Over the weekend, retro revelers journeyed by the thousands to Governors Island to participate in the 11th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party, sponsored by St-Germain. At this event, free-spirited flappers and dapper gents were transported back to the height of the Jazz Age in a day of live music, savory treats, and, of course, period-themed St-Germain elderflower cocktails.
Michael Arenella, who threw the first Jazz Age Lawn Party back in 2005, hosted the event, reawakening the music of the Roaring Twenties with his Dreamland Orchestra. Other spectacular performers at the event included Gregory Moore and The Dreamland Follies, Roddy Caravaella & The Canarsie Wobbler, The Minksey Sisters, and many more.
The backdrop of vintage shopping vendors and a dance floor packed with people learning the Charleston was ideal for guests wishing to show off their intricate costumes. The women wore flapper dresses, fringed, ruffled, and dripping with jewels. They accessorized with pearls and sun hats, but, most importantly, their parasols. The men wore pastel suits, decked out with bowties, suspenders, and newsboy caps.
Besides a fabulous array of costumes and activities, the party also boasted a variety of cocktails by St-Germain, created by Julia Reiner, and they did not disappoint. Personally, I had the St-Germain Cocktail, made with sparkling wine and mineral water with a lemon twist, as well as the Flapper’s Delight, a concoction of St. Germain elderflower, juniper, and mint. It was like having summer in a glass and it fit seamlessly with the cheerful (albeit hot) atmosphere of the party.
The Jazz Age Lawn Party was ridiculously fun, real proof that you can still enjoy yourself even in 100-degree heat. This party only seems to get better with age, so make sure to look out for it next year!
Photos courtesy of St-Germain and special thanks to Sarah and Karlie.