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Theme Party Inspiration: Moonrise Kingdom Campout

Suzy and Sam figuring out their escape plan.

Suzy and Sam figuring out their escape plan.

It’s no secret that I love vintage style, especially the loud prints and playfulness of the Sixties. My infatuation with the past started in the fifth grade when I discovered a little band called The Beatles (have you heard of them?). Ever since then, mod dresses, knee-high riding boots, tailored pea coats, and peter pan collars have all been staples in my closet.

A couple of months ago when I saw Wes Anderson’s new movie Moonrise Kingdom (which takes place in 1965), I kept shouting in my head “I have that bag!” and “I own a dress just like that!” The styling in the movie was made for me, and I started thinking about how fun a vintage camping party (or camping trip!) would be. I came home from the movie and immediately created aMoonrise Kingdom Campout Pinterest board full of details inspired by the movie.

Photo found on sweethomestyle.tumblr.com

Photo found on sweethomestyle.tumblr.com

Ahh, the great outdoors! Doesn’t this ocean side campsite look serene?

Francoise Hardy – La Collection ’62-’66. Image from Amazon.com.

Francoise Hardy – La Collection ’62-’66. Image from Amazon.com.

Bring along a portable record player for some dancing on the beach.

Binoculars and image from Etsy.com

Binoculars and image from Etsy.com

Like Suzy Bishop, you could go birdwatching (or people-watching!) with vintage binoculars.

Suitcase and image from Etsy.com.

Suitcase and image from Etsy.com.

Don’t forget to pack up your camping clothes in a yellow Samsonite suitcase!

You can see more ideas for a Moonrise Kingdom-inspired Campout on our Pinterest board!

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Theme Party Inspiration: Christmas in July

I got a sunburn on Christmas day last year. Instead of sipping hot cocoa next to a glowing fire, I played outside in the crisp kiwi sunshine. At first it felt so weird, and I missed the coziness of Christmas in Oregon. But by the end of our vacation, I felt pretty at home drinking white wine in the sun.

I loved our sunny Southern hemisphere Christmas so much, I’d like to do it all over again. And since plane tickets to New Zealand aren’t exactly cheap, I’ll have to do the next best thing: pretend it’s Christmas this summer in Oregon!

Everyone should experience what it’s like to sing Christmas carols in tank tops and flip-flops (a.k.a. jandals), so I created two “Christmas in July” theme party boards (one traditional theme and one trendy theme) to help you out.

For a traditional Christmas in July party, imagine a vintage picnic on the beach with red and white gingham, fresh berries, frozen hot chocolate, snowmen made of sand, and snowballs made of water balloons.

Christmas on the beach!

Christmas on the beach!

Eggnog Frozen Yogurt

Eggnog Frozen Yogurt

Snowball water balloons!

Snowball water balloons!

For a trendy Christmas in July party, imagine a neon green and neon pink pool party with cocktails, glow sticks, 80s Christmas songs, an island-style BBQ, and obligatory hipster mustache straws.

Decorations

Decorations

Cannon ball! Glow sticks in the pool.

Cannon ball! Glow sticks in the pool.

Obligatory mustache straws in bright pink cocktails

Obligatory mustache straws in bright pink cocktails

Which Christmas in July theme party suits you best: traditional or trendy?

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