The glamour and decadence of the 1920s have made it an ever-popular party theme, with a spike in the number of 20s themed parties being planned as we enter the 2020s. With events themed around this opulent decade, there are options galore and beginning the planning process can seem daunting. From a light-hearted Gangsters and Flappers party to an elegant Gatsby-esque soirée, here are some pointers on how to execute your Roaring 20s celebration.
The flapper is perhaps one of the most iconic symbols of the Roaring 20s and with their carefree style and fringe drop-waist dresses, one of the most fun to emulate. There are also slightly more formal, Downton Abbey style beaded gowns for an elegant look.
Dressing in a pin-stripe suit is a frequent choice of men attending 20s themed parties, particularly a gangster/flapper party. A three-piece suit can serve for a more polished look, while a bowtie and suspenders are perfect for a speakeasy-style occasion. Simple accessories like hats, sparkly headbands, and long gloves can be added to something from your closet to achieve a Jazz Age look as well.
When thinking 20s décor, the Art Deco look is what springs to mind for most. Black, gold, silver, and white were frequently used colors and are easy to incorporate into any affair. Strands of pearls, ostrich feathers, vintage and mercury glass are another way to integrate the glitzy style of the 20s into your festivities.
Prohibition meant partygoers had to make do with what bootleggers could create, with gin and whiskey being the most readily available. These serve as the base for some of the most well-known mixed drinks of the decade including the Gin Rickey, the Bee’s Knees, and Mint Julep. Offering these on your drink menu will give your party the feel of a speakeasy for guests. Of course, no party is complete without champagne, and parties in the 20s were no exception. Associated with wealth and power, champagne echoes the celebratory tone of this lively era.
As with all parties, the menu depends on your event type. For a cocktail party, hors d’oeuvres like shrimp cocktail, crab cakes, stuffed mushrooms as well as cheese trays and finger sandwiches were popular 20s fare. When planning a sit-down dinner, salad or soup along with a main course of smoked ham or roasted turkey will please your guests while staying on theme. If your dinner is a casual speakeasy style, fried chicken is another option that’s even mentioned in The Great Gatsby.
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