Planning & Inspirations
Roaring '20s New Year’s Eve Party
Step back in time to the Roaring ‘20s and send in the New Year with style! Host a New Year’s Eve party with all the glitz and glamour of the Jazz Era. Take a trip back to the age of Prohibition, Speakeasies and ‘Bathtub Gin’, when Ragtime and the Charleston where all the rage, and when people knew how to burn the candle at both ends!
In The Great Gatsby, invitations to sensational soirees are hand delivered by a butler. If you don’t have a butler on hand to do your bidding, then fashion Art Deco-style invitations from black and white paper (or try Pink Frosting’s fabulous Deco Lace invitations). Tell your guests they can expect to rub shoulders with gangsters and molls, politicians and hit men, jazz singers and Hollywood starlets.
Decorating and styling
Take your inspiration from the classic Art Deco styling of black and white, and turn your party room into Speakeasy. Throw white tablecloths over the tables and coffee tables, dot each one with candles and ashtrays for authenticity, and section off one area for a dance floor and another for a bar. Add some party atmosphere with dozens of black and white helium balloons.
Encourage your guests to get into the swing of things by dressing in 1920s flapper fashion. Women can wear slinky knee-length dresses, feather boas, long pearl necklaces, cloche hats or headbands, and hold feather hand fans. For the men, Zoot suits, black or white ties over black shirts, spats and fedoras will be a hit.
Set your favourite jazz CDs on high rotation – Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith and Duke Ellington are a good start – and encourage your guests to shimmy on the dance floor to the Charleston or Foxtrot!
Menus, catering and cocktails
For the Great Gatsby dining experience, serve finger food on silver trays alongside martinis and cosmopolitans. Prepare your own signature cocktail, such as the Mint Julep, a favourite thirst-quencher of the 1920s. Muddle 4-6 mint leaves, 1 teaspoon of sugar and 2 teaspoons of water in a Collins glass (a glass tumbler which is wider around the top than the base). Fill the glass with shaved or crushed ice and add ½ an ounce of bourbon. Top with more ice and garnish with a mint sprig. Serve with a straw.