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…