How To Plan Your Perfect 1920s Event: A Guide

Did you know that in France the Roaring Twenties were called the “annees folles?” For those of you who don’t speak French, that means “crazy years.”

The 1920s were certainly unique and over the years have inspired many ideas for 1920s events. If you’re in love with the idea of 1920 party themes, you might need to know the first steps to plan your event.

Keep reading and we’ll walk you through everything you need to know to plan a party that honors the 1920s.


You have tossed all the other party ideas out the window and it’s time to plan your 1920s event. The first step is invitations, after all, you can’t have a party without partygoers.

You could send out a Facebook invite or invite through another digital platform, however, if you want your 1920s party, to truly honor the 1920s, go technology-free with your invites.

You can utilize free graphic websites such as Canva to create invitations that utilize Gatsby templates or other templates that are reminiscent of the 1920s.

If you want to up the ante, include a password on the invitation. This can make your party seem more like entering a speakeasy in the 1920s.


Part of the fun of having 1920 event themes is dressing up. Make sure you give your guests ideas on what to wear. You will also need to plan your own outfit.

For men, think white shirt, black suit, shoes, fedora, bow tie, suspenders, and neckties. For the ladies, think of slip dresses, feather scarves, tiaras, long gloves, silver jewelry, and cigarette holders.

You may want to include some pictures with your ideas to help your guests truly get in the “swing” of things.


When decorating, choose decorations that are gold, black, and silver. You can easily do a 1920s party on a budget.

However, if you have a little more of a party budget, toss in the extra detail such as champagne, pearls, feathers, and more that will really give your party the feel of extravagance.

Food and Drinks

When it comes to food laying out a variety of appetizers is always a great choice. However, if you’re going for a sit-down meal, consider a meal of mac and cheese or Italian pasta.

It was around the 20s that these foods began to make their way to the US.

For drinks, maybe avoid the moonshine made in the bathtub. However, Mint Julep, Prosecco, Bees Knees, Mary Pickford, Negroni, Old Fashioned, Grasshopper, or a Gin Rickey are great cocktails to serve.

Don’t forget your sober guests, you can serve mocktails or other popular 1920s drinks so that everyone is included.

Music and Entertainment

For music think jazz. Jazz was very popular in the 20s. Also, consider having someone come and teach your guests popular 1920s dances such as the Black Bottom, Shimmy, or Charleston.

You can even pull out your phone for a quick Tiktok video of popular 1920s dance styles.

Learn the Lingo

Learn 1920s lingo and give your guests a list. Have fun pretending you have traveled in time and using popular phrases from the 1920s.

Plan Your 1920s Event Today

Start planning your 1920s event today. With these tips, your party is sure to be the bee’s knees.

Are you looking for more event ideas? Check out the lifestyle section of our website and find party ideas that will astound your friends.

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