Marilyn Monroe was the style, beauty and sex icon of the 1950′s; her tragic death in 1962 shook the nation, but her legend lives on even fifty years later. Her natural allure and insightful mind still inspire women today; posters of her cover bedroom walls and the famous white dress and blonde hairstyle appear at every Hallowe’en party.

Marilyn Monroe

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”

Her celebrity is timeless, which makes her the perfect inspiration for a party theme! Marilyn Monroe exemplifies women’s beauty and charm, so I recommend using the theme for women’s birthdays, bridal showers and wedding showers!

Invitations

The invitations can match the colour scheme: black, white and pink; another creative idea would be to use an Andy Warhol style picture of her for the front. Don’t forget to tell the men to wear black Old Hollywood style suits and the women to wear their favourite Marilyn outfit with diamond accessories!

Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe

Get The Marilyn Look

To really complete the outfits and have the women look their best, watch this Marilyn Monroe makeup tutorial from Lisa Eldridge!

Decorations

As I mentioned before, your venue should be decorated with black, white and pink decorations and tableware. I recommend confetti, streamers, party balls and table runners. If you can also find glass or crystal accessories to represent diamonds, it would be perfect! Leave accessories like masks, silver beaded necklaces, and large feathers out to complete the looks and to wear in photo booth pictures! Everything should be sparkle, shine and epitomize femininity!

Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend | Marilyn Monroe

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Marilyn Monroe Party Accessories | Party Good Time

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Food

The food can be very flexible for this type of theme, a snack/buffet table is always popular but a sit-down meal is very comfortable and you can feature some of Marilyn Monroe’s favourite foods!

Marilyn Monroe Stuffing Recipe

Marilyn Monroe’s Special Stuffing Recipe from NY Times

Drink

Aside from the usual drinks, cocktails are a must! Brush up on popular drink recipes, such as strawberry daiquiris, cosmopolitans and long island iced teas!

Strawberry Daiquiri

Playlist

1. Marilyn Monroe – Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend

2. Billie Holiday – I’ll Be Seeing You

3. Carl Perkins -Blue Suede Shoes

4. Frank Sinatra – All The Way

5. Put Your Head on My Shoulder – Paul Anka

For more inspirations, see our Pinterest Board!

Marilyn Monroe

“Who said nights were for sleep?”

Terry Diab, Owner at Party Good Times and Party Tip Sheet

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Image sources: PTS’s Pinterest Board “Marilyn Monroe Inspiration“, Christie Vuong Photography, Gordon Calder’s Flickriver, Science of Drink
Video sources: Lisa Eldridge

 

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