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Top 10 Ways to Celebrate National Girlfriends Day

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August 1st is National Girlfriends Day, a day to honor that special relationship we can only have with close women friends. Not sure who is responsible for creating this holiday,but I think it’s a great idea.  It gives  us the opportunity to reflect on how important our women friends are and to let them know how much they mean to us.  And, I don’t know about you, but I”m always up for a reason celebrate to something, especially if it involves good times and girlfriends!

Best girlfriends , when they see you acting  goofy, silly, sad, weird, crazy or  hysterical either join in with the fun or offer support when the going gets tough . They don’t judge.  They know you better than you know yourself.  This is a priceless treasure.

So I’ve put together a list of  my Top 10 ways you can celebrate National Girlfriends Day.  Just call up your BFF’s, tell them how much you love them and invite them to do something fun with you to celebrate their special day!

1. Get together for Cocktails at the Beach

Have cocktails on the beach

Have cocktails on the beach

 

2. Clothing Swap-Have all your girlfriends clean out their closets and bring over clothes they no longer wear. Have fun swapping outfits.

Clean out closets for clothing swap

Clean out closets for clothing swap

3. Shop thrift stores, flea markets and antique malls hunting for cool treasures.

Go thrifting and antique flea market shopping

Go thrifting and antique flea market shopping

4.Play vintage dress up and take pin up style photos of each other.

Take vintage pin up style pix of each other

Take vintage pin up style pix of each other

5. You’re never too old to have a pajama party with the girls!

Have a pajama party

Have a pajama party

6. Have an old fashioned tea party.

Have a tea party

Have a tea party

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7. Pack some food and drinks and go on a girls only picnic.

Girls only picnic

Girls only picnic

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8. Make popcorn, drink champagne or vodka and rent all episodes of Absolutely Fabulous.Spend the day cracking up over the craziest girl duo ever!

Watch Absolutely Fabulous reruns

Watch Absolutely Fabulous reruns

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9. Bike ride to a favorite cafe for lunch.

Bike to a favorite cafe for lunch

Bike to a favorite cafe for lunch

10. Go out dancing together!

Go out and dance!

Go out and dance!

And remember,

“A good friend is like a good bra: hard to find,  supportive, always lifts you up, makes you look better, never lets you down or leaves you hanging, and is always close to your heart.”

 

Have a glamorous day!

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Blue Velvet Vintage Haute for Halloween Pin-to-Win Contest

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Blue Velvet Vintage Haute for Halloween Pin to Win Contest

Blue Velvet Vintage Haute for Halloween Pin to Win Contest

We’re pleased to announce today at Blue Velvet Vintage that we’re launching our Haute for Halloween Pin-to-Win Contest.

For Blue Velvet Vintage’s Pin-to-Win contest, we want to see you pin your best vintage costume inspired by a past or present vintage vixen, vamp, siren of the silver screen, classic classy dame, or mid-century muse. We’ll be giving away as prizes three gift certificates. First prize will be a 100 dollar gift certificate, second prize will be a 75 dollar gift certificate, and third will be a 50 dollar gift certificate. Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, and adherence  to contest rules.

How can you enter your amazing, vintage costume to win a gift certificate? Enter Blue Velvet Vintage’s Haute for Halloween Pin-to-Win Contest by following us on Pinterest and creating your “Haute for Halloween” board with a short description of the character that inspired your vintage costume. Then pin a photo of the star who inspired your vintage style costume. Next pin at least four things from the Blue Velvet Vintage website that will be used in your costume and five other items from anywhere else to complete your classic, vintage look. Remember to tag all pins #hauteforhalloween and #bluevelvetvintage, too. Last, enter your board on our Facebook page…! Once you enter, you’ll also be given a chance to share with friends for additional entries.

All entries for our pin-to-win contest must be received by 12pm EST on Wednesday October 30, 2013. We’ll announce our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place gift certificate winners on October 31st before noon. We can’t wait to see your entries…! Now follow us on Pinterest and start pinning…

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Fourth of July Retro Party Inspiration

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Mae West in "Belle of the Nineties" in 1934

Mae West in “Belle of the Nineties” in 1934

Independence Day is just around the corner so we have some inspiration for your Fourth of July BBQ or picnic!

Table Setting c. 1950s

July 4th Party Table Setting c. 1950s

Look at all those yummy choices! From mystery casseroles,  salads  and classic corn on the cob served on fab mid century platters and bowls. And of course, no retro picnic or BBQ would be complete without  a jello mold!
All looking quite mouth watering  presented so nicely on the classic red and white checkered tablecloth.

And ladies, don’t forget your white gloves and matching bags!

And remember to bring a dip!  This next one would surely be a hit at any bbq. . .cream cheese, A 1 and minced clams.

Ummmm, maybe not. But I love the hat!

A1 Recipe 1958

A1 Recipe 1958

Now that you’ve got some ideas for your menu – on to your attire:

When dressing for  your 4th of July barbeque or picnic, you should certainly go all out.

But  maybe not this “all out!”

Pin-up Model Jeanne Carmen c.1950s

Here’s Pin-up Model Jeanne Carmen grillin’ with “the girls”  c.1950s

I mean all out cute and classy!   Here are some options to  look your pretty, patriotic best  at your Independence Day celebration!

From left to right:

 

1. 1940s shirtdress  2. Vintage patriotic pin 3. Gingham halter dress3. Romper  4. Nautical bag   5. Navy heels

And you certainly can’t go wrong with classic navy and white polka dots with red accents!

1950s inspired dress, Classic Dame brand at Blue Velvet Vintage

50s style navy blue and white polka dot halter dress-Classic Dame brand at Blue Velvet Vintage

50s style navy blue and white polka dot halter dress-Classic Dame brand at Blue Velvet Vintage

Got any good party ideas for 4th of July?  Feel free to share!

alison

 

 

 

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Jello for Jolly July Holidays

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Your guests will really think you went OVERBOARD at your next summer party when you whip up these 1950s jello recipes! Bananas posing as sailboats, how a-PEELING!  Ok, I’ll stop now. Actually the  Pinapple Lime Parfait doesn’t look too bad.  You know these could easily be an alternative to jello shots. Just add some coconut rum, vodka or whatever FLOATS YOUR BOAT.   Sorry.

Is there really always room for jello?

Is there really always room for jello?

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Tis the Season to be Swanky

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The holidays are a very nostalgic time of year.  So why not entertain in classic style with an old fashioned retro cocktail party?  There are plenty of helpful decorating tips, and food and drink recipes all over the internet to ensure you pull off the swankiest party on the block.

The Party Merchant  has tons of supplies to help you set the mood.  They also include a some great retro theme ideas , including food and drink suggestions.

From Bon Appetit Magazine, yummy appetizer recipes for a 50s cocktail party remixed for the 21st century.

Another stop should definitely be Martini Art , where they sell everything you need to shake and stir your way to cocktail nirvana.  There are also tons articles with party tips .  I love their suggestion of having your guests do a holiday gift exchange where everyone brings a unique martini glass. Sure beats the cookie swap they have in my neighborhood every year! They’ve also got a  great selection of gifts for the martini lover in your life. 

Blue Flame Martini Gift Set

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Cocktail Cologne Set for the person who enjoys wearing the scent of their favorite alcoholic beverage.

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Martini Pinup Magnet Set – A great stocking stuffer!

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And of course it wouldn’t be a retro party without some  swanky lounge music.

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Don’t forget cool atomic style party invitations from Rock Paper Scissor  and make sure you let your guests know only their finest vintage style cocktail wear is acceptable attire!  A black and white dress code is always very classy.  Women should channel Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffanys.  And for men, think Sean Connery as the original James Bond.

 

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