I absolutely love dressing up whether it's for Halloween or Christmas themed events. Based on the book The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, it's the story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his lavish parties on Long Island at a time when gin was the national drink. In the movie everyone is drinking dirty martinis and mint juleps. It's also a love story that takes place during prohibition and the Jazz Age in the 1920s. I re-watched the movie with Leonardo DiCaprio to get into the mood. It won two Oscars for costumes and set design as they were lavish and amazing. The rest of the movie, well starts off slow and was too artsy for me, almost like a pop video. A lot of people at the party wore the exact same headband as Daisy below.
I studied the costumes to get a feel for what I needed to wear to my event. The idea is fabric that drape effortlessly around your body in a beautiful sparkly dress. I didn't want a traditional beaded black flapper dress as I figured everyone would wear that, I wanted a more art deco look. I had to go all out with gloves, piling on long pearls and a glittering headpiece to pull the 1920s look together. As someone who loves themed parties, and have hosted many myself, I loved Kris Jenner 60th Birthday Party inspired by The Great Gatsby.
The Great Gatsby Party on the grass of the National Cathedral was like stepping back in time returning to the era of flapper dresses and music of the 1920s with the Prosecco flowing. There was a live band, lawn games, and prohibition cocktails. Everyone hit the dance floor and did their best swing dances.
We had a picnic basket filled with cheeses, crackers, grapes, strawberries and chocolate.