The Fabulous 1920’s Great Gatsby Party

Roaring 1920’s Great Gatsby glamour is the perfect party theme for 2020.

The decadent Great Gatsby theme is perfect for hosts who want to throw an opulent party with all the excitement and excesses of the 1920’s.  Relive the 20’s in 2020, and mark the decade with a fabulous event to celebrate any landmark occasion.  

Why do we at Mirage Parties think the Great Gatsby is a brilliant party theme?

  • It creates an atmosphere of pure decadence. They can be wild and opulent which is a great mix for a successful party 
  • We know a whole array of suitable ‘Great Gatsby’ venues that are perfect for our stylists to work with. The styling opportunities are in abundance, think beautiful art deco pieces and mirrored dance floors
  • The dress code can be fabulously sophisticated and elegant. Beautiful flapper style dresses and stylish menswear make it a dream for those that love to dress up and look amazing!
  • Entertainment is at the heart of any outstanding party. This era opens up a heap of entertainment opportunities to create the ‘roaring 20’s’. Think top jazz bands and swing dancing to name a few.

In this blog post we show you how it’s done using examples from world-class Great Gatsby themed parties that we’ve planned and produced.

Vintage Car For Gatsby Style Party

“People disappeared, reappeared, made plans to go somewhere, and then lost each other, searched for each other, found each other a few feet away.” F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

When F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote the The Great Gatsby he was desiring to produce something “extraordinary and beautiful” which is what we emulate in the creative event design and planning of Great Gatsby themed parties.

In the novel F. Scott Fitzgerald tells the story of a cast of characters living on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922, exploring themes of decadence and excess. Millionaire Jay Gatsby hosts extravagant and wild parties in an attempt to impress his neighbour across the Bay, Daisy Buchanan. Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation – casting Leonardo DiCaprio as the lead – demonstrates the power of dazzling design, sound and production in bringing the Gatsby vision to life.

To authentically take on this seductive and exciting theme for parties we curate the very best in luxury venue styling, entertainment and catering as ways to transport party guests to another time and place. 

 “I like large parties. They’re so intimate.” F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Creating the best atmosphere by styling your party venue is not just about the decor. Lavish interactive elements help to build the guest experience, for example; Charleston dance lessons, dens of iniquity, street style catering, champagne fountains and speakeasy cabaret corners. Bring to life and contrast the avant guard (and sometimes seedy) New York Soho scene with the art deco, vintage cars, ballrooms and sweeping staircases of the millionaire mansions of the era.

Take a closer look at some of our examples of Great Gatsby parties planned and produced by Mirage:

1920s Great Gatsby 50th Birthday Party

Sketch of a 1920's street in New York
Great Gatsby Wedding Guests

“I began to like New York, the racy, adventurous feel of it at night and the satisfaction that the constant flicker of men and women and machines gives to the restless eye.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Our client for this party wanted a spectacular and indulgent party to celebrate their 50th birthday in style. The party took place in an industrial barn with everything was brought in and installed to transform a warehouse into the opulent Great Gatsby mansion. The initial part of the evening was styled around 1920’s New York Soho with street style catering. Once dinner was over a flash mob encouraged guests through to the spectacular ballroom with Charleston displays and the best party band in the UK. See more photos and video from this spectacular party.

Roaring 20’s Party in London’s St Martins Lane Hotel

Great Gatsby inspired roaring twenties themed party guests
Great Gatsby venue styling with art deco palm trees

“I was enjoying myself now. I had taken two finger bowls of champagne and the scene had changed before my eyes into something significant, elemental and profound.” F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

This exquisite 50th birthday party had a dramatic 1920’s boutique English luxury feel. Gilded Art Deco palm trees and a fabulous gleaming bespoke gold-mirrored monogrammed dance floor starred in the event design. Vintage style singers, Bachata dancers, top international DJ and our Gatsby themed dance troupe kept guests entertained throughout the party. See more detail from this Gatsby themed party.

Surprise Great Gatsby Party at the Hotel Cafe Royal

Golden Show Girls At Surprise 40th Birthday Party
Hotel Cafe Royal Great Gatsby party venue

“The bar is in full swing, and floating rounds of cocktails permeate the garden outside, until the air is alive with chatter and laughter, and casual innuendo and introductions forgotten on the spot, and enthusiastic meetings between women who never knew each other’s names.” F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Period furniture, theatrical props and a full programme of themed entertainment was carefully curated for this 1920’s themed Gatsby party. Professional, highly talented flapper girls, party band, DJ and a flashmob of dancers delivered an evening of amazing surprises. See more photos from this 1920’s Gatsby party.

1920’s 40th Birthday Party in a Luxury Marquee

Party Marquee With Draping And Mirrored Circular Bar
1920s Flapper girl dancers entertaining at a party

“In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.” F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

This Great Gatsby themed celebration took place in a beautiful marquee in the grounds of our client’s home. Gatsby Girls greeted guests and gave a Charleston styled performance on the dance floor. The brilliant band played popular dance anthems and guests enjoyed cocktails at the circular mirrored bar where they were tendered to by professional cocktail bar flarers. Read more about this 1920’s inspired night of decadent splendour.

Planning a Great Gatsby themed party?

After delivering these 1920’s inspired and Great Gatsby themed parties we received lovely feedback from our clients which we think describes why great party planning matters to those who want a truly creative and spectacular party;

“Just wanted to say a massive thank you again for making J night amazing, please say thanks to all your team. So many people have contacted me saying it was the best party they have been to and how it was like something out of a movie and how they felt like stars. For me & J this party was one of the best nights of my life and not sure how I can ever top it!! You really organised the event to perfection from day one and I was impressed how relaxed & professional you were throughout this event. I would definitely recommend you and use your company again.” M.C.

“We would like to thank Christian, Julia and the team for the most amazing party. From start to finish the service was excellent and they exceeded my expectations. In the run up to the party Julia was always at the other end of the phone for any details or queries. My 40th party was fab and went all to plan. The attention to detail was amazing and everyone commented on how fantastic it was. We honestly felt like guests at our own party. They are truly wonderful people to work with. I now wouldn’t use anyone else, and couldn’t recommend them enough. Thank you so much.” S.R.

“The room looked great, I was very impressed with the all the decor, entertainment, music, food and drinks. Most people were telling us that this was the best party they have ever been to but most importantly I had the most fun as well. Overall, amazing amazing and I am a very happy customer. Once again, so happy about the party. I had so much fun and danced so much.” S

“Wow….. What a party. Thank you both so much for organising the most amazing party, It not only lived up to expectations but surpassed them. We stepped out of the taxi and were transported into another time and place. The street scene was great fun, however the Mansion was like walking into a movie set, totally amazing! And as for the band, what can we say, they were “simply the best” it was like having our own private concert. We have been inundated with messages from all our guests who were totally blown away. Even people who weren’t there are talking about it! A huge thank you to all your fabulous team for putting together the perfect party.” S.L

Creating the highest quality, creative and professionally produced parties is our passion. Make your party spectacular and unforgettable. Please get in touch to start planning your party in 2020.



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