Romantic Silver for New Year's Eve - Vintage Accessories and Historic Supper Clubs

Leo's gold, the gift of kings, may embody the warmth and light of Christmas, but New Year's Eve is the time for the sophisticated elegance and subtle sheen of pure, lunar silver. On this one night of all the year, silver accessories reign supreme. Vintage or modern, nothing reflects the romantic, mysterious essence of this night like the classic glow of silver.

New Year's Eve is, historically, one of the most glamorous occasions in the North American social calendar. Now characterized by out-door gatherings, open-air stages, and gala fireworks, it was once time for elegant soirees, supper clubs, and champagne. Exquisitely coiffed women in gowns rich with the costly sheen of exotic silks and satins; gems flashing fire from throat and wrist; rich furs softly draped on gleaming, bare shoulders - this is the very stuff of romance.

The First Times Square Ball Drop 1907 - New York City

Times Square, New York City
Times Square, New York City

Arguably the largest silver New Year's Eve accessory, the Times Square lighted ball symbolizes the countdown to the new year. No transition to the coming year was complete until everyone gathered to watch the amazing lighted ball make it's symbolic journey to signal the end of the passing year and herald the entrance of the new one.

Vintage Silver Dresser Set
Vintage Silver Dresser Set
Vintage Dresser Set with Tray
Vintage Dresser Set with Tray
Vintage Silver Hair Comb
Vintage Silver Hair Comb

The Coiffure...

How better to complete one's impeccable grooming than with this elegant, silver dresser set?

I remember my grandmother's set, similar to this one, but complete with silver lidded powder boxes, resplendent on its silver filigree-bordered tray.

Granny had soft, wavy hair that she habitually wore in a French twist.

When she was dressing for a dinner dance or a formal evening out with Grampa, she would often take her hair down to re-dress it.

I loved to watch as her using her silver-backed brushes and combs to to fashion the soft curls and pin them high on her head.

She always fastened the back with a pair of silver and pearl combs - a gift from Grampa, and the perfect finishing touch.

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Silver, ruffled silk suit, circa 1940sDark silver satin with silver and bead embroideryVintage Griffin tulle and silver crusted organza1950s Tavilla silk and satin, with silver beaded embroideryThough not silver, this stunning Worth gown from the 1940s is too beautiful to omit
Silver, ruffled silk suit, circa 1940s
Silver, ruffled silk suit, circa 1940s
Dark silver satin with silver and bead embroidery
Dark silver satin with silver and bead embroidery
Vintage Griffin tulle and silver crusted organza
Vintage Griffin tulle and silver crusted organza
1950s Tavilla silk and satin, with silver beaded embroidery
1950s Tavilla silk and satin, with silver beaded embroidery
Though not silver, this stunning Worth gown from the 1940s is too beautiful to omit
Though not silver, this stunning Worth gown from the 1940s is too beautiful to omit

The Boudoir...

Any evening on the town begins in the dressing room.

The first, and perhaps most important decision is to select the gown for the evening's entertainment.

For such an important occasion as New Year's Eve, only the best, most elegant, most becoming gown will do, whether a stunning figured silk suit or a full-length ball gown.

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Vintage accessories from etsy.comSilver accessories from dailymail.ukSilver evening bags from refinery29.comEmbroidered bag from Robin Clayton VintageDainty silver embellished slippers
Vintage accessories from etsy.com
Vintage accessories from etsy.com
Silver accessories from dailymail.uk
Silver accessories from dailymail.uk
Silver evening bags from refinery29.com
Silver evening bags from refinery29.com
Embroidered bag from Robin Clayton Vintage
Embroidered bag from Robin Clayton Vintage
Dainty silver embellished slippers
Dainty silver embellished slippers

Accessories, anyone?

The next step towards your perfect evening on the town is to choose the proper accessories to complete your ensemble.

Make your selection from among the delightful adornments pictured at the right: an elegant jeweled pin, antique silver and crystal earrings, beautiful filigree silver cuff bracelets, a fabulous silver mesh or beaded bag, and daintily decorated dancing slippers.

Ready for New Year's Eve
Ready for New Year's Eve
International Silver Vintage Martini Set
International Silver Vintage Martini Set

Cocktails For Two...

Any aficionado of old B&W films can tell you about the cocktail ritual. Once everyone was dressed for dinner, whether dining out or staying in, they repaired to the lounge for cocktails.

Then, after a cocktail or two and some witty conversation, transportation would be brought round or taxis telephoned for, and the glittering assembly was off to enjoy their evening on the town.

My parents and grandparents subscribed to this ritual, and it was always a magical time. They were so beautifully turned out - so elegantly sipping their drinks. Surely these glittering sophisticates couldn't be my parents.

Your Carriage Awaits...

One of their favorite special places was The Cave, a dinner and dance club in dowtown Vancouver. In its heyday, it was a well-known jazz club, and it was common for international stars to perform there.

The very name of the place seemed to breathe romance, hinting at an exotic destination full of excitement and untold pleasures. My parents always had that little extra sparkle of anticipation when that was their destination.

The Cave on New Year's Eve was something to behold. Packed with the glitterati of the day, a sea of furs, jewels, satin gowns, formal tuxedos, and famous faces all swaying to the song-stylings of a famous Hollywood headliner.

Popular nightspots of a bygone era - preferred New Year's Eve destinations

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Benny Goodman at The PallomarThe Casino Ballroom circa 1937Glen Miller and his band at the PalladiumThe Palladium - 6500 dancersStan Kenton at the Rendezvous Ballroom
Benny Goodman at The Pallomar
Benny Goodman at The Pallomar
The Casino Ballroom circa 1937
The Casino Ballroom circa 1937
Glen Miller and his band at the Palladium
Glen Miller and his band at the Palladium
The Palladium - 6500 dancers
The Palladium - 6500 dancers
Stan Kenton at the Rendezvous Ballroom
Stan Kenton at the Rendezvous Ballroom

Many modern nightspots are capitalizing on vintage flair to provide that elegant and timeless decor so in demand today.

Crisp white table linens, twinkling lights sparkling on crystal goblets and gleaming silver place settings - all the grace and romance of a bygone era recaptured in an up-to-date supper club.

Modern club with vintage flair
Modern club with vintage flair
Happy New Year
Happy New Year

...and who better to bring in the New Year in style than Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians? Credited with popularizing what is now perhaps the best known New Year's anthem of all times, "Auld Lang Syne", this Canadian bandmaster appeared on television broadcasts from coast to coast, helping millions of annual viewers to welcome in the coming year from the comfort of their living rooms.

Here's a video sample of the full treatment...

Vintage New Year's Eve Guy Lombardo: the full-meal deal

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LizzyBoo 6 years ago from Czech Republic

What a lovely hub. Thank you for sharing! Well done! Lizzy


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

What a fun hub. I love all of the vintage pictures. Where did you ever find them all? Thanks for an enjoyable read.

BTW, your background sounds a little like mine. I grew up around music and theater and was very involved in it, performing, directing, etc. all my life. So glad I became your fan. It'll be fun getting to know you through your writing.


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RedElf 6 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you so much, LizzyBoo! I am so glad you enjoyed it! It's such fun to research "our romantic past" and often amazing what I find.

Thanks so much, alekhouse. Sometimes it takes a lot of digging. Most of them are commons license, and I use Google as well as a great program called Cooliris.


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

Yes, what a fun hub, especially the pics of vintage accessories. Makes me drool. Thanks, elf!


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RedElf 6 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much, Paradise7. I love vintage, too. I have a few pieces from my mom and grandma that are just too gorgeous!


the rope 6 years ago

Thanks for sharing! It was an elegantly wonderful hub.


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apricotmousse 6 years ago

WOW, that was fascinating. Nice hub!


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for an enjoyable read and pictures.


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RedElf 6 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much, rope. I love the elegance of that era, too.

You are most welcome, apricotmousse - so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for your comments.

Hello, hello, thanks for stopping by to comment!


Nicks 6 years ago

What a lovely picture of the girl ready for New Year's Eve -a time of such elegance (if you had the money!)...


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RedElf 6 years ago from Canada Author

Greetings, Nicks, and Happy New Year to you! Unfortunately, that much elegance seemed to cost quite a bit, too ;(


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks for commenting, Manasidas - I have included your remarks below - minus the link to your article ;)

Manasidas 3 hours ago

Happy new year to you in advance. such a nice hub you have written here, thanks for sharing. you can also have a look on it as being also an important ingredient of new year.

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