Enjoy afternoon tea
The epitome of a British party, what better way to mark the occasion than with a traditional afternoon tea. Set out your best dinnerware and tuck into sandwiches cut into dainty rectangles, fresh scones with jam and cream and of course, a cup of tea!
Bring the party to your garden, street or living room
Bring out the bunting and flags and get your garden, street or living room ready to commemorate the day. If you don’t have any bunting, it’s really simple to make. You can cut triangles of old fabric and sew them together to make wonderfully quirky and colourful decorations, or if you don’t have any fabric, you can always make card or paper bunting using old magazines.
As well as adding a little extra colour to your decoration, creating a 1940s playlist can really help set the scene. Spend a little time collating your favourite tracks, or simply play a ready-made playlist from your favourite streaming site to get started. Look out for classic 1940s artists such as Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, The Andrews Sisters and Doris Day.
Make sure you look the part
Now that your house is ready, it’s time to don your favourite 40s getup for the day. Whether it’s penny loafers, fishtail trousers and a fedora, or a swing dress frock, victory rolls and red lippy, have fun dressing up and recreating that 40s style.
If you don't have anything typically 40s already, look out for style features in your wardrobe that you can coordinate to create a 40s look. For example, pairing A line skirts with a thick belt and a blouse, curling long hair into ringlets or tying it up with a silk scarf, or pairing long-sleeved shirts with sleeveless pullovers, adding a bow tie and wide-legged trousers. And don't forget the accessories, too. Handbags, gloves, broaches and tie pins can all finish off the look nicely!
Enjoy a movie
To close the celebrations why not stick on a film and enjoy a 40s movie night? A great way to end the day, classic titles include Casablanca, It’s a Wonderful Life, Arsenic and Old Lace and The Big Sleep, featuring iconic actors such as Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant.