1920s Lawn Party and All that Jazz-Crane Estate, Ipswich Mass

This past Sunday I made my way up to the Crane Estate on Castle Hill in Ispwich, Mass to attend a 1920s Lawn Party put on by Boston Swing Central.  First let me say, this was, without a doubt, one of the most fun events I’ve ever attended. And I attend a lot of vintage themed events!

The venue was spectacular, being as it was held on the grounds of this historic seaside estate.  It was last owned by Richard Crane, Jr.,  whose father pretty much came up with the idea of indoor bathrooms with plumbing. And we all know how well that idea has gone over! So it’s no wonder they could afford such a grand piece of property for a summer home.  It was donated by the Crane family to the Trustees of Reservations, who maintains it till this day.

Crane Estate, Ipswich Mass.

Crane Estate at Castle Hill, Ipswich Mass.

Looking with your back to the building you see a rolling green promenade lined by statues. It ends at the ocean.

Crane Estate Grand Allee, promenade

Crane Estate Grand Allee.

So imagine this, the  fabulous Baby Soda jazz band playing, an outside dance floor, free Charleston lessons, some of the best vintage clothing vendors in New England, antique cars, picnicing, gorgeous, sunny weather, breathtaking views and lots of people in 1920s finery.   What’s not to like?

These lovely ladies were kind enough to pose for me in their 20s inspired attire.
Photo taken in what was once the “bachelors” quarters. A building separate from the main estate
that housed the single male guests. I guess back then, they thought keeping the  boys and girls separated
would prevent scandalous activity. Right, I’m sure that worked out for them!

Lovely ladies at the 20s lawn party

Lovely ladies at the 20s lawn party

These two couples looked so elegant in their 20s style summer fashions. They really did a great job of capturing
the Gatsby Era look.

Elegant couples in their 20s style fashions

Elegant couples in their 20s style fashions

And these two dapper gentlemen really had the whole Roaring Twenties Lawn Party thing going on in a big way!
They’ve got the martini glasses set out, vintage tablecloths and wooden folding lawn  chairs.
Seriously inspired me to have a picnic like this one of these days!

1920s dapper dudes

1920s dapper dudes

I wanted some of that pie!

1920s lawn party goodies

1920s lawn party goodies

And here are photos my DH took of me in my 1920s inspired outfit.
A Nataya dress worn with flower festooned straw cloche hat, pearl strands and bracelet, long gold chain and pearl necklace, and vintage gold metallic ankle strap shoes.

My 1920s lawn party outfit

My 1920s lawn party outfit

I am definitely planning on a trip back just to tour the inside of this spectacular estate and walk the grounds. They apparently have miles of trails you can hike. And I’m so hoping they repeat this party next summer. I’m already planning my outfit 🙂

Have you ever been to a 1920s themed event?




By | 2013-11-15T19:29:41-04:00 July 23rd, 2013|Events, Fashion|6 Comments

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Hi, I'm Theresa, owner and chief classy dame at the Blue Velvet Vintage online boutique. Lover of mid century fashion and home decor, classic films, Old Hollywood, pretty dresses, red lipstick, swing dancing and retro culture in general. Between my ecommere site and vintage style blog my mission is to revive the eras of classy dressing and inspire women to add more glamour to their lives! So don't be shy! I love to hear from others who share my appreciation of the styles of the past.


  1. Theresa
    Theresa July 25, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Thanks, Suzanne! It certainly was loads of fun, especially because I got to dress up, which is one of my favorite things to do 🙂

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    Suzanne July 24, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Wow! This all looks like so much fun and just fabulous!

    That green frock is stunning! Amazing photos. TFS.


  3. Theresa
    Theresa July 24, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Thanks for the compliment Diane! And your pie was truly a masterpiece! Wish I could have stayed, but had a previous engagement. Would have loved to try some. Really appreciate the time you took to post the recipe, though. Will definitely try whipping one up one of these days:)

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    diane July 23, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    You look fab and you should have stayed around since my beau was offering samples of the pie I made! I never did get any myself,, you also missed the lobster salad rolls,,,, Here’s the quick recipe-
    used deep dish frozen pie crust ( I used to do it the old fashioned way but..)
    Diane’s Berry pie
    2.5 pints blueberries, fresh!
    0.5 cup of sugar
    juice of a lemon
    half cup flour
    a few peaches cut into slices, a few raspberries, maybe some strawberries- all these will go on top of the blueberry mix.

    mix blueberries and flour, add lemon juice and sugar, mix gently,
    dump into frozen pie crust, place other fruit on top.

    put into preheated oven at 375 degrees, place filled pie on cookie sheet and bake at least one hour. Turn off oven but leave pie in for about a half hour,
    if there is liquid, it will solidify as the pie cools.

    and well, the dishes were my grandmother’s,,
    glad you liked the picnic scenario and my dapper young men friends, they are both really swell.

  5. Theresa
    Theresa July 23, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Well, thank you so much, Jessica! I take this as a great compliment coming from you, a girl who has an extraordinary talent for putting together fab vintage looks:) Wish you could have attended, I’m sure you would have come up with something smashing!

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    Jessica Cangiano July 23, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Theresa dear, you look stunningly lovely! That vibrant, gorgeous shade of green was the perfect choice for an outdoor summertime vintage event like this. Beautiful setting, snaps, and ensemble!

    ♥ Jessica

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