As we approach the end of another year, it's time to start thinking about how we'll ring in the next. But instead of the same old streamers and champagne, why not try something more exciting this year? Picture a night filled with sequined flappers, sharp-dressed men, and a secret knock to enter - welcome to your own speakeasy-themed New Year's party!
The Speakeasy: A Storied Past
Speakeasies hold a special place in American history. These illegal bars came into prominence during the Prohibition era of the 1920s when the sale of alcohol was banned. Despite the law, people still found ways to enjoy a tipple or two, often in hidden rooms or behind unmarked doors. The name "speakeasy" itself might have come from patrons being told to "speak easy"—or whisper—so as not to draw attention. Sounds secretive and exciting right?! So, why not bring a taste of this thrilling past to your New Year's celebration?
Invitations: Your Ticket In
Your invitations are the first taste your guests will get of your speakeasy party, so make them count. Consider sending physical invitations that mimic a secret coded message or include your party’s secret password. You could even design them to look like vintage newspaper clippings, announcing the opening of a new "underground" establishment.
Setting the Scene with Speakeasy Decorations
Decorating your space is key to creating an authentic speakeasy atmosphere. Think vintage charm meets modern chic. At Tailor Made Rooms, we specialize in prohibition-era wall art and custom speakeasy signs that are sure to set the tone. Our speakeasy decor is the perfect party accent to transport you and your loved ones to the Great Gatsby era.
Other items to include in your 1920s party decor could include vintage posters, feathered centerpieces, or even an old-fashioned gramophone. Don’t forget the lighting – soft, dimmed lights can help create a cozy and intimate setting. And don't be afraid to get creative and add your personal touch.
Dressing the Part
A speakeasy-themed party is the perfect excuse to dress up. For the ladies, think flapper dresses, headbands, and pearls. Men can channel their inner Jay Gatsby with sharp suits, fedoras, and perhaps a vintage pocket watch. Encouraging your guests to dress like it's the Roaring 20s will add an extra layer of authenticity and fun to your event.
Serving the Right Cocktails
A speakeasy party wouldn't be complete without an assortment of prohibition-era cocktails to wet your whistle. Selecting the right drinks plays a vital role in setting the mood and keeping your guests entertained. A classic choice would be the Old Fashioned, traditionally made with whiskey, bitters, sugar, and a twist of citrus rind. The Bee's Knees, another popular cocktail from the 1920s, mixes gin, lemon juice, and honey for a smooth, sweet, and tangy treat. If you're looking for something a bit more adventurous, concoct a Sidecar, a blend of cognac, orange liqueur, and lemon juice. Remember, presentation is everything - serve these libations in vintage glassware and garnish with a cherry or an orange slice to complete the roaring 20s vibe. Whether you're a whiskey wizard or a gin genius, there's a speakeasy cocktail for everyone's taste.
Cheers to Your Speakeasy Soirée
In conclusion, throwing a speakeasy-themed New Year's party is a unique and thrilling way to ring in the new year. With the right speakeasy decor, outfits, and a little bit of history, you can transport your guests back to the glamour and clandestine excitement of the 1920s. Tailor Made Rooms has been honored to help you start planning your speakeasy soirée today!