Gatsby Themed Party Ideas, Planning and Inspiration

A Guide to Planning Your Perfect Gatsby Party: with Electro Swing Project.

Hosting a themed party can make event planning a breeze, and few themes are as captivating as a Gatsby-themed extravaganza. If you’re new to party planning and wondering where to begin, fear not! We’ve got some fantastic ideas to help you get started.


1. Set the Date and Secure the Venue

Once you’ve picked the date for your party, it’s crucial to take care of the essentials, starting with the venue.

Choosing the right venue is a game-changer. Consider opting for a venue that exudes that classic Art Deco ambiance. This way, you can save both time and money on decorating from scratch. While blank spaces offer creative freedom, transforming them can be costly and time-consuming.

Our recommendation? Choose a venue that naturally embodies the Gatsby spirit or has character so compelling that extensive decoration isn’t necessary.


2. Strike the Right Note with Music

With the venue sorted, it’s time to move on to the soul of your party: the music.

Music sets the tone and gets your guests in the Gatsby spirit. The Roaring Twenties were all about extravagant parties and lively entertainment, with swing music taking center stage. Consider hiring a fantastic swing band (link to Musicians Inc) to recreate that authentic Gatsby ambiance.

If you’re looking to add a modern twist to your Gatsby soirée, an Electro Swing Band is a fun choice (link to us). The Electro Swing Project, for example, seamlessly blends Swing and Big Band Era music with contemporary hits, creating an unforgettable experience. They even provide choreographed dancers to complete the transformation into a modern-day Gatsby party, earning rave reviews from past clients.

Booking a Gatsby-themed band is like a shortcut to party success, as they bring years of experience in creating memorable events.


3. Dress to Impress – Gatsby Style

The best part? You and your guests get to dress up!

For the ladies, think tassel dresses, feather boas, and elaborate updos. Men can channel their inner Gatsby with classic suits and bowties. Check out our Youtube Channel for inspiration!


4. Delightful Dining and Dazzling Drinks

To keep your guests well-fed and satisfied, consider asking your venue if they can craft Gatsby-inspired cocktails. These thematic drinks can add an extra layer of authenticity to your party.


5. Craft the Perfect Invitations

Create thematic invitations effortlessly using platforms like Canva. Send them out electronically via email or WhatsApp. Themed invitations not only set the mood but also help with RSVPs, ensuring you have a headcount for catering.


6. Timing and Flow of the Gatsby Party

  • 7:00 PM: Welcome your guests with a signature Gatsby-themed cocktail or champagne, even if you’re not offering a full bar. This small gesture makes everyone feel welcome and jumpstarts the party vibe.
  • 7:30 PM: Consider having a small swing band to welcome guests before the main party band takes the stage.
  • 8:00 PM: Begin serving canapés or smaller bites to keep guests energized and ready to dance.
  • While guests arrive, consider having aerialists or aerial hoop acts for added entertainment. There’s nothing quite like seeing performers in Gatsby attire suspended in the air.
  • 8:30 – 9:00 PM: Let the Gatsby band take the stage. You can even surprise your guests with a flashmob-style dance routine (see our Instagram for inspiration).
  • The band typically performs two 45-minute sets, concluding around 11:00 PM.
  • After the band’s performance, transition to a DJ for those who want to dance the night away.
  • If you plan to serve late-night food, do so once the band finishes.

By following these steps and infusing the Gatsby theme into every aspect of your party, you’ll create an unforgettable night that your guests will talk about for years to come. So, don your finest Gatsby attire and join us for a truly remarkable Gatsby-themed soirée!”

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