Thursday, June 4, 2015

Guide to the Jazz Age Lawn Party

Its almost that time of year, the one Ive been talking about since last year, the Jazz Age Lawn Party! June 13th and 14th and again in August, guys and dolls detangle your fringes, dust off your bow-ties, shine your dancing shoes and glitter it up for all that jazz. This year is the 10th anniversary and we expect Micheal Arenella and his Dream Land Orchestra to put on the show of a decade.

What to Expect

Getting there is easy! Dont stress. The ferry is really large with many locations of origin to choose from in Manhattan and Brooklyn. It quickly breezes over to the island, and then you have a short walk down a path to the party. Thats it. Its free for the early weekend trips and may have a $2 fee for other times. Check the schedule and list of locations here.

Once you arrive, its a big summery picnic. Bring a blanket, grab a spot on the lawn and just relax for the afternoon. There are dancing lessons, performances, photo booths, food food food and drinks!

The St. Germain  vintage truck comes with a whole caboodle of 1920s inspired cocktails. Dont be fooled, they may taste light and refreshing but they pack quite a punch. You want to get your drinks and food earlier if possible, the lines get pretty long later in the afternoon.

Martini & Rossi, Ommegang Brewery and Duvel will also be there to add a little bubbly and beer to festivities.

Make sure to catch Gregory Moore and the Dream Land Follies, their costumes are fantastic and the performance will be one of the highlights of  your day.

For all of us vintage lovers, there is plenty of vintage shopping with great vendors from the city saving up all their jazz age goodies for the event. The prices are really good and the selection is great too. You might just want to buy a few dresses and have changes through out the day... at least I did last year!

I get the package that includes tickets because its easier for me since Im a stress freak. If you only purchased entry tickets, buy your drink and food tickets early. The food and drink vendors only accept tickets and the clothing vendors only accept cash/cards.

Everyone dresses up so dont be shy and expect one of the best fashion "shows" of the season.

What to Bring

Sunscreen, although there is a good amount of shade to be found.

Food and Drink, You can pack food for a picnic but you cannot bring alcoholic beverages onto the ferry or into the party.

A blanket or picnicking gear.

Shoes fit for grass and dancing.

Last year I forgot a sweater and got a little chilly on the ferry home.

What to Wear

If you havent been planning your outfit already since February, there is still time to find the perfect frock. Below Ive put together a little shopping wish list of perfect 1920s -1930s day party dresses. A lot of these shops specialize in 1920s dresses, so browsing is worth a look.

If you live in the city, which likely you do, here are a few shops in town that have great vintage selections for the last minuet shoppers. If you stop by Amarcord, go to the Soho location and ask to see the 1920s pieces. These are not always out on the floor, but are available by special request.  

Amarcord Vintage Fashion

What Goes Around Comes Around

New York Vintage

Screaming Mimi's

If you are dressing on a budget you can still get away with a killer look by putting a little more effort into your hair, makeup and accessories. I know, the finger wave can be hard, especially if you have long hair. Below is an easy tutorial for the 1920s look in the title image. 

See you on June 13th! XoXo


  1. Wonderful tips and garments - the ethereal airiness and soulful beauty of 20s and 30s garb like this always turns my knees to jelly.

    Have a fabulous time at the JALP!

    ♥ Jessica

  2. You never cease to amaze... and delight... I love the 1919 Vintage dress.