Roaring '20s Themed Party Decorations

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Roaring '20s Themed Party Decorations
Vintage cars can dress up the party site. (Antique American Auto image by kenmo from

The Roaring '20s was an era with flappers, illegal gin and speakeasies. When planning a roaring '20s party, you will want to recreate the period and consider the furnishings, style and dress of the era. Travel back in time by removing or camouflaging anything in the party area that suggests a more modern era.

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Because of Prohibition during the Roaring '20s, partiers flocked to speakeasies, which were bars or establishment selling illegal alcohol. Speakeasies were often hidden, or concealed. To gain entry one needed to know the secret word or phrase. There were normally lookouts watching for the police. Decorate the party site as a speakeasy or bar, and create a secret passage or doorway to the area, which the guests need to come through. Throw white tablecloths over the tables, bring in some decorative palm trees and set up a bar area.

Wall Hangings

Decorate the walls with artwork depicting the era. Look for vintage posters or reproductions, which might feature jazz, silent movies, flappers or vehicle from the 1920s. Check out sheet music from the period. Several online stores sell 1920s themed posters and artwork.


Party shops offer cutouts to use for decorating walls for a Roaring '20s themed party. Cutouts include flappers, jazz singers, gangster cars, gangsters, machine guns and speakeasy signs. The cutouts are not typically life size.

Ice Chest

If you can find an old claw foot bathtub, bring it to the party site and fill it with ice to hold the cold drinks. This is to symbolise the bathtub gin made during Prohibition. If you can't get a bathtub, look for large metal tubs and fill them with ice to keep the bottled drinks cold.


During Prohibition, moonshiners made it rich running illegal stills. Create a mock still to use as a decoration for the party. Stills typically include a main drum and copper tubing. If you are creative, you can build a fake still to hold your party punch, and instead of white lighting, pour the punch from the still.


Even if your party doesn't have live entertainment, set up a corner stage for your imaginary jazz band. Borrow some jazz instruments and leave them on your mock stage. Arrange the stage to look as if the band members have just stepped out for a break.

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