It may be 70 years since the end of the Second World War but tonight in a secret bunker in Milton Keynes, it could have easily happened yesterday. Gin Fizz recreated the spirit of those celebrations with such attention to detail it’s not hard to see why they’ve been nominated for the ‘Breakthrough Business Award 2015’ by The National Vintage Awards.
Getting ready for a 1940’s themed party is not something that happens to me every day. In fact this was my first 40’s themed anything. I had a lot of fun researching into what dress styles were suitable, make-up and hair ideas. Real girlie girl stuff. I finally settled on a polka dot tea dress from a company called Lindy Bop who specialise in recreating vintage fashions. I was really impressed by the quality of the dress, especially considering the price it was. And it was comfortable! It made me feel a proper lady wearing it. Slight confession although nothing new to all of you who know me, I am a total magpie with an obsession for things that sparkle so I did stray from completely authentic 40’s footwear. They were Mary Jane, they were the right shade, but they also were completely covered in gold glitter. (Sorry, not sorry!) I finished my outfit with simple pearls and modest make up and I was ready and off we went to the secret bunker in South MK…
Walking into the darkened bunker with its massive Union Jack flags and rows of intimate tables and chairs, we were greeted by the bar where fine men in crisp shirts and braces were mixing cocktails up a storm. All the cocktails were themed and chosen specifically for the night. From ‘The Spitfire’ to ‘Vessel 75’ and ‘Nagako’ they were all mixed to order and with a real dash of talent, squeeze of style and lashings of taste. Bravo barmen.
The entertainment was courtesy of Lili La Scala who sang with the most beautiful tones and gave us renditions including Dame Vera Lynn’s “We’ll Meet Again” and of course “God Save Our King” (Not weird – It is 1945!). Getting us into the party swing was The Last Time Ragtime Band who got everyone dancing and twirling with their Lindy Hop Jazz.
It was a real pleasure to see the effort that all the 200 guests made for the evening, both men and women left no detail uncovered. Victory rolls, 40’s tea dresses, Mary Jane shoes, service men uniforms, braces and Trilby hats. And the dancing! I think that some of the guests might be secret Lindy Hop pros. Very impressive moves. I honestly drifted off and imagined how I was experiencing and seeing a good knees up just like our grandparents experienced. Of course the evening was all about the fun but with VE Day just a couple of days ago, nostalgia for our ancestors was real and hanging in the air. Bravo Gin Fizz. You gave me a night I wont forget in a while.