Last weekend, the Jazz-Age Lawn Party took Govenors Island by storm with everyone decked out in their finest ’20s themed outfits and fanciful accessories.  We were blessed with perfect weather in the mild 80s with a slight breeze where we got to lay out on the lawn and enjoy some cocktails and upbeat music.


Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra stole the show and started the dance party with their energetic tunes.  For more uncoordinated people such as myself, there were dance lessons in the morning where dance legend Roddy Caravella patiently gave step-by-step instructions on how to do the Charleston.  Definitely skills you can take home to bust a move at your next party!  Later on in the day, professional dancers took to the stage and showed us how it’s really done, and after they paired with the audience to show everyone a great time.

The 7th year in the running, this event has been featured by The New York Times, who selected the Jazz Age Lawn Party as one of the most memorable parties of 2009 and 2010, Women’s Wear Daily and other style publications, as attendees take dressing up for the jazz age seriously!  Especially don’t be fooled by the ladies draped in jewels sporting a rifle posing by the 1920s Motorcar Exhibition on the lawn.

Cocktails were brought to us by St-Germain Elderflower Liqeur, a refreshing sangria packed with fresh fruits and a light, crisp fizzy drink topped with champagne.  Beer was also provided by Brooklyn BreweryWe cashed in on our VIP tickets via Thrillist Rewards for all-you-can-drink and enjoyed gourmet sandwiches, salads, and dessert (including apple pie!).  Other treats to enjoy in the sun included old-fashioned ice cream cones and ices and fresh-squeezed lemonade.

There were tons of vintage clothing dealers and boutiques with accessories, ranging from headbands, hats, jewelry, feathers, gloves, tie bars, bowties, and scarves – anything you could ever ask for to give your outfit just a little bit more fun and flair.

You could commemorate the moment with vintage portraits by Tsirkus Fotografika, after checking out the Bathing Beauties and Beaus Promenade, the Tug O’ War game (mud pit not included), the Parade of Hats, and the Pie Recipe Contest.  We sure wished we could have been the judges for that!

If you missed the party last weekend, don’t worry – they are doing it again in August!  Get your tickets and ensure yourself for the reprise taking place on Saturday, August 18th and Sunday, August 19th.