Dennison's Bogie Book -- A 1912 Guide for Vintage Decorating ...

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Dennison's Bogie Book -- A 1912 Guide for Vintage Decorating and Entertaining at Halloween 
by Dennison Mfg Co.

{softcover, 24 pages, 5.5x8.5, 2010, ISBN: 1936049503}

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Originally published in 1912, this Bogie Book features the following ideas and suggestions for planning and decorating for vintage Halloween celebrations:

  • the "summons" -- invitation design and wording suggestions
  • making doorway portieres (crepe paper curtains to hang in doorways)
  • covering your home's artwork with halloween-themed handmade artwork using crepe paper
  • decorating ideas to make including box lanterns, imitation moss, wasps nests, witch's brooms, owls, corn stalks, etc.
  • using crepe paper and Halloween cutouts to make a line of pumpkins for plate rails; place cards, menu cards and dance orders from preprinted napkins, and more
  • creative ideas for choosing supper partners amongst your guests
  • multiple table layout ideas
  • suggestions for party food
  • a Jack Horner made to look like a load of hay being confiscated by "brownies" (tiny elves), but actually contains little gifts for party guests
  • detailed games such as length of life, hitting your mark, choosing your future, independence, witch craft, ghost story, etc.
  • many ideas for homemade favors including masks to wear, fans, pig grunt noise maker, snakes, devil heads, pumpkin face with rolling eyes, decorated card cases, etc.
  • a spooky vintage ghost story
  • and much more

This book also includes all of the original price lists for the Dennison stock goods (crepe paper, festoons, streamers, garlands, leaves, flowers, candle shades, hats, napkins, dinner favors, doilies, gummed silhouettes, lunch sets, etc) -- perfect for the collector of vintage Dennison ephemera.

From the late 1800s through the 1930s, Halloween parties geared toward adults were very popular. Beginning in 1909 and continuing through 1934, Dennison Manufacturing Company entered the Halloween party niche with their colorful party idea books called "Bogie Books." The first Bogie Book was issued in 1909, the second in 1912 and from that time on, an annual issue was released every year through 1934, with the exception of a brief production interruption during World War I. Each book was filled with colorful examples of party favors, Halloween costumes, decorating ideas, party games, spooky poems and stories.

The Dennison Bogie books featured amazingly creative displays of festooned crepe swags and garland, hanging decorations depicting witches, ghosts, scary pumpkins, black cats and other symbols we associate with Halloween as well as a vast array of games and favors. The Bogie Books were a great source for party planning, each year showing different ideas to match the new products being released by Dennison. They continue to be a great resource for party planning and provide interesting old-time party tips and suggestions. 

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