How to Throw an Art Deco Theme Party

by Karen

Our best tips and tricks on how to throw an Art Deco theme party.

The styling of the Art Deco era was one of elegance, sophistication and glamour. A party of the roaring ‘20s must have a few things to be truly authentic. From the atmosphere and décor to the timing and costumes; your party, if done with care, will be a sockdollager. Let’s set the story with the right mood. Think of a speakeasy, a gangster get together, or the book The Great Gatsby. It was a time of Greta Garbo and jazz music and prohibition. The youth were taking over and they were having the time of their lives. The Lindy Hop, Charleston, and the Foxtrot were the popular dances.

Great Gatsby Art deco vintage black dress
Janes grab your flapper, feathered headpiece and pearls. Short cocktail dresses such as a sheath or long stylish gowns that look like they were inspired by the Empire State Building or the Chrysler Building are the way to go. A low waist chemise, deep V neckline, geometrical lines and beads or fringe were hotsy-totsy. Feathered boas, short heels, and red lipstick complete the look. An elegant example of this period is the Sue Wong Sexy Deco Dress. A dress as sassy as this could be paired with a feather boa, a string of pearls, a peacock feather Lady Olivia headband, short heels and fire engine red lipstick, a complete and snazzy look for the hostess of the perfect Art Deco theme party. Or, a flapper may be what you want. A sassy and sexy number like the black and beige Nataya Flapper made of tulle with a low U neckline would be perfect. Wear the amore red evening shoes and a dainty headband to complete the look. With any dress, be sure to accessorize to the max. Jewelry is a must have for any attire. Dangling earrings, large flamboyant cocktail rings, and geometric bracelets complete the progressive image of the Art Deco period. Remember, a proper cocktail party starts around 6:00 PM with light drinks. It can continue into the evening with fun and dancing; going until after 11:00 PM. Start your guests off slow and easy so they don’t get spifflicated or zozzled. Must haves:
  • Snappy jazz band playing in the background
  • Black, gold, and white color pattern
  • Symmetrical lined backdrops
  • A photo booth

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