This post is outrageously overdue. I intended to have it posted the day after the party, but hours turned to days, days to weeks, and eventually 4 busy months later it has finally come to fruition!
It wasn't difficult to decide that my love of the epic film Titanic had to be commemorated by having a themed costume party on the centennial anniversary of the last dinner on the Titanic. It had to happen, because, frankly, I don't plan on being around for the Bicentennial and when is another excuse to throw a Titanic themed party going to come along. It was easily settled that this party would occur on the 14th of April and a smattering of close friends and family agreed to go along with my obsessive Titantics (hehe). They humoured me for an evening and in return I was blessed with a milestone event that will forever be synonymous with my 20's.
Here is a glimpse of the invitations.
The design was adapted from a image by Antonella from 2008...I pretty much just added the "Come Aboard"...Antonella, Leo & Kate did the rest.
For the interior design I used an image from my favourite tumblr page Period Films &c to frame the content of the invitation.
Notice how "Formal Edwardian attire" was suggested. I really love any excuse to dress up when it's not Halloween. I also force those around me to feel this way. Sorry if I get a bit pushy with it (I even rented costumes and all sorts of accessories for my guests to dress up with). Some say I go a little overboard --"Sorry, you just seem like more of an ...indoor girl."
Here's the loading dock. (I planned on making White Star Line tags, but time got away from me.)
My darling friend, Makayla was clearly elated as she boarded! I always tell her, I remember hearing about her when the movie was originally in theatres, back when we were kids. She was known as the girl who saw Titanic in theatres "20 times!" All those viewings paid off when she won the trivia game later in the night.
Ladies in the First Class Lounge "congratulating themselves on being masters of the universe"--actually, I have no idea what they were talking about. It was probably more interesting and modest than that if I had to guess.
You're right. Your eyes are not deceiving you. Why, yes, those are cherubs affixed to the staircase. I thought they looked Edwardian at the time.
Tracy & Hannah dressed to the nines and looking dazzling!
Rose's butterfly comb was also present at the party as well as other fancy accessories. I even had a book with the fashions of 1912 set up in the water closet to inspire guests.
I have a few regrets this evening. One, is that I do not feel like I took enough pictures of the delicious dinner my mom prepared. I was able to capture the asparagus salad and the fruit, but unfortunately that was it. I know we had the creamed carrots, chateau potatoes, chocolate eclairs, and some other entrees that I can't recall, but we finished them off before I could snap their picture.
You can see the portholes I made in the picture below. Another feature I forgot to capture closer. We enjoyed great company and conversations by candlelight. Makayla had music playing for us that would have been playing during the dinner in 1912.
And, here are some gorgeous ladies! This was probably sometime during the trivia game which featured questions like : "What occupation does Rose’s mother fear she may have to resort to?" and "What lake did Jack fall through while ice fishing with his father?" It was close competition..."Bleedin' close."
Here are some more gorgeous ladies!Here is my beautiful mom announcing what we could expect for our dinner. She was preparing the food for hours that day right up to the last minute.
Jody and Makayla were not only elegant and refined, but proved they knew their Titanic trivia!
They recently returned from the UK. Their brilliant smiles give them away for they had quite the time, so I hear.
Here is my ever-encouraging, beautiful cousin, Leah. Moreover, she is the definition of urbane.
Here's a pseudo-candid photograph of me enjoying my dinner. ;)
Alright, alright, pretty sure there weren't peace signs on the Titanic...Pretty sure those didn't even exist yet!
I had a fit of maniacal laughter after altering this picture. You must know that my brother, James would not be caught dead at one of my costume parties --especially in a tuxedo. This was absolutely Photoshopped.."He shines up like a new penny."
Makayla won my drawing having scored the most points during the trivia game.
Here's the whole group except my dad who had to be the photographer. Although, it slightly reminds me of the picture at the end of The Shining.
Thank you to everyone involved! I am so indebted to you all for giving me such a divine memory.