The Great “Great Gatsby” Party

Last Saturday, after running (and winning my age group!) at the St. Leo’s 10K race, I had a birthday party to look forward to. A surprise 1920s/Great Gatsby-themed 30th birthday party for my friend Liz! I had ordered a dress online that was perfect but come party-day, it hadn’t arrived. I rushed over to Forever 21 and hit their sale rack to find something with sequins. I figured with a sparkly dress, a headband and long pearls, I could pull off a flapper look. Then just 3.5 hours before the party, my dress arrived! Wahoo!

I did my hair & make-up. The dark eye make-up turned out pretty well!  My date said “Wow…I don’t think I’ve ever seen you with so much eye make-up!” ha! I don’t think I’ve ever seen myself with that much eye make-up either but I kiiiinda liked it.

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But the hair was more Farrah Fawcett, less flapper. See? Farrah.

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Great Gatsby Party: My Hair, Makeup & Outfit!

I got a bit rushed for time so even though I’d googled 1920s hairstyles I couldn’t pull it off! So, I just tucked it up and pinned it under to create a bob-ish look, threw the headband on, drew on red lipstick, and voila, I instantly felt like I belonged in The Great Gatsby. [The white mark on my cheek is a dirty mirror, not a poorly applied beauty mark. :)]

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The party was held in the VIP room at Tate’s.

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I felt so fancy up there looking down on my minions the crowd.

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Helloooo Spock ear. That’ll teach me to feel high & mighty in the loft private room.


The girls looked pretty great as a group!


The men lacked our creativity. 😉

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The signs cracked me up. Fortunately, I don’t think we had any pickpockets or loose women on the run.

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Happy Birthday Liz!




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  • Stephanie @ Legally Blinde

    You look stunning!! What a great outfit! And I love what you did with your hair. Beautiful!

  • janetha

    Oh my gosh–how FUN! You looked amazing!

  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance

    I LOVE the outfit–what a fantastic theme!!

  • Mrs Type A

    You look gorgeous! I am DYING to host a great gatsby party.

  • Anna

    I love your dress, Teri! Where’d you find it? I’m SO excited about this 20s trend. (Thanks, Gatsby movie!)

  • Emily G.

    You look beautiful! What a fun party theme!

  • Betsy @ A Dancer In The Kitchen

    Spock ear, too funny! What a fantastic idea for a 30th bday party! I turn 30 in a couple months and cannot believe it yet!

  • Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run

    I spy a new Ellie tank – isn’t in fabulous!?

    You’re stunning, lady. Love the costume 🙂

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs

    Looks like such a fun party! Love your outfit!

  • BroccoliHut

    I love the idea of a Great Gatsby party! Truth be told, I’ve read the book four times now–clearly, it’s one of my faves!
    Your dress is gorgeous!

  • Trisha

    This is my dream party!! I LOVE the idea of a Gatsby theme and I simply cannot wait for the new Gatsby movie to come out. I think I may just have to throw a party like this on opening night. 😉
    You looked fab!

  • Meg

    Gorgeous! Bet you got to use some of the fun colors on the Naked palette! You do a smoky eye well. Party looked fun (happy birthday Liz!) and I hated to miss it!

  • Christina Fields

    LOVE the outfit!! You looked fab!
    (Also loved the curled look before you pinned it up. Don’t forget – Farrah Fawcett was a total babe)

    Your friend is a lucky girl being surrounded by such fun and thoughtful gals!