Hosting a party for any big event like a wedding, graduation party or 50th birthday party can seem like a really daunting task. But I’ve found that picking a party theme to go with the event makes it much easier to figure out what to do and how to decorate. So for one of my New Year’s Eve parties, I went with a roaring 20’s theme that incorporated these Great Gatsby party decor ideas, and it was one of my biggest party hits yet!
As everyone who was been to my house for a party knows, I love to throw parties with a theme. I think it helps my guests know what to expect when they get there (how formal, how many people, what to wear) and helps me to figure out what kind of decorations, food and drinks I need.
Since most people like to dress up for New Year’s Eve, I like to pick a more formal theme that is still fun…and a Great Gatsby (or Roaring 20’s) party is perfect! But it also works well for a lot of other events…birthdays, graduations and even weddings.
Keep reading to see how to stage your own party with these Great Gatsby party decor ideas.
The Gatsby Party Entrance
Set Up A Speakeasy Entry
Since the great Gatsby was set in the 1920’s, creating a hidden speakeasy entrance is a great way to set the tone.
I created an alley in my garage and had all the guests come in that way instead of through the front door.
Adding some boxes of liquor and fake money created a photo op before they even got to the door.
Make A Welcome Sign
The Great Gatsby was all about big, over-the-top parties that everyone wanted to attend (my kind of guy!).
To let everyone know what they’re in for, this “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” sign is perfect.
And it’s not hard at all to make.
Since I’m not very good at hand lettering, I made my own version of this sign using my Cricut.
If you’re looking to collect some cards for your party, this Gatsby-inspired gold bird cage* is perfect!
The Art Deco style will go perfectly with your Great Gatsby party or wedding theme.
Gatsby Party Room Decor
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Create a Focal Point
Create a focal point for your food area or candy buffet with a black and gold Art Deco backdrop.
Made from foam board, it’s not at all expensive but definitely makes a statement.
1. Cut the pieces from black foam board*.
2. Spray paint the gold pieces with a metallic gold base*.
3. Spray paint over the gold pieces again with gold glitter paint*.
4. Apply adhesive velcro strips* to the edges of the boards so that they can be attached together (and taken apart).
Or add a fun sign above the bar.
Hang Balloons From The Ceiling
Hanging things from the ceiling is one of my favorite ways to add drama to party decor. (And Gatsby was definitely about the drama!)
These balloons make everyone look up as soon as they walk in the door, and create a party atmosphere that’s hard to forget.
I got this idea from save-on-crafts.com, except I didn’t have time to put up as many as they did 🙂
Clear or gold metallic balloons* hanging from the ceiling almost look like champagne bubbles…perfect for a Great Gatsby party!
Glam Up Your Chairs
Add some faux pearls* to the back of your chairs to give them the glam look.
These Chiavari chairs with the gold bamboo backs* are perfect for this!
Of course, you could just drape the faux pearls over the backs of your existing chairs (much less expensive!)
Or go with something like these metallic gold chair sashes to add a little glam.
Gatsby Table Decor
Gatsby table decor is all about glamour…think black and gold, feathers and glass, candles and pearls…
Add Some Feather Centerpieces
Add some white feather vases as centerpieces on your tables.
Hang clear “crystal” beads (okay, they’re really plastic) or faux pearls from the feathers to add that extra sparkle.
Make Wine Bottle Centerpieces
For a less expensive option, try making your centerpiece out of wine bottles.
Adding some ribbon, lace and faux pearls will make them fit right in with the Gatsby theme.
Or Sand and Pearls Candle Holders
Make simple candle centerpieces using sand and faux pearls.
They’re elegant, really easy to make, and very inexpensive…perfect for when you need to make a lot of them!
And there’s lots of flexibility for what to make them in. You can use a traditional candle holder like the one above.
Or substitute a stemless wine glass for the candle holder. Putting the glass on top of a candle stand (meant for pillar candles) lets you vary the height if you want more than one on a table.
It has the added bonus that, since it’s a wine glass, you can re-use it after the party for its regular purpose.
Finally, you can use a small glass vase if you want your candle centerpiece to have more of a vase-type shape.
Add Crystal and Glass
If you prefer to buy your decor rather than make it, candelabras with crystals and white roses add elegance to any setting. Which makes them perfect for a Great Gatsby party.
To get true crystal, you will pay a little more, but they are beautiful!
If you want to go for a less expensive option, Mercury glass tea light candle holders* add some elegance and “old school” vibe.
These are available in a variety of different shapes and styles, so you are sure to find some you like.
Use Gold and Black Table Settings
Gold and black are the main colors of this theme…so having gold and black table settings is a natural part of the decor.
Add Some More Feathers
Sprinkle some of these gold-tipped feathers on your tables to add more of that over-the-top roaring 20’s decor.
To make these:
1. Buy some feathers*.
2. Pour some gold glitter* in a bowl.
3. Use a glue stick* to put some glue on the end of the feathers.
4. Then dip the feathers in the bowl of glitter.
Or if you’re not in the DIY mood and would rather buy your gold dipped feathers, you can find them HERE.*
The Gatsby Party Bar
Of course, you can’t have a Gatsby party without having a well stocked and glam-looking bar.
Serve Drinks From Decanters
Serve your drinks in decanters*, from a bar cart (if you have one).
Everything looks more sophisticated when it is poured from a crystal bottle like this decanter*. They look much more expensive than they actually are.
These art-deco style bottle labels* also goes with the theme.
Use an Old-School Cocktail Shaker
You will really set a roaring 20’s vibe to your party by mixing your drinks in an old-school cocktail shaker.
Then serve them in old-school cocktail glasses to continue the theme.
Pour Champagne Into Coupe Glasses
Serve champagne (or sparkling wine) in coupe glasses*.
If you have a safe place to stack champagne glasses, this champagne glass pyramid is a stunning centerpiece.
I have never been brave enough to try this, but apparently if you stack the glasses right, you can pour the champagne in the top ones and it will run down into the other ones.
Another (easier) option is to use a champagne fountain*. It still lets people help themselves to a glass of bubbly, and is a little easier to manage.
Serve Champagne Jello Shots
For a make-ahead version of champagne, try out these pink champagne jello shots.
They look pretty and taste great…and everyone loves jello shots!
Make Glam Drink Stirrers
These Pop, Fizz, Clink DIY drink stirrers have all the glam you need to go with your Great Gatsby party theme.
And they’re really easy to make!
The Gatsby Dessert Table
Create a Candy Buffet
The candy buffet is always my go-to option for party themes that don’t have obvious food choices.
Using a black tablecloth with a gold runner makes the whole table feel like part of the Gatsby theme.
Stocking the candy buffet with white and black candies carries on the color scheme.
Putting the candies out in these pretty apothecary jars* is an elegant way to create a display.
Make Great Gatsby Oreo Cookies
I originally got the idea of gold-trimmed Oreo cookies from seeing these beautiful Tuxedo and Pearls Oreo cookies on igottacreate.blogspot.ca and thought I could do something similar for my Great Gatsby party.
And I was right! They are relatively easy to make, fit right in with the decor and everyone loved them! It’s amazing how good Oreos taste when coated with white chocolate 🙂
Many of the sites that I have linked to have more awesome Great Gatsby Party ideas so be sure to check them out…with all of this inspiration your party is sure to be a success!