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Twenty Roaring Tips for Your Great Gatsby Event

With The Great Gatsby promising to be the box office boom of the summer, why not plan a glamorous Gatsby-like event? The classic novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a staple in many high school reading curriculums, so nearly everyone knows the story of the “Great American Novel.” Plan your upcoming event to reflect the flourishing prosperity of the Roaring Twenties with these helpful hints and tips.

Twenty Roaring Tips

  1. Set the scene for your Gatsby-like event with the proper decorations. Gold, black, and silver metallic gossamer will help you achieve the look of decadence that goes with the Roaring Twenties.
  2. Start on the right foot: send out Gatsby-themed invitations for your event!
  3. Take the invitations one step further: when your guests RSVP, ask for the number of guests that will be attending. Then send out personalized tickets for your Gatsby event—they’ll be able to keep the tickets as a fun souvenir!
  4. Always remember: No event is complete without balloons! To match your metallic gossamer and other metallic decorations, use metallic latex balloons.
  5. Make sure to have enough tableware and punch glasses on hand!
  6. Look for a punch bowl for your refreshment table that will fit in with your Roaring Twenties theme.
  7. Speakeasy signIf you have a refreshment table, hang a fun Speakeasy sign on it!
  8. Play music that fits the theme—big band jazz will be perfect for your Gatsby party!
  9. If your event is large enough to have a wait staff, have them dress like gangsters and flappers!
  10. Either request that your guests arrive in formal attire or in 20s fashion.
  11. It’s not a party without some dress-up time! Have black fedoras on hand for your gangster men and feather boas for your flapper ladies!
  12. Wearable party props are great, but what about props that your guests can take with them? Have funny money on hand, both for decorations and for souvenirs!
  13. When you put together your favor bags, don’t forget to choose favors that reflect the theme of the party—Art Deco compact mirrors are a great choice for your Gatsby event!Foil Gold Bar favor boxes
  14. If your event will involve kids, have a fun favor for them to play with—stacks of foil gold bars that double as favor boxes are a great way to keep kids occupied and entertained.
  15. Select other party favors that fit the theme of your event.
  16. As you put together favor bags, remember the personalized stickers, mint tins, and a variety of gold, silver, and black beads.
  17. If you hire a photographer, ask for them to dress in the attire of the era—it will get them involved in the fun and keep your theme going.
  18. Make sure your guests have fun—take a classic picture to remember the event and then also take a fun, 20s-themed picture.
  19. Make sure to include a personalized frame in the favor bags for your guests to display their memories.
  20. Finally, don’t forget to send out thank you notes!

Go Back In Time With 20s, 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s Prom Themes

Sometimes there is nothing more fun that pretending to be somewhere else or becoming someone else. Small children love to play pretend – it comes naturally. We have whole industries built on fantasy. Just look at Hollywood for a major example. Again, Halloween is one of the biggest party holidays of the year, because even the adults get to dress in costume. We, the people, love to play pretend.

Elegant and beautiful formal evenings are one of the perfect places for people to be able to become someone else in another place and another time. With a decade themed prom night, your evening can range from the truly glamorous of the 20s and 50s to the glittering glitz of the ridiculously fun 80s. All it takes is an imagination and a little bit of elbow grease. With some luck, the following ideas will get your started on the imagination end; this year’s prom crew can provide the rest!

1920s Prom Theme

Known as the “Roaring Twenties” or the “Jazz Age,” when we think 1920s, we often think of Bette Davis, flappers, speakeasies, and Greta Garbo, to name a few off the top. To create the look and feel of the 1920s without revisiting the popular Great Gatsby theme from 2012, turn the prom into a speakeasy. Start with some invitations with iconic Art Deco lettering to invite the juniors and seniors back to a particular moment in time, and make sure all the guests know the “secret entrance” code: knock twice, give a whistle, and then knock once more. “Park” a gangster car standee near the entrance for added back-alley authenticity.

For drinks, make sure the punch is a clear liquid – perhaps mix sprite with clear kool-aid – and instead of traditional cups, use coffee mugs! (Since alcohol was illegal then.) Set up plenty of fog machines, because a real speakeasy was sure to be filled with cigarette smoke.

To announce the prom court, instead of doing it in the traditional fashion, stage a “raid”. Have the principal or whomever is going to announce to court come and “raid” the prom venue, complete with police sirens and everything. Once you have secured the attention of everyone in the room, announce the prom court!

Decorations can be simple, yet swanky. Black and gold satin and gossamer table linens, votive candles, and gobs of real looking strings of pearls on the table tops. For the photo standee, be sure to have fedoras and feather boas on stand-by to complete the point.

1950s Prom: At the Hop

Pink and black poodle skirts. Greasers and bomber jackets. Greased Lightnin’! And it is all going to happen at the hop! The 1950s was a time of hope and promise for the U.S. as soldiers returned from war and the war economy produced a time of prosperity that had been preciously unprecedented. Keep this feel good vibe in mind while planning a 1950s prom.

Be sure to have a juke box, or at least a cardboard reproduction. Keep the music themed to the 1950s, or use music from bands like Me First and the Gimme Gimme’s, who do updated covers of classic tunes. This is definitely the time to be channeling Elvis Presley, milk shakes, and cat eye glasses.

Set .45s on every table in the form of centerpieces, of course. Have records whirling from the ceiling, as well.

Alternatively, this could also be a good decade to use to play off the popularity of the new film, “On the Road,” featuring James Franco and Kristen Stewart. Beatniks, blues, wine, and social commentary could make for an interesting spin. Prom night attendees can even pose in the car from “On the Road!”

1960s Prom Theme

In contrast to the feel-good fifties, the 1960s was a time of turmoil and swift change. Playing on the art and ideas brought to the fore in San Francisco by the beatniks in the previous decade, protest slogans and peace signs are two prominent icons of this decade. Rainbows and flower power interspersed with some hand-made protest banners about Vietnam can set the stage here.

Use leis for favors at the door to give guests the look of flower children as they make their way through the beaded curtain. Face painting is always an option, and not as childish in the proper context. The music choices for the evening are varied, as the songs of the sixties remain some of the most popular music of all time. Create Haight and Ashbury street signs and hang faux-electric guitars on the wall. Scatter guitar picks at the tables, personalized with your prom info.

You could even make your prom into Woodstock, minus the illegal drugs, violence, and mayhem, of course. As any prom attendee would have obviously been too young to attend the ACTUAL Woodstock, the summer of ’69 and the famous music festival remain an idyllic fantasy for many young people. Capture the moment in time with 1960s peace sign stand in to help guise the brilliantly bedecked teenagers in sixties garb for a photo op. All in all, being able to attend “Woodstock Prom: 2013″ (through rose-colored lens, of course) could be the perfect magical evening.

1980s Prom: Studio 54

Many schools who choose to do an 80s prom theme go with neon, leg warmers, and feathered hair; more “Breakfast Club” than “Rent,” if you will. Those proms can be fun and special, to be sure. This year, however, consider a spin on the 80s prom theme and consider styling the venue like an 80s nightclub. Dark lighting, a mirrored disco ball, and dancers in the background help create the illusion of the infamous New York nightclub, Studio 54.

Brick corrugated paper should line the walls, complimented by strategically placed reflective metallic curtains to help with the illusion of dark and depth. Place different lights, like LED balls, throughout the venue space to create an understated yet dynamic lighting effect.

Be sure to play some *timely* 80s rock and dance music to fit with your theme. Instead of setting up a typical drinks and snacks table, create a bar tableau. When each couple comes in, give them city favor bags with money clips and some fake cash to spend “at the bar” for their drinks at Studio 54.

2011 Prom Themes Guys Like

Prom committees are typically female based, but even if this is true for your school’s prom committee, don’t forget about the guys. Ladies, we’re always wishing the guys would get more excited about parties and dancing, so let’s give them a reason to be excited.
Here are three prom themes that guys are SURE to love!  

Vegas or casino theme party: You’ve hit the jackpot here because guys love to gamble and play cards.  Ladies, get what you want from the Viva Las Vegas casino theme kit and give them a bit to do as well. Set up a plastic Roulette wheel and several card tables with giant playing cards. Have a willing chaperone wear a casino dealer’s vest and visor to oversee the games. Use fun flashing dice and personalized poker chips for the games.

Roaring ‘20s and gangster theme events: What guy doesn’t love gangsters, canes, and hats? No guy, that’s who! Set up your prom with a gangster theme kit complete with a gangster standee for the guys and flapper standee for the girls.

Retro event themes: Never underestimate powers that Austin Powers has over men. You’ll have them saying, “Groovy baby,” all night long with afro wigs and retro party wearables. Hand out retro beads as prom favors.

No matter what prom theme you choose, try your best to incorporate something fun that will get the guys as excited as you are about prom.