How To Throw A Vintage Party!

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It’s been a busy month for birthdays at Vintage HQ – three out of four of our core team have celebrated their big day in the space of a fortnight! Whether there was something a little retro-magic about the month of May we don’t know, but we’re sure been having a fun time throwing some vintage birthday soirees to celebrate (armed with plenty of gin, of course!)

With that in mind, we wanted to share our top tips for throwing a great vintage-inspired party. Whether it be a birthday, a graduation surprise or simply just a ‘summer is finally on it’s way’ knees up, here are some things to consider to get your bash off to the perfect start.

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The setting
Many of you out there will be blessed with perfectly styled vintage homes – well done you! Having a party at home can save you quite a lot of money and create a relaxed, familiar environment for your guests – plus there’s no curfew! Although there is of course the nervousness that comes with a coaster-less drink set down on your teak table…

If you’re thinking of having a party at home, perhaps consider putting away some of your more valuables, or else closing off a bedroom/spare room for guests to leave their coats but not linger. If the idea is stressing you out or you have a large number of guests, perhaps consider local hire of a town hall or community centre – with a good theme, any hall can be transformed into vintage heaven – just ask us!

Decor
Despite our love of vintage, we’re a fairly modern bunch at Judy’s HQ – frills and frou frou just aren’t us (unless they fall into the delightfully kitsch category). We like to let vintage inform our design choices rather than dictate it, which is what you should do too. Prevent your decor from looking overbearing by sticking to a few key statement pieces – a hired in Tiki Bar, an amazing curtain photo backdrop, vintage-crockery or bold prints. All of these things at once might make guests feel like they’re in a museum – not a good look!

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Food and drinks
You’re going to need sustenance if you want to make it past 12pm! Catering rules suggest preparing an average of 3 canapés for each guest, although if your pals are like you might want to make a few extra! Jazz up your table with fancy plates and mix and match your crockery styles and sizes for an effortless vintage look. Top it all off with a cocktail trolley equipped with shakers, pretty glasses and umbrellas – ask guests to bring a bottle if you’re not quite sure what spirits to stock up with. 

Entertainment
With a good set of friends, entertainment at your party needn’t be flashy – it’s amazing what ambience you can set just with an iPad and a killer Spotify playlist. If you fancy going big guns, hire a singer or vintage vinyl DJ – and get your requests in early!

 

12244752_10207910672469057_7598799833425843544_oThe Outfits
And lastly, the piece-de-resistance! An outfit can make or break your experience as a host/hostess, so make sure it’s something fabulous, fun and comfortable – there’s no point looking amazing if you can’t move an inch. Whether you’re asking your guests to stick to a theme or simply go wild, our events should be your first stop shop – you simply never know what one-off treasure you’re going to find!

Introducing Judy’s Affordable Vintage Digest Issue #8 – SS16

 

Screen Shot 2016-05-04 at 10.20.17It’s that wonderful time again! We proudly introduce issue #8 of our digital vintage magazine, Judy’s Affordable Vintage Digest – your one-stop-shop for all things Judy’s fair, vintage furniture flea and kilo sale.

With Spring finally sprung, this issue is dedicated to all things warm and sunny – think pretty pastels, summer wardrobes and fresh starts for your home. Whether you’re in need of a revision break or just treating yourself to a quiet moment in the new found sunshine, this issue of Judy’s Digest is a vintage magazine jam-packed full of inspiration. Get motivated to spring-clean that wardrobe by checking out our gallery of fabulously dressed customers, or break out the sewing machine like our new upcycling expert James Reeves. Not feeling quite so energetic? That’s fine by us too – we have the ultimate guide to in-season homeware that you can shop online, or kick back in front of one of our retro-approved movies.

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So what are you waiting for? Pull up a poufee, fix yourself a gin (or pot of tea) and get reading! Don’t forget to tell us what you think either – tweet us @judysvintagefair or pop us an email to magazine@judysvintagefair.co.uk.

In the mood for some shopping? Why not pop along to one of our upcoming events?