Vintage White Elephant – Party Retro

Posted by PartyWeDo on Tuesday, May 1, 2012

White elephant gift giving retro style

The tradition of giving a white elephant gift dates back centuries in the Far-east. Vintage white elephant giving was a royal event and is much different than how we view the process today.

white elephant gifts at a vintage partyThe white elephant exchange is the perfect venue for sharing gifts in a social activity and is why it so popular. The smartest hosts know that memorable parties use great themes that give guests something unique to remember.

There is a huge craze for all things vintage at the moment. Vintage shops are popping up left, right and center and vintage items are flooding online sites like eBay. With so much vintage love going on it is not surprising that it has become a popular party theme. Whether it’s a wedding reception, bridal shower, birthday party or anniversary the vintage theme works really well and the décor that you choose should tie everything together.

Bunting All The Way!

No vintage party would be complete without streams of bunting flying from the rafters. There are two main types of bunting; fabric and paper. Fabric bunting is made to last whereas paper bunting is normally only made for one or two applications. Choose bunting that has flags in pastel shades such as pinks, blues and greens for a real vintage feel. You could event go for floral patterned flags if you wanted to too. If you are at all crafty then you could have a go at making your own paper bunting as it is very simple.

Tea Cups Galore!

In the run up to your party scour your local charity and second hand shops for crockery. For a white elephant gift party, find elephant-styled cups. You will find that many of them will have sets of tea services being sold really cheaply. I recently did this to find crockery for an afternoon tea themed wedding and I managed to pick up 6 cups and 6 saucers for 1.50 in one shop.  They were white, had pink flowers with green leaves and a beautiful gold rim. The great thing about a vintage theme is that all of your crockery doesn’t need to match. In fact, it looks cuter if you have many different designs.

The Cherry on Top!

No vintage party would be complete without stacks of classic cakes piled high on beautiful cake stands. Cake stands can be quite expensive to buy but there are some beautiful vintage themed cardboard stands available to buy. You could buy some doilies and pretty cupcake wrappers in colors that match your bunting as a real finishing touch. Choose cakes like Cherry Bakewells, French Fancies and Fairy Cakes.

Asking people to come in their best vintage dresses and suits will make it feel extra special. These are just some ideas for your party invitation there are many other things you could consider such as pick ‘n’ mix jars, chalkboard messages, and homemade pink lemonade and lace table cloths!

Vicky works alongside Maia Gifts who sell vintage, retro and modern gift ware.

Thanks to Fanta for the image of the white elephant gift tea server


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