- event: 25th anniversary party
- space: family residence
- location: miami, fl
- designer: chic technique
here’s how I did it….
This event was held at my grandmother’s house, so it definitely needed some work in order to feel special. A red carpet, a crafty invention, and some helpful guidance for guests took us back some 60 years to a more glamorous time.
This is what I used to create a romantic glow throughout the home…
- Large globe string lights (red/clear) – Target – $12.00
- Mini string lights – Target – $4.99
- Tea Light Candles – Big Lots – $6
- Tissue boxes – Costco
- Utility lantern – Home Depot – $4.97
Click here for a tutorial on how to recreate this little invention of mine (and yeah…I’m very proud!)
What I purchased…
- red carpet ($6.99 at Party City)
- red roses ($5 from a street vendor)
- hershey’s kisses (around $10 at Costco. Unfortunately, I spent much more at Walgreens)
- black & white photos to make the number “25″ ($.15 each)
- sliver candle holders
- sliver vase
- apothecary jars to hold kisses
- sliver platters/chargers
- fake pearl necklaces for table top
- sliver 5×7 frame
The sliver and very classy, red velvet cake by Sweet Escape Cakes added to the elegance of the decor.
provide good guidance
This is one aspect of the event that is out of your control. You can’t ensure everyone will dress according to the theme, but you can make it more likely by providing some helpful guidance. I sent this inspiration board along with the invites so guests could get a feel for the dress of the time.
For male guests who requested more help, I suggested a suit (preferably black to keep it formal) and adding a pocket square, cuff links, and a slim tie or bow tie. If able, a must for the guys is the slicked back hair. Tutorials like this one can help. My brother-in-law nailed the Clark Gable look. Yes, the mustaches are fake – they were drawn on using liquid eye liner. I would avoid the soul patch my husband drew on at the end of the night though. ;)
For the ladies, I suggested an evening dress they already own and giving it the old Hollywood look by imitating the hair and makeup of the time. Flashy accessories can also give that dress you wore to the last wedding that Old Hollywood Glam.
the photo shoot
It wouldn’t feel Old Hollywood without the paparazzi. Guests enjoyed acting as though they were alongside Humphrey Bogart at the Oscars with a “photo-shoot.” It served as entertainment throughout the night and now guests have plenty of photos to remember the night.
Set your camera on a tripod and have guests pose on the red carpet. Tip: Don’t use your camera’s flash, but shine light from a different angle to get the paparazzi-like shot. We got this photo by accident when someone else took a picture from a few feet away at the same time.