Start Planning Your 1940s-Themed Party for the Memorial Day Premiere of Bomb Girls: Facing the Enemy
05.17.14 by Mandy
It's never a bad idea to have a theme party, and we're always looking for an excuse to wear a cute, new hat. Seeing as the premiere of the REELZ original movie Bomb Girls: Facing the Enemy is coming up soon, we thought we'd put together a plan for one hep 1940s-style party.
First we'll deal with what to wear. It's easy enough to find '40s-inspired dresses on the interwebs, but don't forget that both ladies and fellas in the '40s rarely left the house without a hat. If you have the time and the inclination, we recommend check out some vintage stores to find a headpiece worthy of Gladys Witham. If not, check out a video on how to tie a turban to get that authentic VicMu look. For any lady who's not interested in getting all dolled up, go full on factory worker and pair the turban with some coveralls. The fellas would be in authentic '40s style just by wearing a long sleeved, button-up shirt and some dungarees with a cap, or a suit and tie with a fedora. But let's be honest, it's the ladies who have the fun clothes for this party.
Next is the menu, and we feel obligated to urge everyone NOT to serve Lorna's ground-tongue meatloaf recipe. We checked with the 1939 edition of The American Woman's Cook Book, and it recommends that hosts of a party in a "maidless home" have a cocktail party. Seeing as most of us here don't have a live-in maid, that sounds like a good start. Which leaves us with the decision about what 1940s appetizers to choose. Well, keep in mind that in Canada during the war, eating lobster and other shellfish was encouraged because it left beef and pork available for the soldiers on the front lines. We don't know about everybody else, but we're definitely willing to do our patriotic duty and eat lobster. We think Lobster Canapes or perhaps some Crab or Lobster Sandwiches cut into little, fancy shapes would be perfect. It'd also be fun to honor Betty McRae by serving her favorite, onion and tomato sandwiches, but there is really no shortage of fun veggie options to serve. Our favorite is likely this vegetable platter that features Cauliflower with Cream sauce served surrounded by Peas in Potato Cups with some carrot sticks thrown around for good measure. Really, anything is fair game as long as there's some kooky, mid-century food crafts involved. We would also fully support anyone who wants to serve a gelatinous, "in aspic" monstrosity at their party. Just don't be offended if people treat it like it's a centerpiece and avoid actually eating it.
Finally, we need something to do at the party, and this one's easy: watch Bomb Girls. But for those wanting to get some after-party action going, try some dancing. We found this vintage jitterbug instructional video. It might not be as good a dance instructor as Betty's old ice box door, but it should do if you're in a pinch.
That's it. The parties all planned. Now all that's left to do is invite some friends over and watch Bomb Girls: Facing the Enemy on Memorial Day at 9p ET/ 8p PT on REELZ.
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Main blog image and video courtesy MGM.