When I think of vintage parties, I instantly think of my friend, Melissa from Truly Chic Inspirations. She LOVES all things vintage and has a great, creative eye for spotting what’s going to make a vintage party really shine. So, today, she’s here sharing her tips and tricks for throwing a great vintage-themed party.
What is it that YOU love about vintage-inspired parties and why do you think it’s such a popular theme?
There are so many things that I love about a vintage party, what I love most is the ability to make the event represent you. Simple touches can be added to any vintage event to showcase a personality, I also LOVE a neutral color base and vintage typically starts there. In my opinion what makes the theme so popular is the love people have for DIY projects. DIY items such as fabric banners and handmade favors are all the rage in vintage weddings and events.
I know when I plan a vintage party, I feel each item needs to fit the theme & it stresses me out! What 3 elements do you feel are most important in pulling off the look?
I always start with a neutral color base, fresh flowers, and vintage styled platters and/or cake stands. I served food at a recent bridal shower on some antique-like platters and then set one of those platters on top of vintage suitcases to add that extra touch. A big thing to remember is to not stress it, everything doesn’t have to match perfectly. Vintage parties give you the ability to use a variety of items, some you might already have displayed around your house.
Some parties themes will photograph well by someone with just a normal camera, but others seems to really shine when a photographer does the shooting. Do you think spending money on a professional photographer is money well spent for a vintage party? Why or why not?
What color combinations do you think really fit a vintage-themed party?
Neutral shades and pops of color are perfect! I suggest staying away from bold and very bright shades. If you want to add some pink, use a variety of pinks and colors within the pink family but remember to keep them all in lighter shades. Blues and greens are my favorite combos for vintage parties and red is very popular. Have fun with it and use a variety of shades and combos.
What are your tips for pulling off the perfect vintage party without causing us to pull out our hair or start drinking?
I try to simply have fun putting things together, I stand back and say “that’s cute but what if we tried this” multiple times. There is nothing wrong with changing your mind and trying different options. Don’t think it needs to be ‘cookie cutter’ either! Vintage parties don’t have many rules and they don’t require straight lines or a set number of items per display area.
For what type of parties would you recommend a vintage-inspired theme?
Weddings, showers, and engagement parties are the most popular of vintage events. Birthday parties and even a house warming party can be done with a vintage flair.
Would you share with us an example timeline for planning a vintage party?
Theme, bridal shower
Colors, white, yellow, rose pink, blues, and green.
Style, garden party
Shop, as I mentioned you can find goodies within you house but keep an eye out at discount stores, Goodwill, and even yard sales for steals
DIY, create a fabric runner, backdrop, or gift station. Have fun, jazz up your mason jars or spray paint some glasses.
Display/Set up, Do a sample arrangement a few days prior and also give yourself ample time the day of the event. Keep in mind it doesn’t have to look perfect, centered, or be in any type of line/order. Have fun!
Food, Get creative, label your drinks, food, and sweets with cute names that go along with the theme. Get those custom vintage cookies, cake pops, or cake to help tie the food and decor together.
Thanks, Melissa, for sharing your tips, tricks, and photography with us. Now we can all go out and throw our own vintage themed parties without stress or worry!
Stay tuned for another Party Planning Questions Answered post coming soon. If you’d like to contribute to our series, please send me an email at carrie@asweetspothome!