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Ideas for Gatsby 1920s theme events
The Roaring 1920s, Great Gatsby or Speak easy/Prohibition themes are right back in vogue for corporate events and parties. Riding the back of the successful film adaptation of F.Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, the Roaring twenties, has huge appeal and is an easy theme to deliver. Full of Art deco style and design, great costumes for both males and females and wonderful entertainment, the 1920s offers corporate entertainment options event planners dream of.Instinct events and entertainment have worked this theme a lot over the last year and have learned exactly how to deliver the event and corporate entertainment you need to maximise the return on your event.
Invitations for Gatsby 1920s themeSet the scene for a great event with art deco inspired invitations. Instinct recently ran a bespoke 50th birthday for a client, and invitation also included art deco envelopes for donations to a charity (rather than receiving gifts, this client wanted to give back. -GREAT IDEA!)Using bold geometric shapes, and focusing on black, white, gold and silver colour schemes, invitations should be posted or hand delivered. a digital “save the date’ version can be sent out first, along with some supporting imagery, to build excitement.
Menus & signage for Gatsby 1920 themeOn arrival at the event all signage, table seating arrangements, and of course menus and wine lists should be printed using the same font and paper stock. Consistency in font, design, look and feel will help establish the 1920s theme in the mind of the guests, as well as help dress the room to impress.
Decor & Styling- Gatsby 1920s is easyThe opulence of the 1920s era is unmistakable. Art Deco styling is a must, along with the sense of Prohibition, the illegal boot legging of booze, gangsters and unworried figures, and all the trappings of that “illegal “ trade.Crystal chandeliers, lush carpets, Ostrich feathers, pearls and fur of every description. Vintage Art deco posters from the period can be found cheaply and easily, adding “classic” to your event.Vintage chaise lounges and other related period furniture can be used to add style to your room. These can be hired fairly inexpensively, with plenty of period reproduction furniture available across Australia.Lamps and lighting can also add “highlights” to your room. Think about creating a “lounge or chill area, away form the entertainment or table arrangements. This provides the perfect place to people to sip on a cocktail and chat about the great event.On the back of the Victorian era, indoor plants, ferns can be used, Think about using fairy lights to create highlights of these Styling features.Wooden crates and whiskey barrels can also be used to imply the illegal booze trade or “boot legging”. Don’t forget to add signage. It can really add to the vibe and “message” the props bring. We have even had 1920s themes parties where all the drinks (spirits and wine) were served in tea pots and old style crockery was used instead of glass wear (a practise often used in “Speak Easy” bars, so no one could see what you were drinking. Simply a late night cup of tea is all!! (if anyone is looking)Table dressing: centre pieces from the table could feature lamps, martini glasses with beads and candle votives, feathers and more, Ask us about your table styling.Bar: If there is a bar, don’t forget to dress this with a few choice props. A lamp, a vase of ostrich feathers,
Costumes for Guests and performersNothing beats dressing up, Especially if you have a Gatsby or1920s or 1930s themed event. Clothing was amazing back then. So encourage all your guests to get into the vibe.
1920s Gatsby or speakeasy For the girls
- Beaded gowns, with feathers,
- Pearls necklaces and drop ear rings
- Hats, headbands and scarfs
- Art deco jewellery
- Layers of fabric
- Silk stocking , suspender belts and garters
1920s Gatsby or speakeasy for the boys:
- Fedora hats
- White Linen suits
- zoot suits
- Golf “Checked” suits and caps
- Slicked back hair
- Gangster looks,
- Pin stripped suits, or shirts
- Matching ties, handkerchief and cumber bun