For a 1940s-themed party, take a cue from events during the 1940s to get ideas. During this time, old Hollywood glamour reigned ,and stars like Rita Hayworth and Clark Gable were popular as the second world war ended.
The first time you'll be introducing your guests to the party theme is with the invitation. Choose an invitation design that supports your 1940s theme. Try creating an invitation out of an old film reel design to complement the old Hollywood glamour theme, or create an invitation to look like an old 1940s telegram by using a typewriter or similar computer font to write the details.
Play music from the 1940s. The chart-topping hits of the 1940s include music by Glenn Miller, Bing Crosby, Artie Shaw, Judy Garland and Count Basie. If your budget allows for renting a jukebox, consider playing music this way. Bigger budgets may have room to hire musicians to give the party a 1940s, big band feel.
To create a 1940s atmosphere, play award-winning movies from the era on your television or project films onto a blank wall or large white sheet hung on a wall. Academy Award-winning and nominated movies from this decade include "The Grapes of Wrath," "The Maltese Falcon" and "Mildred Pierce."
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