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.
Looking with your back to the building you see a rolling green promenade lined by statues. It ends at the ocean.
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!
These two couples looked so elegant in their 20s style summer fashions. They really did a great job of capturing
the Gatsby Era look.
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!
I wanted some of that pie!
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.
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?