I attended a Great Gatsby event yesterday and got to party like a 1920s millionaire, thanks to my grandma in law who just turned 86 and my cousin who just turned 20.
You know I don’t normally get stressed out worried while making a cake but these cakes have given me a nightmare.
It all started in a fabric store where I was purchasing some feathers for the Gatsby cakes I was planning. I met a very funny gay guy who’s very helpful in giving me tips on how to dress up my cakes and myself. She said and I quote “missy you need to wear something vintage and glamorous, you’re bringing gold cakes for gods sake. Do you want to look like from “Back to the Future” movie”
She was not the only one who told me to dress the occasion, my two sisters urged me as well. And in my book, when you get the same warning from at least 3 person that means you gotta do something. So when I got home I googled looking for fashion inspiration. I got worried because the party is a week from then and I do not have the time to shop.
That night I had a nightmare exactly about what that Gay said. At the party I was from the “Back to the future”. It was in short an embarrassing nightmare, one that I shan’t risk making in real life.
So the following day instead of shopping I went to visit my fashionista sister and as always she has a solution to my fashion problem.
Here I was all clean and pampered, with pearly clip on my short curls, some accessories, a sophisticated beaded art deco dress and a 3 inch heels, ready to step back in time and dance the night away! (photo above ) Thanx to my sister M.
The roaring 20s is a very dramatic era. And it was especially true for the ladies because ladies fashion back then were sophisticated, flirty, glamorous and with a sense of rebelliousness. Men wear Ralph Lauren inspired neutral colored suits, but the ladies fashion was a different story. I think that the best way to describe it is “Extreme.” They wear an angry mix of laces, feathers, pearls, diamonds and fringes all at the same time yet surprisingly complementing one another. Aside from that, they wear thick make up, dangling earrings, sparkly hair accessories and short hair was apparently very stylish. And if you personally know me you can just imagine how much stressful it is for me trying to get The Look but I have to admit I love it. I mean what girl wouldn’t want to be draped in jewelries? Hello!?
Took me longer than usual to plan this cake. I like to incorporate most of the elements I saw in the Great Gatsby movie with a color scheme of black, white and gold. To make the cake roar like the 20s era, I added plenty of feathers, real ones and painted ones, some diamonds, fish net, pearls, and bold geometric patterns.
Now to the fun part. No Gatsby party will be complete without fresh and live entertainment from the celebrant and the audience!
This family loves to dance so its no wonder why they chose to recreate the 1920s party. That year was also known as the Jazz era, when new and upbeat jazz music coupled with exuberant and energetic dance moves became very popular. You know perhaps the whole purpose of the fringy flapper dresses were to show of those legs! Click on the video at the top page to see plus more photos from the roaring 20s.
After one party in the house of Gatsby I can truly say that 1920s is truly an exciting era that will never be forgotten. But I was exhausted. Ready to ride our little time machine and travel back to year 2014.
Till then see you later old sport! and P.S. if you’re planning a Great Gatsby Party don’t forget to bling it on with a Gold Cake!