I turned 30 a month after the Baz Luhrmann movie Gatsby released. Inspired by the movie, the amazing soundtrack (Lana Del Rey!) and my love of the 20s I decided on a “Goodbye to my Roaring 20s Party.”
I searched all over Etsy for Gatsby inspired signs and could not find what I was looking for. I decided I could make my own. Then someone said you could sell these. So I did. My Etsy shop was born.
My Party Essentials
Food: I was looking for something fun to serve and decided on Chinese takeout that could be served in mini Chinese takeout containers. According to Wikipedia:
By the 1920s, this cuisine, particularly chop suey, became popular among middle-class Americans.
Extras: Candy cigarettes, dice, peacock feathers, balloons, beads and everything gold. Gin and whiskey in brown paper bags. Cigars for guests who smoke.
Music: Anything 20s. I also played the Gatsby Soundtrack, because Lana.
Movie: I bought a 1920s black and white film to play on a TV in the rec room of our building, only to discover the TV wasn’t working. It was still a good thought.
Book: To get inspired reread The Great Gatsby (assuming you have already read it.) Anything by F. Scott or Zelda Fitzgerald. Some of my other favorite books set in the 20s: The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell, The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, Fallen Beauty by Erika Robuck, Dollface: A Novel of the Roaring Twenties by Renee Rosen and Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood.
The year 2020 is just two years away… I can’t wait to plan an actual 20s party in the 20s!