With Baz Luhrmann's much anticipated film, The Great Gatsby, making its nation-wide theater opening this coming Friday, chances are running high that the summer will be filled with 1920's era themed cocktail parties. If you're planning such an affair Paper Passionista has the perfect invitation and matching stationery suite items to set the tone for your soiree.
Bella Figura's Deco invitation has the right feel to invite your guests in style. The images shown here are featuring a wedding invitation, but Paper Passionista can turn it into just the piece for any kind of party you're planning.
Bella Figura "Deco" invitation
Perhaps you'd like your 1920's era party to be a nice blend of then and now? If so then Arabella Papers' Modern Deco invitation could be just what you're looking for.
Two more Great Gatsby era party invitation options come from the Soiree collection by Checkerboard. Both combining gold and black, you can go with the simple but elegant Pomp design or turn up the volume with Flair, incorporating feathery swirls with a metallic gold "belly band", putting your party details hidden inside.
Once you've got your invitations selected you may want to check out the 1920's era collection of men's suits at Brooks Brothers. They worked with costume designer, Catherine Martin, and designer Miuccia Prada to come up with 40 different outfits for the film. Brooks Brothers decided to follow it with a line in their stores. Several snappy striped suits are available, and you can add a straw boater hat to really nail the look.
Ladies will have fun dressing for Gatsby themed parties as well. First it's the hair - a short fun bob, and pin curls were all the rage in the 1920's - topped off with a feathered or jeweled headband, or a jeweled barette. Then your face - smoky eyes, and bright lips should do the trick. Add a fringed dress, a t-strap Mary Jane pump, and your favorite long pearls and you're good to go.
Oh yes.... don't forget the Moet & Chandon bubbly for your guests. Cheers!
As a postscript to this article, my own father, Wendell Phillips Sprague, Jr., was a 1920's vintage gent, and today would have been his 92nd birthday. Here's to you, Dad. Happy birthday!!