint juleps, whisky sours, champagne cocktails and punch. Most cocktail parties in the fifties included platters of bite-sized appetizers and desserts. There are hundreds of cocktail drinks and appetizer recipes online if you need ideas.
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An obvious element of your party attire is your vintage 1950’s dress you’ve been saving for this exact occasion. If you really want to go all out, you can wear matching 1950’s accessories like gloves, pumps, and jewelry.
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On many occasions, cocktail parties gave women the opportunity to wear a special cocktail ring with their dress. EraGem has a great selection of cocktail rings, including the trendy aquamarine rings.
Well, there you have it! All of the essential elements of a 1950’s cocktail party are in your hands. We hope your party is a smashing success.
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