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Roaring Twenties Theme Party Ideas - 1920's thru 1930's

This page was created to provide all the resources you need to host the perfect roaring twenties theme party. It will save you time and money in your party planning. Here you will find costumes and fashion accessories, decorations, activities, music, menu suggestions with recipes and much more. If you are looking for something not found here please feel free to contact us and we will do our best to find it.
Murder at the Four Deuces - Experience the ultimate roaring 20's theme party with our gangster murder mystery party kit.
1920'S THEME IDEAS: - Black & White
- Speakeasy Bar
- Gangsters / Al Capone / Bugsy Siegel
- Flappers
- Silent Movies
- Jazz / The Charleston / The Black Bottom / The Lindy Hop
- Al Jolson / Duke Ellington / Irving Berlin / Fanny Brice
- Prohibition "Bathtub Gin"
- The Great Gatsby
- Cotton Club / Ragtime Band
- Art Deco / Aviation
- Fedoras / English Driving Caps / Zoot Suits / Wing Tip Shoes
- Model T Fords / Tabloid Newspapers
- Mah Jongg / Oriental Lanterns / Victrolas
- Long Pearl Necklaces / Headbands / Feathers / Cloche Hats

1920's Costumes & Accessories: Gangsters and Flappers

Suggestion for using clothing you already have:
Buy Beaded Fringe and attach it creatively! You can get this at most craft and fabric stores. Maybe add a beaded shawl around the hips. Beaded fringe to bottom of dress and sleeves. Tassels were also in vogue. Speakeasy 1920's Costumes

Women - flapper dresses, evening dresses, boas, long pearl necklaces, fans.

Men - Zoot Suits, Black or white ties on a black shirt was popular, spats (white canvas or vinyl shoe covers). fedoras or gangster hats.

- 1920's Fashion Costumes - Flapper and Gangster Costumes and Accessories.
- How to Create the Twenties Flapper Face
- VIDEO: How to create the Flapper Fingerwave Hairstyle
- DollFlesh - Beautiful Handmade twenties inspired Goth clothing.
- How to create the Fingerwave Hairstyle - Right click to download this pdf instruction file for getting this popular twenties hair style.
- Past Patterns - historically accurate patterns from 1920-1929. Make your own costumes.
- The Frock - 20's vintage clothing - Very high end $800-$2500
- Vintage Martini- 1920's clothing - A lot of beautiful vintage clothing. Great ideas to make own dress. Features multiple close-ups.

Books on the Roaring Twenties: Art Deco, Fashions, Dance & More!

Cakes: Elegant designs to compliment a 1920's party

- A & S Cakes - Black and white check, red roses, very elegant.
- Katie's Cakes - Get some really unique ideas here from formal cakes to birthday cakes.

Decorations and Craft Items for a 1920's theme party

- Lots of great 4 Deuces Party Graphics - This zip file has a lot of great printable graphics for your Four Deuces Speakeasy. These include the following:
       • Dames and Fella Clonkers • Dons Bathtub Hooch • Stay Out • Mugshot Placard • Evidence • Tip Jar • Gentlemans Entertainment
- 1920's Prints and Posters - Large selections of Roaring Twenties prints and posters.

Drink Recipes for your Speakeasy

Prohibition began in 1920. A Speakeasy was the only place to get a decent drink, and no respectable Flapper would be seen without her flask neatly tied to her leg. Most cocktails only masked the taste of inferior booze. Fruit was added to the standard Old Fashioned at this time just for this purpose. Though the Mint Julep dates back before the 1800's, F. Scott Fitzgerald gave the drink a popularity boost in his 1925 novel, The Great Gatsby.

- Alcoholic Drink e-Book - Dinner and a Murder Mystery Games has compiled some of the best Alcoholic drink into one e-Book for you.
- Champagne Punch - A sweet bubbly champagne punch.
- Martini Cocktail - A classic 1920's Martini Cocktail that will help you set the 20's mood.
- Mint Julep - Mint Julep became popular during the 20's.
- Murderous Cocktail Recipes - Here are some Killer Cocktail Recipes. These include a Bathtub Gin recipe called Pink Murder, Death By Chocolate Dessert Drink and Red Death Cocktail!
- Non-Alcoholic Drink e-Book - Dinner and a Murder Mystery Games brings you some of the best Non-Alcoholic drink recipes in this e-Book.
- Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe - This old fashioned drink really packs a punch.

Food & Recipes for hosting a 20's Dinner Party

- 1920's Classic Barbecue Sauce - A wonderful 1920's Barbecue Sauce recipe that will make any dish a hit with your guests.
- 1920's Nut Loaf Recipe - This is a classic 1920's nut loaf recipe.
- 1920's Rice Pudding Recipe - A 1920's rice pudding recipe.
- Cabbage Rolls - A wonderful addition to any 1920's dinner party, this recipe is easy and fast to make.
- Fried Ravioli - If you are throwing our Murder at the Four Deuces Party, then this would make the perfect appetizer recipe to honor the Boss (Big Jim Ravioli) and his Family!
- Great Gatsby - 1920's Classic: Crab Stuffed Mushrooms with Parmesan Cheese - This classic 1920's recipe will bring a smile to anyone's face.
- Speakeasy Spinach Dip - The perfect appetizer.
- 1924 Waldorf-Astoria Menu for President Calvin Coolidge - Menu & recipes in printable PDF booklet format. Recipes may not be the ones used for this menu, but I tried to find recipes from this time period when possible. The booklets make a nice gift for your guests and can also be used as a unique seating place holder at your table!

For Murder Themed Recipes see our Murder Mystery Theme Page!

Games & other 1920's theme activities

Do the Charleston - a downloadable PDF file that teaches you how to dance the Charleston then have a Charleston contest.
• Dance and/or listen to jazz. Popular dances of the 1920s included the Foxtrot, Turkey Trot, Jive, Lindy Hop and Black Bottom.
• Award Prizes for Best Costume
• Stage a midnight raid by prohibition agents.
• Show Gangster Movies.
• Take Polaroid or Instant Photos of your Guests in their costumes - If you take digital photos you can have photos made for your guests & post them online too!
- Murder at the Four Deuces - Experience the ultimate roaring 20's theme party with a gangster murder mystery party kit.

Jewelry - Accessorize your 1920's costumes

- Antiquing Online - 1920's/Art Deco jewelry
- Collectible Costume Jewelry - 1920-1930 Art Nouveau / Deco Jewelry

Music for your Party

- The 1920's Radio Network - A 24 hour per day Big Band and Old Time Radio service that is geared toward the preservation of nostalgic broadcasting. As such, the hits from the 20's to the 40's are aired in their original form, and some have been digitally enhanced. This station is available for streaming through iTunes, Winamp or Windows Media players! If you have speakers to add to your computer you can listen to this during your party!

Theme Ideas & Plans for a 1920's Party

• Provide your Guests with a Password to enter your establishment. No password, no admittance. Our Favorite is Hootchie Momma!
• Have a 'bouncer' do a Gun check at the door.
• Fill big metal tubs with ice, drinks & booze.

- Download a 1920's Slang Dictionary - Print a copy for all your guests to really get into the period. This file is in Adobe Reader Pdf format. If you have problems getting it then right click on the link and choose Save Target As, then save it to your computer.
- 1920s Art Deco Wedding Theme Ideas
- Casino Party - Ideas and Supplies for throwing a Casino Theme Party or incorporating a casino into your murder mystery party!
FYI - Speakeasy...Also "speak." A term popular during Prohibition to describe an establishment selling illegal alcoholic beverages. In order to gain entrance, you had to speak in a low voice through a small opening in the back door and tell the attendant inside who it was who sent you to the place. The term itself (which dates in print to 1889) may derive from the English "Speak-softly-shop," an underworld term for a smuggler's house where one might get liquor cheaply, its usage in this sense having been traced back to 1823.

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