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How To Create A SpeakEasy Vibe- Bringing the Prohibition Roaring 20's to the 21st Century

What do you think of when someone says they want their party to have a "speakeasy vibe". Do you think of dim lighting, intimacy, and extravagance? Do you picture rich colors and velvety textures? Then you are on the right path to recreating the perfect speakeasy.

Name your club- The Cotton Club

the 21 Club

the Stork Club

Club Deluxe

SpeakEasy Moody Color Palette: Black Dark Brown Red Navy Blue

Deep Gray

Furniture: Velvet and Leather Couches and Chairs to create intimate conversational clusters

Dark Wood Tables

Crystal Chandeliers

Lights on a dimmer

Art Deco Furniture

Decor: Lacquered paint finishes

Frosted glass accents Crystal embellishments




Oversized vases

Display books or photos of Book Titles- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Ulysses by James Joyce

Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

The Mysterious Affair At Styles by Agatha Christie

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

The Brimming Cup by Dorothy Canfield

Apparel: Stylish and sophisticated


Blazer and Dress Pants

Cocktail Dress or a stylish jumpsuit

Dark Colors

Fedora or a Newsboy Cap

Flapper-style dress

Cloche Hat

Feather Boas

Food: Finger Foods

Lobster Canapés

Caviar Rolls

Crabmeat Cocktails

Shrimp Patties

Oyster Toast

Jellied Anchovy Molds

Radish Roses

Devilled Eggs

Savory Cheese Balls

Fruit Cocktail Cups


Oysters Rockefeller

Beverages: Gin Fizz

Whiskey Smash



The Mary Pickford


Gin Rickey

French 75

The Last Word

Bee's Knees

Bacardi Cocktail

Ward Eight

Tom Collins

Monkey Gland

Hemingway Daiquiri

Music- Jazz

New Orleans Blues

Dixiland Jazz

The Count Basie Orchestra

Benny Goodman Orchestra

The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra

Duke Ellington and his Orchestra

Stan Getz

The Glenn Miller Orchestra

Lester Young

Some fun elements to include:

-Secret password to enter

-Have a dance competition

-Create a Green entrance door, indicating a good time is to be had

-Play a 1920 movie in the background

-Have a costume contest

-When it's time for your party to end, hire people to dress up as police from the 1920's and stage a


-Stage a 1920's car at the front entrance

-Play board games, especially 1920's themed games


All photos are from Amazon, where these products are sold

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