to the roaring
20s, when jazz and dance exploded into the US, Berlin,
Paris and London!
Think Smoky, sultry jazz clubs where women wore their hair
short and danced with a glass of champagne in one hand, and
men wore sharp suits and hats on a jaunty, mischievous angle.
Women began to discover the “feminine mystique”,
and become far more risqué and outrageous!
It was the time of “Flappers”, boyish cut dresses,
short bobs or waved hair, headbands and headpieces. Long beads,
elbow length gloves, fringed dresses, feather boas or stoles
and cigarette holders were very in!
Think Glamorous, independent and saucy!
HANDY TIP: For inspiration look up “Josephine
Baker” or “Louise Brooks”!
headpieces and headbands
wore crisp suits (often double breasted!)
Pin stripes were big, as were waistcoats, suspenders and shoe
A fedora hat completes the 20s look, worn on a jaunty angle!
Dress sharp and act smooth (and a little bit wicked!) and
you'll be a 1920s man!
or come as a high
roller! Glamorous Gambling became very popular in the
Look up some of these for inspiration!
The Great Gatsby
The Cats Meow
In the 1920's alcohol was banned in the US. This lead to the
rise of “Speakeasies” or “Blind tigers”;
establishments where alcohol was illegally sold and illegal
bars were set up. Host a Blind Tiger party and take your guests
into lock-down! (where secret bars locked the doors for the
night!) give guests a secret password or knock to use when
they arrive, or throw your party in an old warehouse!
Organised Crime Party:
Prohibition led to a rise of organised crime as demand for
illegal alcohol grew! (Think Al Capone!)
Illegal gambling bars were established, where people would
come to play poker, black jack etc.
Throw a gangster party, and people can come as criminals that
run the joint, or as the glamorous patrons!
Have tables set up with different games, such as poker, and
don't forget to play a little jazz!
FUN TIP: 1920s Slang
Drop a few 1920s sayings at the party!
Bank's Closed: no kissing “Sorry Mac, the bank's closed”
Joint: an establishment “This is a ritzy joint!”
Cat's Meow: Fantastic “this party is the cats meow”
hip to the jive: Very cool.
1920's drinks and food recipes links:
era cocktails and mixed drinks
- Drinks by Decade: The 1920's