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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?




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Happy Customer Dressed for a 1920s Wedding


Check out this swanky photo of Blue Velvet Vintage customer, Karla, wearing one of our  beaded flapper style dresses as the bridesmaid in her best friend’s 20s themed wedding.  Karla’s husband also got into the spirit looking quite dapper in his 1920s vintage suit and bow tie. Looks like he just stepped out of an episode of Boardwalk Empire.  Nucky Thompson’s got nothing on this guy!

Karla told us, “ At first I wasn’t sure I could pull it off with my long hair, and didn’t want to do a fake bob. But with the feather headband (I got it on Etsy), and curling my hair, I think I pulled it off well. The wedding was beautiful and everyone asked us about the dresses and thought we looked great! I felt lucky to have a husband who was all for dressing up with me.”    

And we couldn’t agree more. They certainly make  a stunning Jazz Age couple! Thanks for sharing, Karla!

1920s theme wedding clothing

Customer Karla and husband are the Bees Knees in 1920s themed wedding attire!

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How to Put Together a 1920s Style Great Gatsby Look


With television shows such as Boardwalk Empire, Downton Abbey and the movie remake of the Great Gatsby, fashion looks  of the 1920s are currently hot, hot, hot!   This trend means there is an increase in Jazz Era, Roaring Twenties themed parties, events and weddings to which gals get to have fun dressing up in 1920’s inspired outfits.  And, the good thing is many of the styles from the 20s are very flattering on a wide variety of figures.

Lately we’ve been receiving a lot of emails from customers asking for advice on how to put together this look.  And though we do sell a lovely line of beaded reproduction flapper dresses,  not everyone going to a 20s themed party wishes to wear that style or sometimes they are attending an event that is not quite as dressy.  So I’ve included a little graphic below to show you a 1920s inspired outfit I put together with items we sell on our website.

Most people don’t realize that the 1920s fashions were not just about fringed flapper dresses.  Women wore many other styles and they weren’t all short! Most hemlines in the 20’s varied from just above ankle length to just below knee.  The Nataya dress I’m wearing in the photo has that loose,  unstructured silhouette that was popular in the 20s, plus the sheer overlay over a slip liner that was also popular back then.  I added some long strands of pearls, 3/4 length gloves, deco style bracelet, cloche hat and T strap heels to complete the look.  It’s a really nice alternative  for a 1920’s themed event  if you’re not looking to go with a full on fancy flapper style.


 1920s Great Gatsby Look 1920's style fashion

A 1920s inspired Great Gatsby Look

And the links to shop this look!

Nataya Art Nouveau dress

Cream color pearls and champagne pearl strands

Black stretch satin ruched gloves

Beaded gunmetal stretch cuff bracelet

Black cloche hat with jewels and feathers

Black satin T strap pumps

Don’t forget to add red cupid bow lips and dark, smoky shadow for the  eyes!




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