The holiday season has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean that the party has to end! Whether it’s a birthday party, Valentine’s event, or simple get together with friends, winter celebrations can make the dog days of winter fly by. A Roaring Twenties theme is ever-popular throughout the year, giving you an excuse to dust off those glad rags and pour some fancy cocktails into your shaker. Here are a few tips to make your party a raging success.
Décor and Theme
To get started, you’ll want to engage in a good brain-storming session to come up with the theme, colours, and décor for your party. This will depend on the occasion – is it for a milestone birthday party or a simple cocktail party? There are a few ways you can go with a 20’s theme, whether you prefer a Great Gatsby winter garden party or low-key speakeasy vibe. Black and gold are always a good colour theme, standard in the art deco designs of the era. Create a dimly lit speakeasy with plenty of candles and strings of pearls, or dress up your garden space with fairy lights and feathers. Be sure to specify the dress code on the invite so that your guests have time to source their flapper accessories, from petite to plus size fancy dress. Sequinned costumes will create a better party atmosphere than the usual winter knitwear!
Food and Drink
Rather than hosting a full sit-down dinner party, you’ll probably want to stick to hors d’oeuvres. You can serve retro fare like shrimp cocktail and devilled eggs, or stick to timeless crowd pleasers with a platter of olives, fruit, cheese, and nuts. Drinks will depend on your theme and budget. For family-friendly parties, you can stick to lemonade, or you can stock your speakeasy bar with all the fixings for classic cocktails. Gin-based cocktails like the martini and gin fizz were popular at the time, or you could keep it simple with plenty of champagne.
Simply sitting around looking fabulous and sipping champagne is a party in itself, but you can take things to the next level by arranging a few activities. Card and board games were all the rage in the roaring 20s, so you could bust out the dominos or black jack for your guests. A photo booth is always popular at parties, particularly if you provide the props. And you can put on some big band jazz tunes and teach your guests the Charleston to turn the affair into a dance party.
Are you throwing a costume party? Be a good hostess and keep some extra pieces on hand for guests who didn’t get the memo. You can stock up on a few feather boas and strands of fake pearls, or look at full-on burlesque costumes at Funidelia for ideas. Another tip is to use the back entrance and a secret password to boost your speakeasy ambience. Classic speakeasies were often hidden behind fake storefronts or phone booths, so put a closed sign on your front door. There will be no better way to shake off those late winter blues!
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