Prohibition began in 1920. A Speakeasy or Jazz club was the only place to get a decent drink, recreate one in your home with black and white decorations and vintage art Deco posters. Provide your Guests with a Password to enter your establishment. No password, no admittance! Have a ‘bouncer’ do a Gun check at the door. Fill big metal tubs with ice, drinks & booze. Maybe run an ‘illegal’ Casino and set up a gaming table. Project a Black and white silent movie in the background. Greet guests with some 1920’s slang and everyone will think you’re the Cat’s Meow!
Food/ Drinks: Canapes, olives, crackers, potato chips, bread sticks, fried chicken, baked ham, Waldorf salad and cream cheese sandwiches. Drinks could be: Mint Julep, Coca Cola, ‘Bathutub’ gin, cocktails, whiskey and champagne.
Music: Put on the vintage 20’s radio. And don’t forget the classic Jazz tunes: The Charleston, The Black Bottom, The Lindy Hop and musicians Al Jolson, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, Cotton Club, and Ragtime Band.
Games/ fun: Learn 20s dances like The Charleston and Shimmy. Have everyone make up a 20s Gangster name for themselves. Use 20s slang like: ‘bees knees/cat’s pyjamas’, ‘big cheese’, ‘baloney’ and ‘going to see a man about a dog’ (buying illegal alcohol). Stage a midnight raid by the gents from prohibition, start a conga Line.
Costume Ideas: Flappers, Gangsters, Bonnie and Clyde, Al Capone, Charlie Chaplin, Coco Chanel, Greta Garbo, Harry Houdini, the great Gatsby, Jean Harlow, Louis Armstrong and Mae West. Chicago, Laurel & Hardy, Marx Brothers, Rudolph Valentino. More ideas…