Also known as a Necktie Party, a Necktie Social was a public execution by hanging, a term used by cowboys in the American Old West; “Necktie” because of the noose around the neck, and “Social” because of the crowds such an event usually drew.

Necktie Social was also used literally, however, referring to a social event where neckties were donated and auctioned off to benefit charity.

Necktie Parties were also held in celebration of wedding engagements — neckties were donated to the groom so that he could be properly attired as he began married life (a symbolic noose, perhaps?).

Here at Prairie Moon Quilts, we’re hosting our own version of a¬†Necktie Social, and we invite you to join us.