5 Tips for Throwing a Great Gatsby – 1920’s Party

 

As many of you know or if you have been following, I had a Great Gatsby birthday party in January.  It was so much fun! So here I will highlight and help you have one of your own…

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Gold, black and pearls should be everywhere!

First you have to decide if you will be having your party at your house or at a hall.  This will dictate how much you spend on decorations.  If you choose your home you can go overboard with decorations starting days in advance.  I chose a hall where I only had 30 minutes before the party to decorate! Therefore, I kept it simple.  This is why it was very important for me to focus on a few details.  Everything was black, white and gold. I focused on the tables and hung a few decorations from the ceiling and the walls. Be sure to have a cool background for pictures.

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Invitations

In the 1920’s there was no e-mail, e-vites or Facebook invites, there was snail mail.  Mail your invitations! It will begin to set the mood for your party.  I had my invitations made through VistaPrint.com and they came out great! Plus, it was a great way to add formality to my event which is what I wanted. Also, who doesn’t love looking at the mail and finding something else besides junk mail and bills.

While we are on the topic of mailing things, don’t forget to send “thank you” notes after your party especially if you asked people to dress up.  I bought a stack of thank you notes and hand-wrote all of them…your hand will hurt!

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Dress-up.

You have to make a decision on whether or not you want your guests to wear 1920’s attire.  I knew from the beginning that I did (this would add to my decor and it can to yours too!).  I noted it on the invitation and when people asked I made sure to tell them they could go as simple as they wanted. Then I provided some inspiration on my blog and social media. Either way, I recommend that the host always dresses up. It will truly make a statement and encourage others to participate.

Amazon made it so easy for most people to go all out for my party.  I was amazed at the way people showed up everyone looked so 1920’s! Big shout out to Vijiv where most of my guests found incredible dresses for less than $50!

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If you are looking for more ideas or inspiration ready my previous post on What to Wear to a Great Gatsby Party or Pinterest.

Drinks & Food

If your party will be at your house you can create a menu to fit the 1920’s theme. However, if it will be at a hall or you are using a caterer, then this may be a bit hard.  I went with catering.  I catered my food from El Solazo and it was delicious plus stress-free.

As far as drinks, I created a drink station where I made a Whiskey Sour Punch placed in a vintage punch bowl. It was a hit and delicious   I also provided tequila, whiskey, vodka, beer and wine. Again this is a place where you can get as creative as you want.

Music

Be sure to play some jazzy tunes and 1920’s music.  If your party will be low-key and more of a cocktail party, you can play this the whole time. My party turned out to be a dance party! While I would have been OK dancing to 1920’s tunes, I had to consider my guests, so I had a DJ (DJ Mojo) play songs from The Great Gatsby movie soundtrack and then switch to a variety of music.  There were people on the dance floor all night long!

Overall this is such a fun theme.  Be sure to start planning early and getting all your things together.  Goodwill, vintage stores and Amazon where the best places to purchase everything and Pinterest was the best place for inspiration. I hope this helps you plan the perfect 1920’s party.  I cannot imagine a better theme to help me say good-bye to my 20’s!

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xoxo

Grace

 

What to Wear to a Great Gatsby Party

At some point we will all be invited to or plan a 1920’s theme party.  Either you’re really excited for the theme or you dread it because you don’t know what to wear. Here is some inspiration for both guys and dolls.

Dolls First

The most popular look of the decade is “the flapper” look.  To pull it off a sheath type dress is perfect paired with sparkles, pearls and the perfect headpiece.

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Dress & Shoes

Choose sheath style dresses. Fabrics like silk, lace, chiffon along with sequence and beading. T-straps or Mary Janes were the usual shoes of the decade, but anything fun, sparkling, and festive will work as well.

Accessories

This is where you get to have fun! Plenty of pearls and diamonds (or rhinestones) for necklaces and bracelets. Choose long necklaces or nice chunky necklaces and match your earrings.  Wear a fun and big headpiece or rhinestone comb or pin. Don’t forget the gloves or fun cocktail rings!

Hair & Make Up

Have fun and be bold! Go for a smoky dramatic eye and a red shade of lipstick. For the hair, of course a bob would be ideal. But if you cannot commit to chopping your hair for a night, then try pin curls or a loose up-do.

Now the Guys

Guys kept it classy but also went a bit more casual in comparison to previous eras.  Just think of Jay Gatsby.  His style was superb! Here is some inspiration.

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Outfit

A suit works wonders, but you can mix it up.  You can go for a full tux, three piece suit, a vest and dress pants, dress pants and suspenders, get creative.  Also this of tans, black and white as safe and classic colors. Oxford shoes were big and great investment for your closet!

Accessories

Men’s hats were trendy during this time with newsboys’ caps, fedoras, bowlers and top hats.  Big ties, bow ties and handkerchiefs add a great touch.

 

 

 

New Year, New Decade

Happy New Year!

January is always a special month for me, not only is it the beginning of a New Year, hence the start of promising New Year’s resolutions, but it is also my birthday month.  Most people believe that a birthday in January is boring and dark due to winter. I disagree! Winter lends itself for either a cozy celebration or a very glamorous one (it’s always more difficult to be glam in the hot & humid summer). Plus, this year I am not making any excuses, I will be turning 30 so it is a big year and the start of a new decade.  To celebrate and kick of the decade, I will be having a big glamorous birthday bash!

You Are Invited…

I am throwing myself a party for the big 3-0. Drumroll please….

My party will be a 1920’s birthday inspired by one of my favorite books turned into movies “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  I remember reading this book in my humanities class in high school and immediately falling in love.  Fast forward a few years and a new version of the movie comes out featuring my favorite actor Leonardo DiCaprio and an amazing song by Lana Del Rey! I mean this theme has my name written all over it and I’m going to own it and invite you to see how it all turns out.

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Party Like Gatsby

I don’t live in a mansion or have tons of money to throw a party like Gatsby but I will try my hardest to recreate a modern take of the 20’s. I went through Pinterest boards and Google searches to find my inspiration and begin my plans. The hall is booked. Catering is pending. The decorations are set and invitations have been mailed. Take a look at what and who has inspired me on Pinterest. I look forward to sharing some more of the details with you and the final results!