I am a thrift store addict when it comes to costumes. I love going into one in search for the perfect thing that I can turn into an amazing costume. Amber's, Jack's, my mom's, and many other's costumes were great thrift store finds. My dress came from a clearance sale at JC Penny's way before I started the thrift store searches. I knew when I say it, it would be perfect for the look that I was going for, but it just needed a little sparkle! Some of the dresses already had a great 20's look to them so all I needed to do was fit them. A few others needed a little something something to make them really pop. For Amber's costume I added black fringe to the top and the bottom and added a satin ribbon around her waist. Jack's suit as a great find at a thrift store in Phoenix when I was there for a work conference and had time to kill in the evening, it fit great once I took it in a little on the sides. A lot of the accessories I was able to find on eBay like the hats, spenders, and ties. Party City also had some great hats and long strands of pearls. The headpieces I made were really easy, look for instructions on my earlier post. I used a lot of websites as a reference for the costumes, here are a few of my favorite links: A lot of the girls used theses links to get hair and make up ideas. Since it was my birthday I had my friend do my hair and make up, it came out so perfect for the theme. I was really happy with how much everyone got into the spirit of the party and got all glammed up! Even Duffey had a little extra bling that night.
Music makes a party and you can't have a Roaring 20's party without some fun 20's music. One of my friends is really into music and thankfully she had a huge list of 20's music from soundtracks and other resources. All I had to do was by the Gatsby Party Mix on itunes which had 50 songs for only $10! That's a deal! I created the playlist and just let it repeat all night long. Here is a list of some of the artist an albums that we had:
The Great Gatsby Soundtrack
Midnight in Paris Soundtrack
The Rhythic Eight
Paul Whiteman's Orchestra
The Great 1920s & Gatsby Swing 20's Classics
Get your flap on!
I have to admit we had quit a spread of some amazing hor d'oeuvres. From meatballs to bacon wrapped mushrooms, to chocolate dipped strawberries to mocha cake pops! We had wonderful raspberry tea and strawberry lemonade. huge variety of wonderful wines and a Whiskey Bar!
I wanted to give you a few of my favorite quick recipes.
Frozen Meatballs of your choice, at least 1lb
1/2 cup BBQ Sauce of your choice, I use Kraft Original BBQ
1/2 can of Jellied Cranberry Sauce
Warm the frozen meatballs in a pan with a little water to keep them from burning for about 5 minutes. Add BBQ sauce and 1/2 of the can of jellied cranberry sauce. Cook until the sauce thickens and meatballs are fully cooked, about 10 minutes.
Bacon Wrapped Mushrooms
Pack of Bacon
Medium sized mushrooms, about 30
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut the bacon in half to shorter pieces. Wrap each mushroom with a piece of bacon, if needed use a toothpick to hold the bacon in place. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until crispy.
Cheesy Balsamic Bread
Veggies if desired
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place all the slices of the baguette on a cookie sheet and bake for 3 minutes. Remove and sprinkle the balsamic vinger on each of the slices. Next add a slice of mozzarella cheese onto each of the slices of baguette. Add sliced vegetables if desired, I like to use mushroom, tomatoes, and cilantro. Bake for another 5 minutes.
Just kidding. I don't actually think 30 is that old and I didn't mind turning 30. Unlike Amber who was dreading turning 30 back in March, but ended up having a blast at her orange themed birthday bash. If you know me, you know that I love parties and I love costumes even more. I thought a perfect way to honor turning 30 was to have a HUGE 1920's themed birthday party. I have been planning it for months and this week has been crazy since the party is this Saturday! There is still so much to do, but for now I leave you with this sneak peak at some of the items I made for it.
Menu & Table Materials:
Small Art Deco inspired frames 2in x 2in, I found these in the $2 bin at Michaels
Guest Check Font, downloaded free at www.azfonts.net
Mini Whiskey Favors:
30 10ml bottles with corks, found on eBay
Labels, I used Avery 5160 and cut in half
Font of your choice, I used Playbill I found in Word
1/4 yard of trim that matched Amber's costume
4 inches of Elastic
Needle & Thread
Hot Glue Gun
I hand sewed the elastic to the trim after I sized it. I glue the feathers on the felt in the shape that I wanted. Once cooled I glue the button to the point where the feathers came together. I then glued the hair clip to the back of the felt which allowed Amber to put the Feather Clip where she wanted on the Headband.
Happy Birthday to me!!! I can't wait for Saturday!
These are posts from the original Oak Tree Junction blog before I took a break in 2020. These posts were created to share my creations with the hopes that it will inspire others to show their creative side. I plan to continue to share new creations on the current blog.