Are you having a 1920's theme party?

Here are some 1920's era decorating tips, recipe ideas and costume ideas to help with your planning.


First of all, these stores (and others like them) are great places to find a lot of what you need for decorating and accessorizing for a theme party:

  • Dollar stores
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Michael’s Craft stores
  • Party City

1920s decorating ideas

Color scheme: Black and white, sparkly and glitzy: White and black party streamers, table cloths, napkins and even black and white feather boas along with strings of pearls create a nice look.

Dim the lights and add candles to create a speakeasy atmosphere.

Use unlabeled wine bottles or even Coke bottles if you can find them for wine on your dinner tables (it was Prohibition after all)

Hang posters of 1920’s gangsters and flappers from Amazon. Last time I checked they had a life-sized cardboard cutout of a gangster and flapper.

While you’re there do a search 1920’s music on Amazon. They have a wonderful selection.

I also found these cool 1920’s Gangster Mug Shot Glasses on Amazon as a possible gift idea for your guests.

Do a general search for gangster props and 1920s props to see what else you can find on Amazon.

Also check out our own resource page for cap guns, costume links and so much more.

1920’s costumes:


  • Double-breasted suites (pin-strip if you have one)
  • Carnations in the lapel
  • Fedora
  • Hanky in your pocket


  • Almost any sleeveless dress with a drop waist or no waist.  Tie a fringy shawl around your waist for a nice flapper look.  I’ve had great success finding these types of dresses in 2nd hand, used clothing stores.
  • Long pearls.
  • Headband* with a feather or without.  *You can easily make this headband.  Go to the notions section of a craft or sewing store and look for piping or edging material.  It’s usually stretchy and has sparkly gold or silver do-dads but anything fancy looking will fit the bill. You can also use a scarf.  Tie the bow part on one side of your head (not the back).
  • Boas.
  • Long, elbow-length gloves.
  • Cigarette holder.

Download this PDF: 1920s Costume Illustrations

And do a search for ‘flapper’ on Amazon to get more ideas on the flapper look and accessories you can purchase.

1920’s menu ideas – popular food in the 1920’s for The Mafia Murders

Sample Menu:
Molded/fruited Jello-salads, fruit cocktail, sliced pineapples & bananas (maraschino cherries)
Deviled eggs, celery, olives, olive and sausage kebobs, pickles, salted nuts (almonds, pecans, peanuts, filberts)
Bread sticks, Parker House rolls, saltine-type crackers, potato chips
Caesar salad, Waldorf salad
Finger sandwiches…peanut butter & jelly, ham, turkey, chicken salad, tomato, egg salad, cream cheese
Fried chicken, baked ham
Pineapple Upside down cake, angel or devil’s food cakes, ice cream & chocolate sauce, chocolate pudding. Canned peaches work well.
Beverage service: Shirley Temples (ginger ale with maraschino cherry juice, decorated with afore mentioned cherries), Ginger Ale, Coca-Cola, Kool-Aid, Lemonade, punch, coffee, cocoa & Orange Pekoe tea

COCKTAIL: Cranberry Cosmopolitans – perfect for The Mafia Murders/1920s theme (as are martinis)
3 Jiggers Vodka
1/2 jigger Grand Marnier
lime juice with a small amount of pulp
splash of cranberry juice
about a 1/4 jigger crushed ice

In a shaker crush with lime draw ice from shaker and pour.

COCKTAIL: Sidecar – perfect for The Mafia Murders/1920s theme (as are martinis)

2 ounces Cognac
1 ounce Triple Sec
1 ounce Lemon Juice

Coat the rim of a chilled cocktail glass with sugar. Shake the ingredients with cracked ice and strain into the cocktail glass.

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