So after my recent post on vintage picnics, I had a chance to put together one of my own! Some friends and I recently attended the Second Annual 1920s Lawn Party at the Crane Estate in Ipswich, Ma. The event is truly the “cat’s pajamas” with the majority of attendees dressed in clothing inspired by the Roaring Twenties. It is held by Boston Swing Central in partnership with the Trustees of Reservations.
They give free swing and Charleston lessons on the great wooden dance floor set up at the foot of the stately mansion. And you get to dance to the tunes of the Baby Soda Jazz Band all day. There are a bunch of vendors selling all sorts of clothing and accessories for the vintage lover. Antique cars set up on the lawn offer great opportunities for fun photos, A beautiful Italian garden is available for games of croquet and badminton. And, most importantly, there are the picnics. Everyone sets up on the massive expanse of lawn to relax, enjoy the beautiful surroundings and channel their inner F. Scott and Zelda.
This year I wore a lace handkerchief hem dress by Nataya, a style that we just happen to sell at Blue Velvet Vintage!
T strap shoes are Chelsea Crew brand
Hat~thrifted for 1.99 Beaded bag 6.00~purchased at Brimfield Antique Flea Market
Fellow Vintage Fashion Guild member, Melody Fortier, owner of Tangerine Boutique, had a fantastic booth set up with a stunning array of vintage finery.
As if the day wasn’t fun enough, I even won a blue ribbon for best picnic spread! How cool it that? I was completely unaware that they even judged this sort of thing. So it was a pleasant surprise.
I had recently picked up a great plaid cotton fringed picnic blanket at the SOWA Vintage Market in Boston. (A must visit if you’re ever in the area). It was only $24.00 and in perfect condition. When I spotted it I knew it would be perfect for the lawn party. The blanket inspired me to start looking for more items to put my picnic together.
So the hunt was on! At the Cambridge Antiques Market I spotted the coolest vintage cooler. Snagged that for $30.00 and the picnic basket for $15.00. The cooler will make a perfect ice bucket for storing wine or beer on my tiki bar back at home. The vintage fruit print tablecloth I actually travel with. When I’m on the road for a buying trip I like to take little things I can use to make all the hotel rooms I have to stay in look more homey. I know, it sounds a little crazy, but I love to have vintage items around me no matter where I land and I think it adds a cheerful touch to your usual generic hotel chain room decor.
Anyway, I thrifted the rest of the items, which is always fun. Picked up vase, glasses, platters etc at Salvation Army. Everything totalled less than $20.00. So if you put your mind to it, you can really put together a nice little retro picnic without spending a fortune. Heck, the food ended up costing more than all the accessories!
Am already looking forward to next years soiree. And I’ll be on the lookout for more picnic paraphenalia to add to my collection.
And though the day had been overcast, we were treated to a lovely sunset at the end of a lovely day!