Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Large, Intimate Parties || Glitzy Gatsby Inspiration

I have to admit something to you. I did not read The Great Gatsby until this spring. For some reason we were reading Heart of Darkness (believe me, it's dark) and Moby Dick (not even going to go there...) instead of this classic. I have several friends who hold it as their favorite novel and were both eager and skeptical about the Baz Lurhman movie. I couldn't add my opinion, and so I picked it up while working at the campus bookstore. It took me two days to finish and I came out really enjoying it! It's not in my top five or even ten, but I could easily recognize why it has stood the test of time.

However, I do LOVE Baz Lurhman! He has a very unique and specific directing style that I so enjoy and admire! He directed Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet (also with Leonardo DiCaprio) and those do fall into my favorites. His over the top, somewhat overwhelming, montage-loving style seemed in my mind perfect to encompass Gatsby's larger than life tendencies and expectations. I loved the move and am so glad it's out on DVD! I'll have to Netflix it, but you bet it's on my Christmas list.

Another thing I love about this remake is all the Gatsby inspired weddings, parties, and photo shoots that have come about! Who doesn't love a little glitter and Art Deco? I'd love to throw a Gatsby-esque soiree one of these days. Maybe when we get the backyard in tip-top shape (if that happens...). I picture lights strung on the fence and trees, fun finger foods, loud music, and lots of pearls and beaded dresses. It may just be a dream, but here is my inspiration:

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"In his blue gardens men and girls came and went 
like moths among the whisperings
 and the champagne and the stars." 
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Like I said, I'm loving how popular glitzy Gatsby weddings have become. I mean, I do love a good shabby-chic barn wedding, but it's a nice change of pace! Anywho, I'm off to read the novel again. What do you think? Will the Gatsby phase pass, or are you loving it too?

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17 comments:

  1. Gatsby is just awesome. Using the theme for a wedding would be too perfect!

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  2. I've been wanting to do a Gatsby-themed party for a while now too! Haha, by the time I get around to it it will be so out!

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    1. Haha, I know what you mean! I don't know if I'll ever make time for it, but it's such a fun idea.

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  3. Gatsby is literally my favorite book of all time so it's here to stay for me! I have always loved learning about the 20s era so when I finally read The Great Gatsby in high school, I fell in love. Since the movie just came out, there are a lot of great ideas floating around-- so I think I'm going to give my rehearsal dinner a 20s theme!

    Lauren @ How Beautiful Are the Feet

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    1. That sounds beautiful! What a unique way to work it into the celebration even if you have another theme for the day-of. I love it!

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  4. Gatsby themes are great fun, but they're kindaaaa missing the point of the whole novel, right? The whole book is a warning against the hollowness and insincerity that comes with an upper-crust, party lifestyle....but that's ok, let's wear our best sequins and dance the night away! No seriously though, any excuse to wear a long strand of pearls and I'm in- it just makes me chuckle a bit wondering what Fitzgerald would think about this trend. ;)

    Loving your Seattle journey, Bailey! Continue to sic 'em!

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    1. So true. Goes to show we haven't learned our lesson yet and still search after the flashy glitz and glam that supposedly brings fulfillment. And thanks for reading! I can't wait to hear about your European adventures! You're living my dream!

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  5. I love this! I'm a huge Gatsby fan! Robert Redford, what a classic and now DiCaprio. Hello New Years Eve Party!

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    1. NYE sounds like the perfect Gatsby event! Can't wait to see how it goes :)

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  6. AH. That little mood board makes me want to bathe in glitter. IT IS FABULOUS! Gatsby is such a classic, through and through. :)

    Just wanted to let you know I nominated you for the most versatile blogger award! Why? Because your designs are BEAUTIFUL and your posts are refreshingly honest and sweet. Always something sweet and positive to find here. Thank you always for sharing and posting!

    You can find the award here: http://coffeeandhoneycomb.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-versatile-blogger-award.html

    CHEERS!
    XO.

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    1. Thank you so much! That just made my morning :D And bathing in glitter is always a good idea, haha!

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  7. I read Gatsby in the 10th grade and have loved it ever since! I haven't had time to watch the movie yet but I love all your glitzy Gatsby inspiration!

    Lauren,
    http://atouchofsoutherngrace.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks, girl! Love your blog name by the way ;)

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  8. That's amazing! I would love to attend a Gatsby Glam wedding. :)

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  9. I remember reading it in high school and liking it ... and the old Robert Redford movie was a great depiction of the tale until this one came out! It was wild and glitzy but so artsy too! And Leo can do no harm!

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  10. I have to admit I've never read or seen Gatsby but I do loe the aesthetic that it represents! Such yummy inspiration for an event or even home decor :)

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