1920s theme parties

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1920s theme parties
Gussy up in flapper style for a 1920s party theme. (Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

The Roaring Twenties were an exciting time in history. A lot of things were happening in terms of art, society, politics and culture. From the lighthearted aspects of the decade such as jazz music and flappers to the more serious situation of the Great Depression, the Roaring Twenties were full of highs and lows. What better way could there be to celebrate a tumultuous decade than by having a theme party? Get creative to throw a 1920s theme party of your own.

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Types of Theme Parties

There are many types of 1920s theme parties you could throw. Your party could revolve around flappers and flapper culture. You could have a theme party that revolves around the gangsters of that time period, such as the notorious Al Capone. You could have a Prohibition-themed party, focusing on "Bathtub Gin." Or, you could have all of your guests dress up as silent film stars from the decade, such as Lillian Gish. The options really are endless.

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What to Wear to a 1920s Theme Party

Wardrobe is an important consideration when it comes to throwing a 1920s party. If you are having a general 1920s party, a few wardrobe items for men and women are essential. Women can come dressed as flappers in flapper dresses. They can also wear evening dresses with feather boas and long pearl necklaces. Fans were also an elegant and often-used accessory of the decade. Men can come sporting classic Zoot suits. White or black ties over black shirts were also a popular and stylish look of the Roaring Twenties. Gangster hats and fedoras are nice touches. Look for spats, which are vinyl shoe covers and are something that has rarely been seen outside of the 1920s.

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What to Wear to a 1920s Theme Party (Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)


An important part of the 1920s was the Prohibition era, which ranged from 1920 to 1933. Prohibition made alcohol's sale, manufacture and consumption illegal in the United States. During the era, the only place anyone would be able to acquire alcohol was at a speakeasy (sometimes known as Blind Pigs or Gin Joints). A fun way to have a theme party would be to recreate the feel of a speakeasy and serve non-alcoholic versions of beverages that were popular during the Roaring Twenties, such as Mint Juleps and Champagne Pumps. If you are dressing as a flapper at a speakeasy, tie a flask around your leg.

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Decorating for a 1920s Theme Party

One of the most exciting and fun benefits of throwing a decade theme party is all of the decorations you will need to have. Some interesting ideas for 1920s decorations include a speakeasy peephole at your door, a gun check at your door, metal tubs piled with drinks and ice, red bows and pearls, goldfish in fish bowls, photograph frames in an Art Deco style and an ambience of jazz music. The more authentic you get with your decor and atmosphere, the more enjoyable the Roaring Twenties party will be for everyone, including yourself.

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Expert Insight

Great places to shop for your 1920s theme party include party stores like Party City. The Internet also has many party-favour shops that offer an extensive selection of goods. Find attire at stores such as Ricky's or any other large costume shop. Check online as well if you are having trouble finding the right apparel, although you are sure to find a great flapper outfit at most stores. Be sure to look at vintage and thrift shops in your area--you might get lucky and find something that actually is from the 1920s.

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