Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Party Planner: Roaring 20s Prohibition Party

It can sometimes be difficult to come up with age-centric birthday party themes once you become a lady of (ahem)...a certain age (though I like to think I did ok with 13 Going on 30, the 10th Anniversary of My 21st Birthday, and I'm Feeling 32). My friend A recently hit it out of the park with her flapper-tastic, End of the Roaring 20s prohibition theme party to celebrate her 29th birthday! 

Let's start with the setting - she and her husband transformed their apartment into a dimly-lit, adorably-named speakeasy where you needed to knock a specific number of times on the door and say the correct password in order to gain entry. Once inside, we were greeted with all the trappings of the 1920s...glitter-tipped feathers, (candy) cigarettes...

...warmly glowing candles...

...and of course, prohibition protest signs flanked by bottles of alcohol!

I am all for any excuse to wear a costume, so T and I happily embraced the invitation's encouragement to dress in our 20s best by summoning our inner gangster and flapper (complete with a thigh flask in my garter!).

I also tried to carry the party theme over to our present, by concealing our gift in a crumpled brown paper bag (tied with not-so-authentic assorted ribbons and a hand-stamped tag because, come on, I had to add at least one little DIY element!). 

A is a total whiz in the kitchen, and it's always a treat to be invited to her home for dinner because it's a guarantee that she's always going whip up something fantastic! T and I made sure not to eat beforehand because we knew we'd want to stuff ourselves make sure we sampled all of her delish party snacks.

All of the appetizers were fantastic but my favorite of the night was the bruschetta done two ways (and it immediately made me realize that I needed to pick up some porcini glaze on my next trip to the market - it's amazing!). I couldn't decide which of the two was my favorite, so obviously I had to keep eating both all night long to make an informed decision. It was too close to call since they were both insanely tasty, so the jury is still out on this one...A, want to make some more for me so we can settle this once and for all? :)

For signature cocktails, the party featured an option to customize your drink with a variety of syrups and bitters (all topped with some bubbly, of course!) along with a refreshing white sangria.

There was even something to please the (few!) tee-totalers in the bunch.

The commitment to the theme tied into the evening's activities - first, you had to pass through a curtain to a private back room to reveal...

...a gambling den!

Roulette and blackjack were the games of the night, and house rules were in full effect.

The gambling parlor totally enhanced the overall shady, smoky atmosphere, and played up the secretive vibe of the entire party.

Plus, the house was quite generous with the chips (even when a certain blogger ran out...a few times), so YAY for everyone being a winner at the table!


I was totally blown away by A's creativity and absolutely loved this unique party theme - are there any almost-29-year-olds out there who might want to "borrow" this idea?


  1. You guys go to more theme parties than I have ever been to!! Such a great theme and fun to dress up for too! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  2. I love this party idea! It's such a great way to kick off the last year of being 20, plus, like you said, who doesn't love the opportunity to dress up in costume! All the details are amazing, and that bruschetta looks amazing!

  3. You certainly know how to throw a theme party!! :)

  4. this is the CUTEST theme party! really went all out! i think this is one decade i'd enjoy dressing up for :)

    xoxo cheshire kat

  5. This seriously looks like so much fun! Love your costumes and all of the fun decor, even down to the wrapping of the gift :)

  6. What a fantastic idea!! We have a bar in Charleston called Prohibition, and its vibe is one of my favorites!

  7. I love the theme of this party! There are a couple prohibition bars here in Orlando and it's always interesting to visit them because the bartenders are dressed in the era and speak that way too. Also the drinks are delish!

  8. This looks like soooo much fun!! How do you manage to throw AND get invited to all the best parties??! :)

  9. Such a fun theme, and loving your costume. You rocked it gurlie <3

    Green Fashionista

  10. I have said it before, and I will say it again. You guys have the BEST parties!!! I love the 20's theme! So fun!

  11. Looks like so much fun! I love to throw parties but I have lame friends who never want to participate in fun ones like this!

  12. That's a unique theme for a birthday celebration! I love all the accents and decor.

  13. Seriously! You girls not only throw but also go to the most fun parties! Everything looks perfect - I love that they even had a gambling den!

  14. This is such a cute party idea and looks like so much fun! I loved your costumes, you looked great!

    The Blush Blonde

  15. this is so fabulous! we were going to do this for my bestie's 29th but then decided against it. we might do it for my 29th, we'll see!

  16. Looks like fun! Nice photos♥♥

  17. This party is just TOO COOL. I LOVE all the details...that bruschetta looks soooo good (I'm drooling) and I love your personalized gift. The gambling, the password knock...all so so fun!

  18. Totally adorable. What a fun idea for a party! Love all the attention to detail.

  19. What a fun party! It looks so authentic, and I love the attention to details and the overall vibe!!!


  20. What a fun idea! I can never come up with stuff like that! Love all the theme details!


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