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Blitz party

Themed parties are always great fun – but top of the list for vintage lovers who like to dress up in 1940’s style has to be the Blitz Party!

Vintage Dorset Blitz party scene with air raid shelter sign

The fabulous Liz & Jeremy asked Vintage Dorset to provide WW2 scene setting and help organise a fun birthday Blitz Party in the vintage hall at West Parley.  Liz was expecting around 40 guests and had a fabulous dance host to help everyone get into the swing.

We loved every moment of this one!

West Parley Memorial Hall

Venue styling!

West Parley Memorial Hall is a vintage style “Anderson Shelter” shaped building with a great vibe – the perfect venue for a Blitz party.

We visited late last year to see out how we would set up the party using the existing trestle tables and how we might create a scene where guest could have pictures and get into the mood.

Our style ingredients included:

  • Bunting in red white and blue as well as vintage bunting in floral fabrics
  • Trestle tables with vintage tablecloths and old fashioned lemonade jugs
  • Wartime kitchen and home accessories including an old bakelite radio, kitchen scales and lots of lacy doilies
  • An air raid shelter scene with a battered brick wall facade, piles of sandbags a wooden sign pointing to the “Air Raid Shelter” union jack flags (including some genuine flags from the first world war)
  • Vintage Trunks and an original fold out WW1 camp bed with bedding rolls and bedside reading of wartime recipe booklets with old spectacles, a cup of tea, an old camera and a vintage communications tuner

Blitz Party 1940's scene by Vintage Dorset

Liz is taking an MA in First World War studies through the University of Birmingham so we wanted as many genuine props as we could find from both world wars but also to create a bit of fun fitting for a party.

Guests in military costumes at the Blitz party

The costumes were amazing – people really made a great effort and it all looked fabulous:

Ladies line up

Men in uniforms and costumes at a Vintage Dorset Blitz party

Land girls in WW2 outfits at a vintage dorset blitz party

Blitz Party Food

Now no respectable party would be complete without appropriate food and we were very happy to help source local produce in the Blitz Party theme. The menu comprised:

Sgt Bun’s glorious rustic bread

-real butter and local cheddar

– pickled eggs and pickled onions from Country Markets, Bridport Markets and Washingpool

– Home-made jams and home-made cakes from the Women’s Institute Country Markets

tea at the Blitz Party Vintage Dorset

Pickled eggs and onions at the Blitz Party by Vintage Dorset

rustic bread for a blitz party

vintage cheese blitz party fare
Even the staff dig in to bread and cheese at the Blitz Party
guests tuck in at the Vintage Dorset Blitz party
union jack bunting



Published by vdorset, on 13th March 2012 at 6:00 pm. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Events,Vintage Fashion,Vintage Food,Vintage Local History Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Blitz party

Back to the Blitz – 3rd Sept

Fancy a night on the tiles? The Bournemouth BIC together with the Tank Museum are hosting a fabulous evening of wartime dance music and entertainment on Saturday 3rd September – the perfect opportunity to coiffure your victory roll to perfection, dress up and step out!

Back to the Blitz PosterIts all happening at the Bournemouth Pavilion on Saturday 3rd September. Featuring the gorgeous Polka Dot Dolls, a 1940’s style trio, and the incredible Swing Unlimited big band. Nostalgic of World War II hangar dances this recreates the chance to kick back and forget everything, dress up and dance the night away…

Dress Code:

Dress up in 1940’s fashions: in uniform, mufti, or something more elegant!

The doors open at 7.00pm with music starting at 7.30pm giving you the opportunity to chat to our wartime housewife and policeman, find a seat and grab a drink from the bar before dancing begins!!!

Seats are on round tables, with 12 seats per table facing the bands and dance floor

Tickets are on sale now £20.

Call the Ticketline on 0844 576 3000, book online at www.bic.co.uk or visit the BIC or Bournemouth Pavilion Ticket Office in person.  Minicom 01202 454804.  Corporate & Community Groups 10+ 01202 451865

Download a poster here

trunks for hireVintage Dorset provides a range of 1940’s props and vintage accessories for Blitz parties. We have lots already including posters and music – but we’re also building special wartime props for scene setting at a party that’s happening soon and can’t wait to share pictures. If you want us to help with your war years event or reminiscence project then get in touch with us here.


Published by vdorset, on 30th August 2011 at 7:57 am. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Events,Vintage Fashion,Vintage Local History Tags: , , , , , Comments Off on Back to the Blitz – 3rd Sept