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    Great Gatsby Theme Party

    May 7, 2013

     

    Many of us were exposed to the 1920’s world that The Great Gatsby portrayed. Whether in classrooms or at home, the book is read repeatedly and referenced all around pop culture. Now, with the film coming out in May, the theme is more relevant than ever and it is the perfect time to throw your Great Gatsby party! Here are a few planning tips to help your party bring the book and movie to life:

     

    Event Location

     

     

     

    If you are looking to host your party at an event venue opposed to your home, you are going to want to look for a venue that looks vintage, but also very classy at the same time. Chandeliers and cream and black color decor would be best for this setting. Dim lighting is also a good idea for this theme and you can achieve this with strategically placed white candles.

     

     

    Event Decor

     

     

    The 1920s had a look unlike any other.  It would not be a roaring 20s party without your feathers. Consider getting giant ostrich feathers to spruce up the event venue! Additionally, having a record player in the corner will add authenticity to the theme.

     

     

    Event Entertainment

     

     

     

    Before anything, make sure your event location has a dance floor. Now, if you really want to play along with the theme, you should definitely not hire any run of the mill DJ. Consider hiring a jazz band or saxophone player. The music will transplant your guests directly to the 1920s. It is also important to remember that the dance, the Charleston, was very popular during this time and it may be worth your while to get the corresponding music and perhaps teach your guests the moves of these famous flappers!

     

     

    Drinks and Food

     

     

    Since this was the prohibition and the flapper scene is largely associated with the speak easy, alcohol is an important aspect of this entire genre. Cocktails such as martinis, sidecars, champagne, and mint juleps are all popular drinks for this theme. The food can be standard cocktail party finger foods and appetizers, such as mini crabcakes, stuffed mushrooms, and more. Just place them on fancy silver platters and you’re all set! Just remember to check in with your event location  to see their alcohol policy and if they can cater their own food.

     

     

    Attire

     

     


    Lastly, it would not be a Great Gatsby party without the quintessential flapper attire. For girls, this means sleeveless tubular dresses with fringe, pleats, or feathers, hats, bobbed hair, red lipstick, feather boas, and headbands. For men, this means black tailcoats with white waistcoats, bow ties, and gloves.

     

     

    Have you planned a Great Gatsby party? Did we miss any helpful tips and advice? Share your stories in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.