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Dancing The Night Away, 1940's Style

Something Parker and I had been looking forward to for weeks was a Valentine's Day 1940's themed dinner dance put on by the Military Aviation Museum. It just screamed "fun, new experience" to us. Here's a fun fact about us: we love to dance! Here's another fun fact: we really aren't very good. We took country/western dance lessons in college and picked up about 3 moves, and those 3 moves are all we have. We love it though. We used to go dancing all the time in college, and I miss having a place close to just go dancing whenever you want. When we found out there was a dance on Valentine's Day, we were all in. And the 1940's theme? Yes, please.


The dance itself was located in an airplane hangar, a fact that definitely contributed to some of my husband's excitement over the evening. We had visited this museum before, but of course we did an abbreviated tour of the planes again and took the time to snap a few fun pictures. 



Two of our good friends joined us which made the evening all the more fun. I kept saying that the evening represented premium people watching. There were couples of all ages in attendance, and people really went all out with the costume portion. We learned traditional 40's-style dance steps, which we did for about 10 seconds before resuming our two-stepping. Hats off to those who have mastered swing dancing. We couldn't get the rhythm! 


I loved picking out our outfits for the dance. Parker was easy because he had a khaki uniform that looks fairly vintage and a leather bomber jacket that tied his look together. He even cocked his cover (hat) to the side like they used to. I thought he nailed it and looked so handsome! For my costume, I bought some black gloves and rented a little faux fur cape that was really fun to wear. My dress really wasn't 40's at all, but I was dying to wear it. I bought this dress from Target at the end of last year for Parker's squadron Christmas party. Life didn't quite go as planned last December as many of you know, and I ended up having surgery and spending some time in the ER the week of the party. So, no Christmas party for me. Therefore, I was so excited to wear the dress for the dance. I consider it a fairly conservative dress, but I'm sure it was much too short for the 40's. Even so, I loved it! I also tried out red lip stick for the first time since my 7-year-old dance recital. When in Rome...





This was such a cool thing to experience together and something we will always remember when we look back on our time in Virginia. So glad we stopped to document so we have all of these pictures! I I edited the above pictures to have a vintage feel for the full effect. Parker wanted to do the same, so here is his version of a 1940's photograph. Which is more vintage? Well, neither. They were taken in 2015 and edited on a Mac.



Such a fun night!


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19 comments :

Laura Seel said...

This looks like so much fun! I love that you guys got to dress up in such a fun theme! And you rock that lipstick color!!

Janelle Vannice said...

So cool!! This sounds like a blast. Dan LOVES dancing, but I get really embarrassed about it... he wants to take some lessons (we did one before our wedding), and I think that's the only way he could get me out on the dance floor.

Cayte Brown said...

Pretty pretty! You should come to the Banque with me sometime... it's a country western bar off of Little Creek Road!

Aishlea said...

You look so beautiful! This looks like a ton of fun!

Carly Blogs Here said...

This looks like so much fun- you guys nailed the 1940s look!

Jen said...

I love this! What a fun night this must have been. You look gorgeous. :)

Kourtney Martin said...

Such a cool event! I wish they did something like that around here, and it makes it so much cooler that Parker is actually a pilot! Love the pictures - you guys look great! :)

Kourtney @ ksmmartin.blogspot.com

Susannah said...

How fun!!!! You two look adorable!

Susannah said...

How fun!!!! You two look adorable!

Bailey Kay said...

It looks like you had a great time. I love swing dancing, so this would be right up my alley!

Melzie at Ribbons and Rotor Blades said...

This looks so fun!!!!! Omg I'm jealous! I wish our area did something like this! I'm glad you both had a great time. (PS. Your photos look more vintage than Parker's. Sorry Parker)

Ashley said...

Y'all are adorable! I love all the pictures. So glad you had a wonderful evening!

Grandma Pat said...

You will have to get Grandpa Har to teach you the swing. He's pretty good at it even though he's not as enthused about dancing as I am.

Amy said...

hush.
hush.
HUSH.
these are incredible!
i love themed parties and y'all knocked it out of the park!

Lisa C said...

Y'all are too cute!

Kenzie Smith said...

That party looks and sounds like too much fun! Themed parties are the best and I am so glad that you guys dressed the part and had a great time :D

Hana R said...

I love a good theme party!!!!!!!!

Stephanie said...

They need to create places to dance that aren't drunken messes. I would go every week! This sounds like so much for you. And y'all look adorable!

Sun Dry said...

If you're looking for a venue for a small event in this area, you may want to stop by and check it out. The staff at halls in Los Angeles is very friendly and the food is great. We preferred this place because they are all-inclusive, so you don't have to worry about chairs and catering because it's all part of the package.

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