Category Archives: 1920’s Themed Prom

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.

Make Your Event Unique With Cardboard Standees

Cardboard standees are great additions to many different event decorations.  They can be used as entryways to your prom, arches to take pictures under, or simply as a 3D backdrop to your event.  Not every prom committee uses cardboard standees—some use balloon arches or other things.  Cardboard standees, however, add dimension to your prom or event in a way that not many other things could.

Even if you’re having a themed prom or dance, there are a variety of options for cardboard standees that you can use.  There are standees for casino proms, Hollywood proms, and Mardi Gras proms, among many others.  Some cardboard standees allow you to paste your picture over the face of the standee.  That gives you one more way to create a fun memory of the night.

If you’re having a city-themed dance, there are a variety of backdrops you could decorate with.  You could choose London or New York, whether present-day or in the Roaring 20’s, with city-specific standees like Big Ben and the Brooklyn Bridge Archway, or you could create your own with towering skyscrapers.  Your options are wide open, but whatever you choose, remember that using a cardboard standee will help your event stand out.

Hot Theme Party Kits for the Musically Inclined

Certain prom event themes bring a special dimension to the party, and that dimension is a particular genre or style of music. Here are some of our favorite prom theme kits for the “musically-inclined” that would create good vibrations for a post-prom party, too.

Rock Star Theme Decorating Kit. This kit hits striking visual notes in purple, blue and red with neon touches and features giant guitar pedestal, pyrotechnic and speaker standees reaching 8-10’ tall! Hang plenty of metallic star curtains and float guitar- and star-shaped mylar balloons with this kit.

All That Jazz Kit. Create a 1920s sidewalk lined with city street lights that leads to a ballroom bandstand. Dance amid flapper and jazz guy silhouettes, then take a break at a table dressed in navy, black and silver tableware and musical votives.

Disco Theme Decorations. Can you ever have enough glass mirror balls? We didn’t think so. Pick up table top disco balls in addition to the big ones you’ll find with the Boogie Arch and sequined columns in this glittering collection.

Hip Hop Hustle Theme Kit. Place these decorations in front of a blue spotlight background illustration, install a graffiti wall with a two toned brick patterned flat paper opposite, pull out some thick markers and start the music.

Twist the Night Away Kit 1950s Decorations. Fifties parties have been popular for at least 30 years. They’ve developed a style all their own and this kit hits all the right notes for the atmosphere you’re seeking. The drive-in is here, the muscle cars are here, the juke box is installed. Add a great mix of music, some malteds and a Rockin’ personalized banner.

Stumps Party Gives Music Tips with Top Prom Songs Since 1920


Stumps All That Jazz Decorations Kit

Music is a prom must-have. You can’t dance without it! Music can make or break your prom, so choosing the right prom song is an important decision. Stumps Party has compiled a list of the top prom songs since 1920 to help you choose the right theme song and music for your event. Stumps Party has been in the business of helping you create the perfect prom since 1926, supplying decorations and personalized favors for 8 out of 10 American high schools each year. Proms are our passion and we want to help you create the perfect prom, right down to the music!

Looking through the list of prom songs and listening to samples can be a fun activity for your prom committee meetings. Look at all of the songs or choose a decade in order to find your prom’s theme song. Many of these songs are timeless pieces that students will still enjoy dancing to. You can even use this list to create a playlist for the DJ so that he or she has time to acquire them. A well-selected playlist of relevant songs adds an exciting and authentic feel to your prom.

You can also use the list to create a contest for students to win prom tickets. Generate a quiz asking students to match the prom song to the year it was most popular. Callenge students to match a lyric from the song to the song title. Choose the student with the most correct answers or enter all completed quizzes into a random drawing and award the winner with a pair of prom tickets, a restaurant gift certificate or other prom-related prizes! These activities will help students learn about prom traditions and get excited for their prom!

Whether you’re planning a 1920’s, 1950’s or other retro prom, this prom song list is a fantastic resource. Continue to build up your chosen prom theme through eye-catching publicity and unforgettable decorations. Create excitement with Stump Party customizable banners such as the 1920’s banner or the 50’s banner. Stumps Party has tons of decorations for these themes such as the All That Jazz decorations kit or our Rock Around the Clock decoration kit.

Music is just one important element of designing the perfect prom. Check out all of our Prom Planning Tips for more ideas and you can always contact us with your questions!

Have a Roarin’ Fun Prom with an All That Jazz Theme

All That Jazz Theme KitRelive the fun and vivacious nature of the Roaring 20s for your prom with the All That Jazz Kit. This kit includes tons of awesome decorations for transforming your dance venue into a speakeasy perfect for having a night of roaring fun!

Start the decorating off by setting up the All That Jazz Backdrop. The 10’ high x 25’ wide backdrop creates a fantastic foundation to your Twenties-themed decorations. Place the backdrop in front of black or red gossamer draped from ceiling to floor in pleats to really make it pop.

Next, set up the All That Jazz Balustrade and the Bandstand with band members. The balustrade includes a light fixture (bulb not included) for creating a light effect. It’s also accented with gossamer for a full-soft look. The Bandstand is 94” high and 88” wide x 22” deep. Set it up with the mural and band members to create the impression of a live band playing the Charleston for you dance floor.

The Dancing Couple, Jazz Guy and Flapper silhouette standees make great accents to your balustrade and bandstand. Set them up around your 20’s scene to set the tone for your students. Make the final touches with the 20’s lamp post, car standee and for a really full look, add the jazz skyline to your backdrop.

To make prom memories last for years to come, try a beautiful memory booklet! For this theme we suggest one of our classic booklets imprinted with a 20’s themed logo and your prom slogan. Then, place each booklet inside the Top Hat Confetti Booklet Cover. It’s full of beautiful confetti and die-cut top hats. You can customize the inside of your booklets with your own content and layout for a totally personalized memento of prom night.

Finish it all off with a bang by handing out fantastic prom favors. Classic favors such as glassware candles, photo albums and picture frames are great for this theme. Imprint each favor with your own slogan and a dancing couple, jazz or music logo. Students will love them

Tell us about your Roaring Twenties or All That Jazz themed prom!