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.
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?