Archive for 2010

Car Show Events and Activity Ideas

Monday, June 14th, 2010

It can take a lot of work to plan a car show. If you want to have a good car show it is important to have a reason for guests to stay. Think of fun activities before hand that will keep your guests entertained.

When planning your car show the main focus should be your cars. Car shows are there to showcase the beautiful craftsmanship of the vehicles. Make that your priority with your show.

Other things that bring in business is to have other activities planned. Find one that works alongside cars that will appeal to family members who may not be interested solely in cars. Child-friendly activities can bring out the entire family to the show.

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One idea is to have prizes for the best car. Have people bring in their own car for a decent prize. Categories can include the brightest car, or the best overall car. Prizes are good incentives to get people involved in the show.

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Car Hops at Antique Car Shows

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Antique car shows are a great venue for car hops. It can be very simple to set up a drive-in style catering event to make the antique car show a lot more fun. Having a waiter or waitress bring food to people in their cars can be a great way to make a car show that much more exciting.

Make an antique car show fun by serving good food that deal with a fifties theme. A good choice of food would be hamburgers and fries. You can also serve ice cream sundaes and milkshakes.

A car hop can be a fun way to bring customer’s their food. Servers can bring the food out to people in their car in roller skates and poodle skirts. Have them wear car hop costumes and have fun with the drive-in-car hop theme.
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Car hop costumes include sock hop attire. Poodle skirts, white socks, and a ponytail for girls, and blue jeans and a white t-shirt with hair slicked back is a great choice for guys. Add roller skates and you have the perfect car hop costume.

If you are looking for inspiration for car hops you can look for car hop costume videos online or on YouTube. There are also other older television shows or movies that often used car hops. The most popular shows were Happy Days and American Graffiti.

While most television shows and movies showed that waiters and waitresses brought food to the cars mainly in roller skates, that is not always true. A lot of waiters and waitresses did not use roller skates. On the contrary, most car hops worked on foot.

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FUN 50’s Poodle Skirts!

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Retro 50’s clothing styles bring back images of FUN! This is especially true for the poodle skirt. When we see a poodle skirt, we think of dancing – the fun 50’s swing dancing.

Although poodles weren’t the only embellishment used on skirts in the 50’s, for some reason they are the best remembered. To bring back the nostalgia of the 50’s, poodles are the animal of choice to have on your skirt, complete with a leash. Traditionally the leash looped from the poodle’s neck up to the skirt’s belt.

Many poodle skirts are made to be a full circle of fabric with an opening for the girl’s waist. This way as the girl twirls around dancing, the skirt naturally spins out from her body. Of course poodle skirts are worn with lots of fluffy petticoats underneath to help fluff them out even more.

A short sleeved sweater or cotton blouse is often worn with a poodle skirt. And don’t forget the traditional pony tail with a ribbon tied in your hair. Bobby socks and saddle shoes or white tennis shoes will complete your outfit for a truly retro look.

Plus size poodle skirts can be very flattering as the fullness of the hemline contrasted with tightness at the waist can draw the eye in. Wearing a contrasting belt helps in this case. This helps create a sculptured silhouette.

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Hip Hop Costumes

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

The American life has several celebrations.  There are birthdays, holidays, and family outings.    If you are in school, then there are dances, social events, and parties just because you can.

Some of these celebrations might be themed.  The themes could be movies or decades through out time.  There are several costumes available, especially on the Internet.

The plus size poodle skirt is the perfect costume for the 1950’s themed party or Halloween.  A plus size poodle skirt will never go out of fashion.  Poodle skirts originate from the 1950’s and are still a very popular costume.

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The plus size poodle skirt is also very flattering. Poodle skirts originate at the waist.  This gives the illusion of a smaller waist and a larger bust.

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Petticoats and Poodle Skirts

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Poodle skirts are beautiful items for women to wear. They are fashionable and yet unique. Poodle skirts are a unique way to show off your femininity.

Poodle skirts have a full circle skirt to it. This is perfect for swing and sock hops, but also for any type of dance. Poodle skirts are great for spinning. Teenagers and adults alike love this type of style. It also is a smash hit for children.

In the 1950’s poodle skirts were very popular. They were often worn by the younger crowd. Teenagers loved wearing the ultra fashionable style and making it in to their own unique style.

Poodle skirts at the time were made out of a few different materials, but felt was generally used. Felt is a good material because it is easy to use and quite inexpensive to get. Poodle skirts got their name “poodle skirts” because it was popular at the time to have an applique of a french poodle on the skirt.
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While french poodles were not the only thing used on poodle skirts, they are the easiest to remember and the most popular choice of applique. Other appliques that were used were black dance records or telephones. Sometimes poodle skirts even had sayings put on them that were popular at the time.

Crinoline petticoats were also popular during this time. Petticoats were made in a variety of styles and colors to fit different styles and tastes. Crinoline were made out of netting that was starched so it would flare out. Crinoline petticoats were worn underneath poodle skirts to lift them up and give them the volume they needed.

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Fashionable Petticoats

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

The petticoat has been around for centuries.  A petticoat, or pettiskirt, is an undergarment that women wear for fashion.  It could be made with one layer of fabric, but it usually consisted of several layers.

Back when women underwear was not invented, a petticoat was worn as an extra layer for privacy.  This underskirt was also worn to have the latest fashion.  It also gave the appearance of a smaller waist and larger bust.

Pettiskirts were made of a variety of fabrics.  The wealthy generally had the more expensive fabrics in their pettiskirts like silk.  The generally population in the summer wore cotton fabric pettiskirts.  Wool fabric pettiskirts were worn in the winter for added warmth.

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Petticoats For Wedding Dresses

Friday, May 14th, 2010

There are a lot of varieties of petticoats out there. Undergarments specifically for wedding dresses or formals make a big difference in the look and feel of the dress. Wedding shops often can give you good recommendations on which ones to get.

To begin you need to find the right undergarment for your dress. Petticoats can really bring extra elegance to a beautiful wedding dresses. They make the dress look its best.

There are different petticoat styles. Decide what type you need first. Do you need a hoop skirt or do you need one with out hoops? I would recommend if you do need a hoop skirt that you wear another undergarment on top of that so the hoops do not show through your wedding dress.
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Hoops take a lot of practice to walk in. If you bend over all the hoops bring your dress upright. That is why it is a very good idea to get use to wearing it and how to sit down in it or bend over so you don’t flash all of your guests on your wedding day.

If you would rather not use a hoop skirt another option you have is netting. Netting is a great choice for wedding dresses. It stops your wedding dress from tucking in between your legs while you walk. It’s not very glamorous to walk down the aisle with your dress constantly pulling through your legs.

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Tips For Buying Petticoats Online

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Petticoats are a beautiful article of clothing. Sadly, there are very few local or department stores that sell them. It isn’t an article of clothing that you can normally just go shopping around for at the mall.

That leaves a huge market for online shopping. Online shopping now has a huge market for unique and diverse things. It is a convenient way to shop for many people.

Petticoats in general are best found online. There may be exceptions to this rule, but the truth is that underskirts are not found in department stores anymore. If you want to find a variety of styles, colors, and materials your best option is shopping for them online.
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Look for the size guide to determine what size you need to order. Since you won’t be trying on anything physically you want to match your measurements as closely as possible. If the size guide says “fits generously” take that in to consideration and order a size smaller than you normally do.

Find out what type of petticoat you need. A lot of bridal gowns and prom dresses already have built in pettiskirts. Decide what size petticoat you would need for your particular dress to give it the fullness you want.

Keep a picture of your dress handy while you shop. If you are searching for a pettiskirt for your wedding dress it is also a good idea to keep your color palette next to you as well for reference. That way you can make sure the petticoat matches your wedding colors.

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When and Why Petticoats Are Appropriate

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Petticoats are worn to add a fuller shape to your dress or skirt. There are different types which which can be used. Below we point out a few.

Hoop Skirt – Hoop skirts are underskirts that have lightweight hoops to add a bell shape to the dress. The hoops are made out of plastic, nylon, or lightweight steel. A century ago hoop skirts were very heavy and hard for women to wear, but with the lightweight material it does not weigh women down anymore.

Hoop skirts are used for large, full, ball gowns. Similar to dresses seen in “Gone With The Wind”, large a-line or ball gowns need underskirts to keep the full shape of their dress. Hoop skirts are usually made out of cotton or polyester. Practice makes perfect with this undergarment, since it can be difficult to move in.
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Crinoline – Crinoline is a common word used for undergarment. While manufacturers love to refer to any undergarment as crinoline, crinoline is usually made out of many layers of tulle or netting. It can be made out of flexible hoop wires to add fullness.

Layer hoops are not always needed, or wanted, with crinoline pettiskirts. Depending on how full the dress needs to be there may only be a need for a layered crinoline undergarment. Crinoline is used in wedding attire, but can be used on other style dresses such as the 50’s style dress.

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Petticoat: A History

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Pettiskirts, usually called petticoats, have been used for hundreds of years by women underneath their dresses. In the 1500s women wore full pettiskirts to make their waists look smaller than it actually was. They also wore beautifully designed pettiskirts when they had open-fronted dresses to show them off.

Petticoats were a popular choice during the Renaissance. Multi-layered dress styles offered a few pettiskirts to be worn at the same time. Wool pettiskirts became fashionable during Wales in the 1700s.

Lace petticoats were worn in the 18th Century. Elegant designs were mostly worn by the wealthy class. Lace pettiskirts were worn with corsets, and women at the time had a tendency to faint because of lack of air and the heaviness the pettiskirts provided.
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Pettiskirts were also a popular Opera choice. Extended frames were built to make Opera singers skirts appear even fuller than previous pettiskirts. The full bodied effect quickly gained popularity in Europe and America.

Opera pettiskirts were a popular choice in America in the 19th Century. Movies such as The King and I and Gone With The Wind give good examples of this type of style. Full framed petticoats gave a very wide, full effect on the bottom of skirts, making waists continue to appear tiny.

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