Vintage Chic: Cocktail Party Ideas Inspired by The Great Gatsby
December 13, 2012
I LOVE, LOVE the book, The Great Gatsby. I’ve loved it ever since I was first introduced to it in high school. Fabulous 1920s fashion, extravagant parties, free moral climate, Prohibition, gangsters, excess prosperity, and female independence–that’s how I remember the book. I loved reading about the lavish, classy parties that Jay Gatsby hosted for his guests and ladies. Since then, I’ve wanted to host a party of my own, reminiscent of the Roaring 20s charm and glamour.
Some ideas for the perfect 1920s soiree:
lots of white and cream hues
string twinkle lights snaked around the trees
large white tents in the courtyard
gentle candlelight with tea lights in mason jars on tables
place card holders in the shape of cigarette holders with name cards tied around them
circular dance floor
served on fancy, silver platters
glistening array of hors d’oeuvres: mini crabcakes, crudités, shrimp cocktail, stuffed mushrooms, cucumber watercress sandwiches, deviled eggs, cabbage rolls
desserts: fruit tarts, Angel food cake, bread pudding, chocolate-covered cherries
cocktails: martinis, mint juleps, sidecars, champagne
buffet tables with a separate bar station
cocktail music with saxophone and percussion beats in the background
jingly jazz from Louis Armstrong, Parisian accordion music, gypsy jazz from Django Reinhardt, and fancy-free compositions from Cole Porter
vintage record player
women: cloche hats, sleeveless tubular dresses with fringes/pleats/slits/feathers, long strings of pearls/beads, bobbed hair, flesh-colored stockings, kitten heels, red lips/dark eyes, fascinators, feather boas, headbands
men: black tailcoats with white waistcoats, bow ties, gloves
gambling stations with poker, roulette, and blackjack tables
gangster murder mystery
silent movie playing in the background
The ideas are endless–have fun channeling your inner flapper!
I’m Nyssa. I started The Cultureur in August 2012, almost a decade after contracting the travel bug while on a Model United Nations conference in Russia and Finland.
And from there, when I took the first step in solo international travel and decided to study abroad in college,
there was no looking back, and I ended up living, studying, working, and volunteering in 6 countries (the U.S., the UK, France, Iceland, India, and Germany) and traveling to 50+ others.
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