A few weeks ago, I attended the 2016 Gatsby Garden Party on the grounds of Spadina Museum.
Spadina Museum was the home of the Austin family, who lived there for three generations, from 1866 to 1978.
The home was donated by the family to the City of Toronto and opened as a public museum in 1984. The interior has been redecorated to its former 1920s glory.
Once a year the home and gardens are host to the Gatsby Garden Party – a celebration of everything 1920s!
Activities included listening to one of the many fine bands (here is Combo Royale),
shaking a leg (old sport!)
learning the Charleston,
and strolling the beautiful grounds and gardens.
Here is my friend and fellow blogger The Culture Fancier exploring the apple orchard.
Of course, my favourite part of the day is seeing all the fabulous 1920s costumes.
Here I am in my 1920s style slip dress and antique kimono (I think it’s from the 1910s or earlier).
Unfortunately, I couldn’t enter the costume contest because, fortunately, I won last year 🙂
Here are some of this year’s winners.
Women’s category (her dress was actually from the 1920s):
Overall Grand Prize winners (well deserved!)
The winners gathered on the steps afterwards for some group shots. Here are some cute-as-buttons tennis players and a very dapper gentleman sporting a newspaper with one of the best headlines ever.
Here are all the winners having a grand old time…
…and here they are along with the judges.
I had a fabulous time and can’t wait to go again next year!