How to make the Forties Happen!

If you’re going to have a party in a bombshelter, you gotta do it right!
*fanfare please*

*fanfare please*

We taped up our windows so they wouldn’t shatter when the bombs fell, we covered our modern (yet fugly) sofas with retro blankets, 

Sound advice. From a cushion.

Sound advice. From a cushion.

and then we prepared to feed the masses:

Everyone loves STEW!

Everyone loves STEW!

In between eating the majority of the stew and the corned beef sangers before anyone else arrived, we kept scurrying around doing some set dressing…

We were at this point panicing and freaking out...

We were at this point panicing and freaking out...

And after paying a mere 99p on ebay for a disc full of 4000 world war II posters, the rooms were looking fabu-mazing. 

Note the vintage radio and vintage tablecloth covering the not-quite-vintage stereo system
Note the vintage radio and vintage tablecloth covering the not-quite-vintage stereo system
We finished up with putting up our home made bunting and paper chains – which really did give the whole place a feel of make do and mend Britain. I know we’re not traditionally a massive flag-waving country, but you NEED Union Jacks everywhere for this kind of party!
Health and safety are key. See that chair? I'm not stood on it any more because when I did stand on it the back fell apart.

Health and safety are key. See that chair? I'm not stood on it any more because when I did stand on it the back fell apart.

We had some spare union jacks not on bunting (memo to us by the way – next time make the union jacks double sided!) so we found some uses for them too:
 
Leo Peas!! And informative Horrible Historical Literature x
Leo Peas!! And informative Horrible Historical Literature to boot. Thanks to Terry Deary for my lifelong love of history, btw

You should all note the first picture in the piece here – printed Union Jacks taped to chopsticks. Making do with what we had = free flags! Love it.

And that was that – everyone had a great time, the food was almost completely gone (including our pound shop retro sweets!) and all was well. The day after, whilst clearing up, this pair of morons started planning what their next party for no reason would be …
kl1940
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