If you are following my blog, you know by now that I have been collecting hats for many years. Along the way, I picked up some vintage fox fur stoles that were very popular in the 30’s and 40’s. I’m also fond of vintage gloves and I have an extensive collection of costume jewelry.
It takes some time to prepare for this type of hat party but it is worth every effort. The “cocktail hour”. the “dress up” period, the “picture-taking” and the ultimate “restaurant revelation” makes everyone feel happy, special and very glamorous! It makes for a real “Somewhere In Time” evening.
One of my favorite parts of the preparation process is getting out the beautiful “Rosepoint” crystal champagne glasses and plates that my mother left to me. Shirley is having a Martini but Donna and I are enjoying the “old fashioned” way of sipping our champagne in these beautiful cut crystal glasses!
As this is a “theme” party, the invitations included certain “rules” for those who participated. I asked them to wear a simple dark outfit e.g. black, brown, navy. This would assure that the hats, furs, gloves and jewelry would be showcased and give the ensemble that “vintage” look. My friends were only too happy to oblige.
During the second hour of the party, each of my friends went to the “sitting room” to choose an ensemble. I was very pleased that each one of them found something that was, not only beautiful, but flattering to their hair and eye color. And, of course, I helped choose the hat that was just right for each one!
I gave my friend Judy a “high” black hat that I bought at Harrods in England. Carol wore a gorgeous black hat with sparkles that complimented her crystal jewelry. Patsy was adorned in a beautiful brown hat with a large bow. Barb was in a small navy decorative hat angled on her head. My own hat, made by a milliner in Oregon, is one of my most stunning chapeaus!
As there were ten of us, I am selecting a few close-ups, but I hope you will notice in the group shots how perfectly the girls chose their individual looks. What can I say, my friends have very good taste.
We had an hour after dressing to enjoy more champagne and hors d’oeuvres and take some wonderful photos. I was thrilled that the girls were having so much fun and really “getting into character” for this night.
I really loved the hat that Donna chose. It suited her personality perfectly. She is a very elegant lady with a lot of poise and as she sat in her chair she reminded me of Grace Kelly. I have had that hat for many years and, believe me, it is tough to store with those long feathers! It looked beautiful on her.
I know that you are going to enjoy “the rest of the story”. Naturally, I wanted us to be visible in our beautiful and unique attire. I had made a reservation at an upscale restuarant that is very popular and I knew it would probably be crowded on a Friday night. We arrived a little early and decided to wait at the bar.
Obviously, there was not room for ten ladies at the crowded bar. That was when I met the handsome, and very “dapper” Phil. After laughing and suggesting that we were certainly not a PETA convention, he offered to buy two bottles of Veuve Clicquot Champagne. Soon we were passing flutes of champagne amongst the girls. Thanks Phil, you are very generous.
After being seated at our table, we continued the chatting and laughter and thoroughly enjoyed our meal. People were coming over to the table to ask about our event. I was astonished when a woman at a table next to us turned out to be a member of my high school graduating class. It was quite the coincidence. Several people were trying on our hats.
The end of the evening proved to be quite the “brouhaha” because someone had cancelled my ride home and some of us were stranded. Oh well, Phil to the rescue again. He ended up having his “driver” take us home, a considerable distance out of the way. We were very grateful.
I have to admit that cleaning up and puting hats etc. away after this kind of party is quite a chore. However, it was a memorable evening and everyone enjoyed it immensely. Buddy, my Miniature Schnauzer, kept me company as I put my house back together again. Buddy loves hats!
You don’t have to have a hat collection to have a wonderful hat party. Just have everyone wear their own favorite hat and see how much fun you will have. A hat makes you feel graceful and elegant.
Men will notice and compliment you. And they may even buy you some champagne!