Steampunk is all the rage right now, and more and more people are incorporating steampunk fashion, accessories and gadgets into their everyday lives. A steampunk party would be a perfect choice for a teen birthday party, an anniversary or wedding, Halloween or special occasion.
The costume choices and decorations available to create a steampunk themed party are elaborate and sophisticated; from Victorian gothic-inspired costumes, with a high degree of detail, to filigree lamps, antique furniture and jewelry pieces that double as weapons. There are endless crafts and creative possibilities for creating vintage themed invitations, Victorian décor and personalised ray guns.
Want to host a steampunk birthday party? Here are our top tips:
For decorating your house or party spot, use a mixture of antiques, found items, modern inspirations and handmade items. For a formal dinner or wedding, consider making your own calligraphy name place cards, decorate your chandeliers, hanging lights, bookcases, and bench tops with antique items.
Watches, clocks, mechanical cogs, hot air balloons, motorcars, steam trains, and aviation are the main themes which influence steampunk. Pair these items with Victorian fabrics for your table, jacquard, light floral, lace etc. with heavy darker gothic inspired colours such as deep browns, reds and black.
Steampunk dresses and suits are inspired by Victorian period costumes with added details such as lace, metallic embellishments, leather, ornaments, jewels, gothic-inspired
fabrics and custom accessories. This is the “punk” aspect of the term steampunk. Often, people model their costumes after invented characters in a steampunk universe, and the subculture has a prominent roleplaying aspect.
Are you an aviator? A navy captian? A Dirigible pirate? An adventurer? An aristocrat? For inspiration, visit your local Halloween store or an online shop such as spirithalloween.com for steampunk costume ideas. This women’s costume is playful and fun to suit a party or Halloween.
Think of what would be served at a Victorian tea party or masked ball. You could even look up Victorian era menus and recipes online for a truly authentic steampunk feast. A sophisticated spread of jellies, terrines with bread and cheese, small horderves, picnic food/high tea will suit your guests. For dessert, over the top cakes, with cream are perfect for dessert. Steampunk is lavish and indulgent so your food can be too!
Try to find some old-fashioned board games, darts, shooting or perhaps croquet. Or for a more action packed day, consider a day trip on a steam train in costume!
Enjoy your steampunk birthday party! And don’t forget to park your dirigible in the designated parking zone!