Marilyn Monroe…need I say more

I am, one of may women who are mystified by the complex and beautiful Marilyn Monroe.  She was so confident being Marilyn yet so overwhelming insecure as her real self.  Well aren’t we all!  She said and did so many great iconic things- I mean our culture will always remember her as ‘the other woman’ singing to the president.  Weather you agree with her or not, she was and still is the Marilyn Monroe.

This year I decorated for a Marilyn themed birthday party.  I knew I wanted to use Marilyn’s oh so famous quotes and images.  For the guest of honor’s (who had a fun full of life personality) big day, I knew I could take the decorations a bit was over the top, so I added glitz and glam to everything.  I’m such a girly girl, so this private birthday party was fun to decorate.

My mother in laws ceramic Marilyn doll.

I picked up a great book on Marilyn and used the photos and quotes to add to the tables.

I mixed photos of the birthday girl with Marilyn’s photos.

Use a clear vase to add a collage of photographs.

I love how this metal picture stand looked with Marilyn’s quote, photo and the birthday girl’s photo.  I picked it up at Jo-Ann’s fabrics because you can adjust the height of each rod, which gave a great effect on the guest book table.

Love how this ceramic container looked with a rhinestone sticker from Michael’s.

Customize everything!

Tissue balls add a lot of glam with very little money.  I loved using a boa to hang these!

Trim everything with craft scissors.

The guest of honor loves purple and pink, so I used p&p with gold and silver which are great neutrals to work with.

The guest book was the perfect place to add shine with rhinestone!  Why not!?

Don’t forget the dessert!  How classic is Marilyn in this one!!!  How fun!

It’s a Disco Party

Not too long ago I turned, well older and went all out with a “disco” themed party.  Deciding what to wear was hard until I saw it…the purple polyester jumpsuit straight out of (I like to believe) Studio 54!  I bought it used from FireflyVintage on Etsy for $55.00.  But, since every seller on Etsy has their own private shops, you can contact them through Etsy and simply ask if they have any sales running or if they can do better with shipping.  It is always worth asking since 9 times out of 10 I do get a discount.

I just happened to have my mother in laws 1960’s round shades that have 5 other lenses!  I felt the suit needed a belt to break it up, so I found the perfect gold link belt at a local antique shop for $5.00.  Since this suit has such a deep neck, it had to have a chunky necklace, which I found on Etsy at GloriasJewelryBox for $20.00.  This owl has the perfect 70’s feel and picks up the aqua from the jumpsuit.  I already owned the gold wedges which are from Cole Haan.  If you look closely I have a pack of Basic smokes tucked into my top (hey why not- that is what they did in the 70’s).  My gold purse was purchased from a local thrift store for $5.00.  I picked up my bracelet for $200 from a local thrift shop.

I dolled up my face with plenty of rouge, lip gloss and fake eyelashes.  My hairdresser Amanda from, Salon Sabeha in Portsmouth gave me my perfect 1970’s glam do.

Never underestimate a perfect outfit for an important occasion.  I felt as good as I looked and had the time of my life.  Remember to have a couple of tricks…. like this wig I came out in near the end of the night!  Live it up and go all the way with the right ‘outfit’!