Going Out This Weekend? Try Some Dress-Up Ideas from the Collection

Birdcages, floppy hats and shamrock hats–that’s right, it’s party night at the Smithsonian Libraries


It’s long been advised to learn from the past, and this weekend, we bring to you a selection of recently digitized finds from the collections at the Smithsonian Libraries. We figure you might learn a tip or two on party going. This pamphlet, entitled The 1917 Party Book, has everything you need to know to make sure your night out is a memorable one.

Party goers don fancy hats for a swinging good time. Photo courtesy of Smithsonian Libraries.

Parties are great, but costume parties are even better. Don’t show up to your social engagement unprepared! Let these costumes and party ideas guide you through this Friday’s soiree, from birdcages to matching “Pats.”

The birdcage dress is always a favorite with partygoers. Or, if you’re looking for something a bit more low-key, try on a flower mask. (No birds were harmed in the making of this illustration.) Photo courtesy of Smithsonian Libraries.

The original single lady, Miss Valentine knows “if you liked it, then you should’ve put a ring on it.” Photo courtesy of Smithsonian Libraries.

Planning a costume for two? The slightly out of season Pat and Patricia are the perfect pair. Don a shamrock and let the party begin. Photo courtesy of Smithsonian Libraries.


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