With the release of the Great Gatsby movie staring Leonardo Dicaprio (*eye candy alert!*) only a few months away, why not consider having a 1920s inspired hen party?
The roaring twenties was an era of glitz and glamour with stunning eveningwear, sexy flapper dresses, cloche hats, feather fans and glittering headbands.
If the bride-to-be loves glamour and elegance, then she may well love a Great Gatsby themed hen party. Here are some ideas to get you started:
For the decor, set up a table with vintage frames, lace, strings of pearls, crystal details and feather items. Have a look through your attic for objects such as old cameras, radios, books, lace tablecloth and soft blooms. You can also purchase 1920s party printables to help your theme come alive.
3) Ask everyone to dress the part…
Ask your guests to come in cocktail dresses accessorized with sparkly hair bands, fascinators, ribbons, brooches, feather boas and strings of pearls. Trousers and braces, like the lady circled in red, are also a fab idea (image via Love My Dress).
To glam up the bride-to-be’s outfit, consider giving her a birdcake veil for added bridal ‘oomph’ or this pretty Hen Party fascinator, which we found on Folksy. If you are doing your own makeup and hair, head to YouTube for flapper makeup and fingerwave hair tutorials.
4) Food & Drink
Here is a non-exhaustive list of common 1920s party food: fruit cocktail, sliced pineapples & bananas, deviled eggs, olives, pickles, salted nuts, Bread sticks, potato chips, Caesar salad, Waldorf salad, chicken salad, egg salad, Fried chicken, baked ham, finger sandwiches and chocolate pudding.
For beverages try: Soft drinks garnished with fruit & fruit juices, Ginger ale, Coca-Cola, lemonade, punch, coffee and tea. Alcohol was banned for sale in the US. from 1920 – 1933, so to get any booze, one would have to go to an underground ‘speakeasy’ club. Drinks were usually presented in tubs of ice – not a bad idea to recreate this at your party!
5) Hen Party Cakes
You can order 1920s-inspired cupcakes from Little House of Cupcakes or Genii’s Cupcakes. Alternatively, save money by purchasing some 1920s cupcake toppers to stick into plain cupcakes. If you are opting for a hen party cake, Pineapple Upside Down cakes or Devil’s cakes were popular in that era. You can glam up your hen party cake with feathers, fringes or brooches.
For a Gatsby-style picnic, you can have lawn games like croquet. Alternatively, you can spend the afternoon learning the Charleston Dance if you are based near London, Cheltenham, Oxford or Henley. Another idea for the active hen is to head to London’s Make Lounge for some Lingerie making classes, Perfume making classes or even Fascinator making classes.
If you live outside the capital, try a DIY perfume making Hen Party set from Showerella or Chocolate Making kits from ChocKit. You can also have a murder mystery event with a 1920s-themed murder mystery kit – the girls will laugh so much and the bride would certainly love it!
Your guests will definitely understand it if they do not receive party gifts because the Hen Party is all about the bride. However, it is always a nice gesture to give your guests a favour as it gives them something memorable to take home from the day. Try a Gasby pendant from Flapperdoddle, Hip flask key rings (they’re so 1920s!) or a Twinning Literary Drinks Set complete with the latest edition of The Great Gatsby.
7) Gift for the Hostess
The hostess of your Hen Party deserves a gift of appreciation from the bride. Although you’re likely busy with wedding planning, send a gift as soon after the party as possible. Give her a handwritten thank you note along with a nice gift like a Kate Spade Great Gasby Purse, Contress Cointreau by Dita Von Teese, Cameo Coin purse by Lulu Guinness or a Great Gatsby Tote from Culture Label.
If the hostess is your maid of honour or bridesmaid, it’s okay to give her one bridesmaids gift but be sure to mention your thanks for the Hen Party in the thank you card.
If you are planning a glamourous Gatsby themed hen party this year, do let us know how you get on! Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org with your pictures.