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A 20s party is so much fun to decorate, plan and attend. There was a lot going on in this decade, so here are several different directions you could go with this party theme. The nice thing is that all are similar, and elements from each one could be used together, or they stand alone as great party themes too!
One great party idea for a Twenties Party theme is to have a Bootleggers Ball. In the 1920s, alcohol was illegal and this time period was called “Prohibition”. So, some people started making it themselves, some people made it for others, and bootleggers, also called rum-runners, transported the alcohol from one place to another.
Some of the things that were transported by the bootleggers included whisky, champagne, and gin. So, having these at your party, along with a mock moonshine still would be a great touch. You could post a sign on the gin to name it “bathtub gin” as well.
Turn your Roaring 20's party into a “speakeasy” – a place where drinking, jazz music and gambling went on. Watching a movie set in the 1920s, such as the opening scenes of Some Like It Hot Movie (Amazon Link) can give you a good idea of what to go for. You can carry the 20s party theme even further by having a fake surprise “police raid”, complete with toy machine guns, happen during the party.
Have some casino tables set up, and encourage guests to wear Zoot Suits or dress as a 20's Gangster (men) and Flapper dresses (ladies).
Think opulence and elegance here! Gatsby spared no expense when throwing a party. You may be on a budget, but can make choices to help make the party extra fancy and over the top.
Start off with elegant invitations, include a roadster standee for pictures, and be sure to serve Daisy's favorite lemon cake.
Speaking of movies, silent movies were the rage in the 1920's. Perhaps if a guest doesn’t want to come dressed as a flapper, they could come as a silent movie star. Some great 20s costume choices would be:
If screens are available, show silent films during your 20s party.
Thinking of those old black and white silent films of the 1920s (note that “talkies” were coming in by the end of that era) it is fitting that you might carry out a “black and white” theme with your decorating.
Check out our ideas for a black and white party for more on decorating along those lines.
There are several beautiful invitations which represent this time! Here are some of my favorites. Which do you like best?
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