How to Throw Vintage Styled Parties Complete Guide

How to Throw Vintage Styled Parties: Complete Guide

Step-by-Step Guide to Planning Your Perfect Vintage Themed Party

Hey there, party people! Love the charm of bygone eras? Dreaming of hosting a bash that’s got a sprinkling of nostalgia, a dash of classic elegance, and heaps of fun? Well, you’re in the right spot. Welcome to our comprehensive guide on how to throw vintage-styled parties that your guests will rave about for decades to come.

This is where the old world charm meets modern party planning, and we’re so stoked you’re coming along for the ride! From the roaring 20s to the groovy 70s, every era had its unique style – so why not time-travel a little and bring those stunning vibes back to life at your next shindig?

Don’t know where to start? Don’t fret! We’ve got you covered. We’ve compiled expert advice, nifty ideas, and sweet details that’ll transport you and your guests straight back to the era of your dreams. So put on your favorite vintage vinyl, pour yourself a classic cocktail, and let’s get this party planning started. Whether you’re a seasoned host looking to spice things up, or a newbie on the party scene, we’ve got all the insights and inspiration you need right here.

Get ready for a trip down memory lane, as we dive into some swell décor ideas, delicious vintage menu plans, and the perfect tunes to keep you swinging all night. It’s time to throw a vintage party that’s as unforgettable as the eras that inspired it!

Choosing Your Perfect Vintage Era

One of the first and most fun steps in planning a vintage-styled party is choosing your era. Remember, each era had its unique sense of style, vibe, and flair – and that’s what we’re aiming to capture.

Let’s break it down:

  • The Roaring 20s: Think Great Gatsby, flapper dresses, and jazz. This era screams glitz, glamour, and excess. Ideal if you want your party to be loud, lively and extravagant.
  • The Fabulous 50s: Known for the rock ‘n’ roll, charming diners, and Elvis Presley. Perfect for a party that’s both cool and laid-back.
  • The Psychedelic 60s: It’s all about love, peace, and rock music. Choose this for a more carefree, colorful, and creative atmosphere.
  • The Groovy 70s: Disco balls, ABBA, and bright patterns galore! Ideal if you want your party to be the epitome of fun, energetic and vibrant.

Tip: It can be helpful to do a little research into your chosen era – check out images, music, even movies from that time for a dose of inspiration.

Once you’ve got your era locked down, every other aspect of your party – the décor, the dress code, the food, and the music – will revolve around that. Whether you’re replicating Jay Gatsby’s extravagant soirees or reliving the disco fever from the 70s, choosing the right vintage era will set the tone for your party.

Remember, whichever era you choose, the goal is not to create a history lesson but to invoke a sense of nostalgia and fun. Take the spirit of the era and make it your own. After all, the magic of a vintage-styled party lies in making heads turn and making hearts remember.

So, get ready to RSVP to a blast in the past. With your era picked out, you’re one step closer to creating a completely unforgettable vintage-styled bash. Let’s move on, shall we? Up next: setting a scene that speaks volumes about your chosen era.

Setting the Mood: Vintage Decor Ideas

Nailing the mood of your vintage-styled party lies heavily in the details – your decorations! This stage is where creativity reigns supreme and where your chosen era truly comes to life. From the moment guests step into your party, they should feel like they’ve hopped into a time machine.

Here are some era-specific ideas to help you set the mood:

  • The Roaring 20s: The Gatsby era calls for all things opulent. Decorate with gold accents, feather centrepieces, pearl strands, and plenty of sparkling lights. Create a speakeasy vibe with a makeshift bar, complete with vintage cocktail glasses.
  • The Fabulous 50s: Think of jukeboxes, checkered tablecloths, popcorn machines, and vintage Coca-Cola signs. Recreate a 50s diner or a drive-in movie theater, and don’t forget a dance floor for some rock ‘n’ roll!
  • The Psychedelic 60s: Use peace signs, flower power posters, and lava lamps for your 60s décor. Create a boho-chic vibe with lots of cushions, throws, and bead curtains where your guests can chill out.
  • The Groovy 70s: Reflect the disco era with a shiny disco ball, neon signs, and vinyl records. Set up a dance floor with colored lights to keep your guests boogieing all night long.

Pro Tip: Thrift stores, antique shops, and online marketplaces are great places to find authentic decoration pieces on a budget.

Remember, it’s all about creating an immersive experience. The décor should resonate with your chosen era, but there’s no need to overdo it. Simply carefully curate your space with meaningful touches that will subtly transport your guests back in time.

Next, it’s time to think about threads! What’s a vintage party without some classic attire, right? So, keep reading, because up next we’re going to take a deep dive into decoding vintage fashion trends. Don’t worry, we’re making sure you and your guests look the part too. Vintage style incoming!

Alright, folks, let’s talk threads. Besides decorations and music, another key element to setting the mood at a vintage-styled bash is — drum roll, please — the dress code. Yes, the outfits! Channeling the fashion of the chosen era can truly level up the entire party experience. Luckily for you, we’ve done the digging and have the lowdown on some iconic fashion trends of the yesteryears.

Going down the memory lane:

  • The Roaring 20s: Encourage guests to rock flapper dresses, fringe, sequins, and plenty of shiny accessories for the women, and double-breasted suits, fedoras, and wingtip shoes for the gents. Don’t forget the pearls and pastels!
  • The Fabulous 50s: Get your guests to channel the 50s with poodle skirts, saddle shoes, and polka dots for women, and greaser style leather jackets, white tees, and rolled-up jeans for the men. You can’t go wrong with a bit of rock ‘n’ roll!
  • The Psychedelic 60s: Here’s to flower power! Opt for bell-bottom jeans, maxi dresses, tie-dye, caftan and don’t skimp on headbands and peace sign pendants for an immersive 60s vibe!
  • The Groovy 70s: Let’s bring back disco fashion! Glittery maxi dresses, jumpsuits, wide-legged pants for women, and leisure suits, bell-bottoms, and funky-patterned shirts for men. Let’s not forget the powerful Afros!

Quick tip: Provide your guests with enough time and details about the dress code to prevent last-minute panic.

Remember, on party night, everyone should feel like a diva or a dapper from the chosen era. Even those who aren’t huge on dressing up can add vintage touches to their outfits. The key is to have fun— there are no strict fashion police at your party. After all, dressing up is half the fun!

Stay tuned because up next, we’re serving you tips on the most delicious part of the planning – creating a retro menu. Trust us; your tastebuds are in for a wild time hop!

From Cocktails to Canapés: Creating a Retro Menu

Oh, hello, foodies! Now we’re talking about the piece de resistance of any event—the food and drinks. But this isn’t just any spread; this is a feast that’ll take your guests on a culinary time-travel right straight to your chosen era. Let’s get that vintage menu rolling!

Here’s your guide on how to whip up a meal that’s as memorable as the era:

  • The Roaring 20s: This luxe era calls for indulgent canapés like deviled eggs, shrimp cocktail, and Waldorf salad. Serve classic cocktails like martinis and sidecars. Throw in a champagne tower if you’re feeling particularly fancy.
  • The Fabulous 50s: This era screams comfort food. Think cheeseburgers, milkshakes, fries, and root beer floats. Dessert could include classic apple pie or a colorful jello salad.
  • The Psychedelic 60s: The 60s was all about experimenting. Offer fun finger foods like vol-au-vents, cheese fondue, and deviled eggs. Drinks could include classics like Tom Collins or Tequila Sunrise.
  • The Groovy 70s: The 70s bring a fun mix of party food. Serve up staples like fondue, prawn cocktail, and pineapple cheese sticks. Quench thirsts with White Russian or a refreshing spritz.

Remember: Catering to different dietary restrictions is essential. Make sure to have some vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free options available.

A deliciously nostalgic menu will get everyone talking (and eating!). It’s a detail that not only complements the party’s vintage vibe but also makes it more memorable. Why serve up the ordinary when you can whisk your guests off to your chosen era with every bite and sip?

With that, we almost got all bases covered, folks! There’s just one more element to tackle – setting up your vintage playlist. So, stick around because you’re on the way to throwing a vintage soiree that no one will forget anytime soon. Let’s go back in time with some awesome tunes next, shall we?

Groovy Tunes: Setting up Your Vintage Playlist

All that food and snazzy decor are great, but what’s a party without some toe-tapping music, right? We’re talking tunes that’ll throw you back to the bygone era just as effectively as your decor and outfits. A perfectly curated playlist is the final ingredient for creating an authentic vintage atmosphere. Let’s get those records spinning!

Here’s what you need to hit all the right notes:

  • The Roaring 20s: Set the perfect 20s scene with jazz classics, ragtime, and blues. Add some Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, or Bessie Smith to your lineup.
  • The Fabulous 50s: The birth of rock ‘n’ roll! Include favorites from Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, and Buddy Holly. Throw in some doo-wop and R&B for good measure.
  • The Psychedelic 60s: This era was musically diverse so mix it up with rock, folk, psych-rock, and early reggae. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan are must-haves.
  • The Groovy 70s: Hello, disco and punk rock! Get your guests grooving with Bee Gees, ABBA, and The Ramones. Don’t forget to add some funk and soul to the mix.

Pro tip: You can find curated playlists for these eras on music apps like Spotify or Apple Music.

Remember, the key is to get a good mix of chart-toppers and lesser-known tunes from your chosen era, enough to keep the party peppy, yet allowing for conversation. Ensure there’s a flow in the music, starting with cool, mellow tunes early in the evening and ramping up to dance numbers as the night progresses.

That’s it, folks! With your carefully selected tunes, your vintage party is set to outshine all other shindigs on the block. So let the needle drop and those good times roll because we’re all set. Up next: additional fun elements to keep everyone engaged all night long. Stay tuned to discover vintage party games and activities that will have your guests raving about your party for ages. Can’t wait? Neither can we!

Vintage Party Games and Activities for Memorable Fun

Well, we’ve laid out the décor, the food, the outfits, and even the tunes. Next up? Time to dive into everyone’s favorite part of a party: the games and activities! Vintage-style games can really help sell your chosen era and keep your guests entertained from start to finish. So, are you ready to embrace some good old-fashioned fun? Let’s go!

Here are some activity ideas:

  • The Roaring 20s: Why not organize a Charleston dance-off? Or maybe a flapper headband making session? For a quieter activity, a round of classic card games could do the trick.
  • The Fabulous 50s: Organize a jukebox dance competition or a hula hoop challenge. For film buffs, a movie quiz based on 50s classics should be a hit.
  • The Psychedelic 60s: Encourage guests to try tie-dye t-shirt making or take them on a psychedelic journey with a groovy lava lamp workshop. A peace sign jewelry crafting session can also blend with the era.
  • The Groovy 70s: Have a disco dance-off, complete with Saturday Night Fever moves. A roller skating relay race could bring loads of laughs and memories.

Tip: Keep a few prizes handy for game winners. It can be something simple yet era-specific like a vinyl record, a vintage poster, or retro accessories.

Remember, parties are all about creating fun and unforgettable memories. Vintage-inspired games and activities can act as ice-breakers, getting everyone to loosen up, mingle, and, most importantly, have a fun time!

Alright, we’ve got everyone entertained, fed, dressed, and dancing. But before we wrap up, don’t forget a final flourish – vintage party favors and parting gifts. Yep, up next we’re sharing some ideas on how to send-off your guests in true vintage style. So, stick around, because the party ain’t over till it’s over!

Creating Invites that Sparkle with Nostalgia

Alright, folks, before we jump into the whirlwind of party planning, let’s talk about spreading the word – through invitations that travel back in time! Invites are the first impression of your party, setting the tone for what’s to come. So, why not make them as memorable as your vintage bash?

Here’s how to craft invitations that sparkle with nostalgia:

  • The Roaring 20s: Art Deco design, flapper silhouettes, and glitzy fonts will make your invites truly roar. Bonus points if the invites are gilded or have little tassels!
  • The Fabulous 50s: Think of red checker prints, vinyl records, or classic car designs. If you’re feeling creative, you can even design your invitations to look like old movie tickets.
  • The Psychedelic 60s: Embrace this era’s psychedelic art with swirls of color, flower power motifs, and bold typography. Go all out and make them shaped like peace signs.
  • The Groovy 70s: Think bold colors, funky shapes, and disco ball elements. You could even make them look like concert flyers or disco party announcements.

Pro tip: Even in the digital age, physical invitations can add a personal touch. But, if you want to go paperless or your guest list is a bit far-flung, consider e-vites. They are just as effective and can be designed to suit your theme.

Your invites should clearly convey the party era, location, date, time, and most importantly, the dress code. After all, you want your guests to have ample time to plan their outfits!

And there you go! Your first step towards an unforgettable vintage-style bash is complete! With these snazzy invites, your guests will be marking their calendars and starting their countdown to your party in no time! Up next: Organizing a Photo Booth With Retro Props for some snapshot fun! Stay tuned to add that extra zing to your event!

Organizing a Photo Booth With Retro Props

Alright, listen up you shutterbugs! We’re here to dish out some tips on how to set up a fantastic photo booth for your vintage bash. We know, we all live in the era of smartphone selfies, but nothing beats the charm of a classic photo booth, right? It’s a fantastic way to capture the glitz, glam, and giddy memories of your party night!

Here’s your snapshot to creating a vintage photo booth:

  • The Booth Itself: It can be as simple or elaborate as you wish. A vintage-style curtain, a sequin drape or a themed backdrop related to your era – like a jazz club poster for the 20s or a disco ball shimmer for the 70s, can do the trick.
  • Props Galore: Fill a box with era-specific props. Feather boas and fake pearl necklaces for the 20s, cat-eye glasses and scarves for the 50s, tie-dye bandanas and peace signs for the 60s, or funky wigs and shiny disco masks for the 70s.
  • Vintage Filters: If you’re going digital with your pictures, consider applying monochrome or sepia filters to your photos for that vintage feel. You could even hire an old-school Polaroid camera for an extra touch of nostalgia!
  • Fun Frames: Provide cardboard frames that guests can put their printed photographs in. Customize them with phrases or symbols from the era.

Pro Tip: Ensure your photo booth is in a well-lit area of your party venue. Good lighting is key to good pictures.

Setting up a photo booth adds an interactive element to your party and gives your guests a keepsake to remember the night. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words, and these snaps will serve as a fun memento!

So, strike a pose and say cheese! The only thing left to conquer is the perfect post-party gesture. Stick around as we’re just about to wrap things up with vintage-inspired favors that are as memorable as your event. Let’s dive right into our next section, shall we?

Gift Ideas: Favors Your Guests Will Love

Well, folks, we’re finally here – at the end of this magical time-traveling journey. And there’s no better way to cap off a vintage party adventure than by sending your guests home with a little memento. We’re talking party favors that pack a vintage punch!

Here’s your guide to gifts ideas that’ll score you some serious nostalgia points:

  • The Roaring 20s: Mini champagne bottles, flapper beads, feathered headbands, or compact mirror with an art deco design — any of these can make for glamorous favors that’ll dazzle your guests.
  • The Fabulous 50s: Consider mini jukebox replicas, classic recipe cards, vintage Coca-Cola bottles, or even miniature poodle skirts for their furry pals. It’s the 50s’ charm in cute little packages!
  • The Psychedelic 60s: Tie-dye bandanas, miniature lava lamps, flower power pins, or peace sign necklaces can make for groovy favors that encapsulate the spirit of free love.
  • The Groovy 70s: Disco ball keychains, miniature roller skates, would-you-believe-it mood rings, or vinyl coasters can be funky keepsakes that keep the 70s’ spirit alive.

Pro Tip: Personalize these favors with a note thanking each guest for attending – it’ll make them feel extra special.

These small tokens are not only a way to express your gratitude but also serve as a keepsake for your guests to remember your unforgettable soirée. The key? Embrace the details. Ensure that even your party favors blend seamlessly into your theme.

And with that, we’ve covered all corners! From kick-starting the idea to waving your guests goodbye, you now have all the elements to throw a vintage-styled party that’s as authentic as it is enjoyable. Now, it’s time to plan, execute, and party like it’s a blast from the past. Happy hosting!

After-Party Care: Leaving a Lasting Vintage Impression

So, you’ve planned, hosted, and lived up the ultimate vintage-style bash. Kudos! But wait, we’re not quite done yet. Ensuring a memorable party experience doesn’t stop once the last guest leaves. The crucial finishing touch to your flawless event is your after-party care – particularly your thank-you notes.

Here’s how to leave a lasting vintage impression:

  • Snail Mail Thank You: Keeping up with the vintage theme, why not opt for handwritten thank-you notes? Use postcards or stationary that match your party’s era for that extra touch.
  • Digital Gratitude: If you prefer the digital route, keep the nostalgia alive with vintage-themed email templates. Don’t forget to thank your guests for dressing up and participating in the games!
  • Snap & Share: Share the joy, share the fun! Make sure to send out party photos to your guests, be it via social media, email, or even printed out with your thank-you notes.
  • Lost and Found: Did someone forget their Parasols? Make a list of all the left-behinds and coordinate their return.

Pro Tip: Try not to procrastinate on these – strike while the iron (or the memories) is still hot.

Your after-party gestures ensure that the warm, old-world charm of your event lingers on, long after the party is over. These little extras solidify the kindness, consideration, and effort you invested in making sure your guests had a great time.

And that’s a wrap, folks! Your retro rodeo should now be etched in your guests’ memories, making them look forward to your next shindig. From the initial planning to the last thank-you note, you’re now equipped to throw a vintage-styled bash that’s fun, nostalgic, and unbelievably memorable. So what are you waiting for? Time to get partying like it’s way back when!


And there you have it, folks! The inside scoop on throwing a vintage-styled party that’ll stand the test of time. By now, you should feel all set to venture back to your favorite era and whip up a shindig that radiates old-world charm from every corner. From picking out an era and matching decor to curating the perfect era-specific playlist and whipping up retro recipes, we covered it all. Didn’t we promise you a complete guide?

But remember, while a vintage-themed party is all about recreating aspects from the past, the ultimate goal is to create new memories in the present. It’s about enjoying the process, letting your creativity flow, and most importantly, having a blast with your loved ones.

So, don’t stress the small stuff. Instead, focus on the fun! Because, at the end of the day, it’s not only about the bash you’ve thrown, but the smiles you’ve exchanged, the laughter you’ve shared, and the “remember when” conversations that will last for years to come.

Ready to step in your dancing shoes and tassels or bell-bottoms and tie-dye? It’s time to plan, prepare and, most importantly, party! We can’t wait to hear about your nostalgia-filled, trip-down-memory-lane kind of vintage party. Until then, happy planning party people!

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