'20s Party Invitations

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'20s Party Invitations
Flappers are an iconic part of the 1920s. (she is a flapper image by David Levinson from Fotolia.com)

The 1920s, also known as the "roaring twenties," are popularly characterised by the sartorially adventurous flappers, Prohibition, speakeasies, jazz, silent movies, gangsters, zoot suits and the art deco style. If you are throwing a 1920s-themed party, there are several ways that you can carry the theme into your invitations as well.

Speakeasy Pass

The speakeasy is one of the most recognisable icons of the Prohibition era. For your party, dress up your venue as a speakeasy and make the invitations secret passes to the clandestine location. Make them look like tickets, or use 1920s language, using euphemisms for alcohol, referring to it as "juice," or "giggle water." For added fun, write a password on the pass for people to speak to gain access to your party.

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby is a classic book set in the 1920s. It is also frequently on the required reading list for high school students, which means that many people have at least a passing familiarity with it. It is not difficult to obtain inexpensive copies of the book, so consider sending out the book as the invitations for your party with the details of the event paper clipped on or written on the back of the front cover of the book.

Costume Party

If your 1920s-themed party is a costume party, consider including fashionable 1920s accessories with your invitation to help your guests get into the proper spirit. For example, include a fedora, a feather hairpiece, a cloche hat or a long pearl (or fake pearl) necklace. To keep costs down, check thrift stores and the clearance sections of stores for your accessories and don't be afraid to give different accessories to different people. If you are good at crafting, consider making small accessories yourself. Include pictures of flappers on the invitation itself.

Art Deco

Art deco was big in the 1920s. If you want an elegant invitation, include an art deco theme on the cards, with geometric designs, curves or sunbursts. Consider using gold or silver metallic paper to represent the opulence of the art deco style. Alternatively, use images of famous art deco buildings, such as the Chrysler Building in New York City or art deco artworks.

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