The roaring 20’s a very popular theme choice for adult parties and shows like Boardwalk Empire have only increased the interest in this era. So, when we noticed that a Georgia based technology company, Unitiv, was hosting a roaring 20s themed “Bootlegger’s Ball,” we knew this was a real event we wanted to hear all about.
This year, Unitiv wanted to try something different for their 10th anniversary customer appreciation cocktail party. Inspired by the glitz and glam of the 1920’s, the Unitiv team put a new twist on their annual “Monte Carlo Night” for an event that had everyone jazzed up. A renovated factory, turned art gallery from the early 1900s provided the ideal backdrop for this celebration.
The venue was quite impressive with many gorgeous features including exposed brick and large works of art. With such a unique location, there were minimal decorative embellishments needed for the party. But, some adjustments had to be made for the 1920’s theme – so black velvet curtains were hung and red banquettes were added to help achieve a speakeasy feel. Gaming tables were set-up around the venue, and large white feather plumes decorated cozy booths. Unitiv encouraged guests to dress up and they did not disappoint! “We saw a lot of flappers, zoot suits, boas, feathered hair bands,” said Crystal Nichols, Director of Marketing.
Unitiv hired a GigMasters’ jazz band, The Flycats (Atlanta, Georgia) to help make the evening more authentic. Members of the band came in costume adding to the energy of this swanky 1920s event. “The entertainment was a huge part of this event. As soon as guests walked in, they were greeted by the jazzy music from The Flycats. The group had so much talent and fit the 20’s, jazzy theme perfectly!” said Crystal. The band’s last set included songs like Blue Heaven, Five Foot Two, and Charleston that had everyone dancing by the end of the evening. Singer Courtney Stanley said, “I believe we fit the bill quite well. Several attendees asked me personally if we were primarily a 1920s band.”
In addition to dinner, dancing, and live music, Unitiv really carried the theme throughout the entire party. For example, as guests arrived, they were offered a classic Old Fashioned cocktail served in a tea cup. “The tea cup was a trick people used in the 20’s in case of police raids…it looked like they were just drinking tea, instead of alcohol!” explained Crystal. “Winnings” from casino games like blackjack, craps, roulette, and poker were cashed in for raffle tickets and prizes at the end of the night.
Crystal had some advice for others interested in planning a theme party - stick to the theme as much as possible in all areas such as food, music, invitations, etc. The Flycats member Courtney echoed this suggestion, “I think the event planners did a lovely job, paying close attention to every detail. It truly felt like a step back in time to the 1920s. We had a blast!”
Have you ever hosted a themed event? What suggestions do you have for someone planning a theme party?