So the July weather is as disappointing as ever, but a little (or a lot) of rain shouldn't put a damper on our summer Staycation. Though small, Northern Ireland has a wealth of ideas at our disposal to have fun right here in our own backyard and with Frock Around The Clock holding the last of the summer series of Vintage Sundays at the Empire on 1st August there will be no shortage of inspiration for ideas on how to enjoy the last days of summer while avoiding poor exchange rates and guilt-inducing carbon footprints.
Shopping at a vintage fair can unearth some fabulous objects to inspire ideas for stay-at-home fun. Here are some treasures that have been found at past FATC events this year. For a picnic in the park or at the beach what about a vintage picnic basket, pretty rockabilly sundress, headscarf and shades? China cups, teapots, cake stands and silver sugar tongs are perfect for a garden party or afternoon tea while a 1940s tea dress and gloves are the perfect attire for eating strawberries and cream from retro dessert dishes.
Vintage clothing is perfect for a themed party. Think vintage Hawaiian shirts and 1950s swimsuits for a touch of Viva Las Vegas pool-lounging style, or a slinky catsuit for a 1970s barbecue. Complete the scene with retro party food and cocktails and spin some vintage records on the turntable to add music from yesteryear. For a games evening or to keep boredom at bay on a rainy day pick up some vintage board games and jigsaws, experiment in the kitchen using vintage cookbooks, or have an old movie afternoon with friends.
Thinking about home improvements while you are off work? Everything old is new again when it comes to beautifying your living space, and original vintage furnishings are now considered the height of chic. Whether your taste is chintzy china or achingly hip sleek design, Frock Around The Clock offers 20th century decorative items to suit even the lowest budget.
Due to the one-off nature of vintage treasures you never quite know what you will find at Frock Around The Clock. What is guaranteed is that you will discover an abundance of kitsch, quirky and incredibly cool items from vintage clothing, accessories and jewellery to kitchenalia, vinyl and memorabilia. The possibilities for inspiration are endless - just let your imagination run free.
Vintage Sunday at the Empire takes place on Sunday 1st August at The Empire, Botanic Avenue, Belfast from 12 - 4.30pm. Admission costs £2 and tea and coffee are available to purchase on the upper balcony. For an exhibitor list and more information on all the Frock Around The Clock events visit www.northernirelandvintage.com.