Party Inspiration: A Gatsby Garden Party

And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.
— F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

A few years ago, I received a notification that many of my Facebook friends were interested in attending an event near me. It turns out that they, along with 42,000 others who RSVP’d were swept off their feet by the concept of a Gatsby Garden Party being thrown at the Spadina Museum in Toronto. It must have been something about the elegance, sophistication and flair of the 1920s coupled with the idea of reliving simpler times; immersed in a surly game of croquet, that drew them in.

Aside from the fact the The Great Gatsby is centered around the 1920s version of consumerism and frivolity (Jay Gatsby throws extravagant parties every Saturday night, using his lavish lifestyle to attempt to impress the love of his life), the concept of a party like this has intrigued me since it’s inception.

With flapper dresses and stylish hats, champagne and vintage jewelry, full of glitz and glamour, a Gatsby affair is special - it's not often we drink out of glitter coated glasses while we waltz around with parasols and floppy hats. It is, perhaps, a brief escape from the hustle and bustle of the 21st century and maybe just what we need to get our nose out of our phones.

So, while I don’t currently have a garden space to host anymore than 2 and a half people, I felt inspired by the blissfulness of summer to create an inspiration board for a Garden Party that would put Gatsby himself to shame. It's classy AF, old sport.

A quick note - the photos contained in this post are not my own and are being used as inspiration only.