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20 Great Gatsby Party Themes & Ideas That Will Take You Back in Time

photographer: PS Photography and Films | planner: Bustled by Christina Nicole | florist: Andres Aguilar Designs | venue: The Temple House

by Claire O’Sullivan, Content Marketing Manager

So, you’re planning an inspired Great Gatsby party, old sport? Your event doesn’t need to be in New York’s West Egg to achieve the impressive scale and glamour of a Jay Gatsby-hosted party. Feathers, champagne, swinging jazz, and some sparkle can effortlessly transport party guests back in time to the roaring 1920s. From incredible art deco projection mapping and cigar rolling stations, to custom cocktails and the most impressive dance floors you’ve ever seen, Gatsby-inspired parties are nothing short of incredible — we expect to see plenty more as everyone rings in 2020. Grab a French 75 and get ready to party like it’s 1920 as we share our 20 favorite Great Gatsby party themes, elements, and installations. 

All That Glitters is Gold Gatsby Party Décor

A Brilliant and Bold Balloon Installation

Gold and black balloons and decor
photographer: Drew Noel Photography

The gold and glitzy Crystal Plaza was the perfect place for this surprise 50th anniversary party. We absolutely love the ornate dance floor design, which mirrored a hovering balloon installation by Lawrence Scott Events. Spiraled black, gold, and metallic balloons sparkled amongst the gorgeous chandeliers of this New Jersey ballroom. This Great Gatsby party kept the surprises coming — mask-wearing entertainers danced around with sparklers as a confetti-throwing flapper emerged from a large-scale martini glass.

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Burlesque-Inspired Feather Centerpieces

Gatsby themed party
photography: Rebecca Marie Photography

Chicago’s Mayne Stage theater venue inspired a Gatsby-themed event with its black interior waiting to be brightened with gold glittering details. This old Hollywood glamour-themed wedding, planned by LK Events, featured gold tablescapes and string lights throughout which sparkled in photos by Rebecca Marie Photography. We have always been obsessed with these white ostrich feather centerpieces by Revel Decor, which add height, texture, and, of course, so much glamour to a wedding reception.

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Art Deco Detailed Place Cards

Gold and black place cards
photographer: 4 Eyes Photography

This 10th anniversary party, planned by Elegant Occasions by JoAnn Gregoli, wowed its guests from the moment they pulled up, where they were greeted by an Excalibur automobile parked in the driveway. We adore the totally on-theme details by Ed Libby & Company, such as the martini-inspired centerpieces overflowing with pearled bubbles, and these oh-so-Gatsby place cards which incorporated the decade’s iconic font and art deco framing.

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An Impressive Photo Op Prop

Gatsby themed party
photographer: Ken Brown Photography

Cerbelli Creative planned a breathtaking Gatsby-inspired corporate event that was sure to leave a lasting impression on its attendees. Guests got to live the life of Jay Gatsby for the night, posing for photos from within a monogrammed vintage car parked in the New York City ballroom. Stilt walking entertainment drew eyes upward to appreciate the silver, white, and clear toned globe balloons. Feather and floral centerpieces were a must, as was the champagne tower frozen in ice.  

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Kick Your Feet Up From Luxe Loungers

Gatsby themed party
photographer: KsDuty Photography

This corporate event planned, by Samantha Silverman, gave a nod to Jay Gatsby with its incredible designs by Mood Events. From the lounge areas to the ceiling décor to the illuminated bar, rentals by Blueprint Studios are what tied the entire event at The Glasshouse together. These luxe tufted gold chairs are reminiscent of the lounge areas at the awe-inspiring West Egg parties.

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Deco Décor Recreates an Era

photographer: Jenny Quicksall Photography

This WIPA SoCal Design Challenge transformed City Market Social House into a glamorous prohibition-era party. Crystal chandeliers dominated the chic industrial space along with yellow and white florals draped with greenery. Richly-hued velvet chaises from Premiere Party Rents infused additional drama cozied up to tablescapes embellished with mirrors and glass votives. Vox Productions perfectly lit model statues adorned in period-perfect ivory gowns.

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Get Down on This Art Deco Dance Floor

Gold and black decor
photographer: Carasco Photography

There is no doubt guests busted out the Charleston on this opulent art deco-inspired dance floor at this 50th birthday party, planned and designed by Bliss Weddings & Events at The Racquet Club of Chicago. Rendezvous Music performed singalong classics from this stunning stage boasting a luxe black and gold backdrop. Surrounding the room was mirrored furniture by Bowery & Bash with pops of velvet emerald, which perfectly complemented Kehoe Designs’ palm-inspired florals.

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A Post-Prohibition Inspired Bar

Gold and black decor
photographer: Dove Photography

AMG Events and Visuals planned this gorgeous 1920s-themed wedding at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich. White florals and a lucite wedding arch were the stars of the show at the glowing candlelit ceremony. The reception turned the Gatsby inspiration up a notch with black glittering linens, towering gold candelabras, and this incredible tufted bar backed with an art deco wall by Ruth Ridgeway Designs

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What’s a Gatsby Party Without a Yellow Car

Gatsby themed party
photographer: Julie Skarratt Photography

This New York City birthday party at CNVS Events immediately caught our eye: the iconic Gatsby quote “I like large parties, they’re so intimate” was projected across the raw space’s walls. The theme came to life more and more in every photo, including this shot of Gatsby’s iconic — and controversial — yellow vintage ride. Décor by Dejuan Stroud, Inc. and AOG Design sparkled amongst the projection mapping by AV Workshop. Our personal favorite element was the ceiling installation above the black onyx dance floor, which blended metallic balloons and crystal-like strands for an ethereal yet glamorous design.

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Engaging Entertainment That’s Jay Gatsby Approved

Champagne-Pouring Acrobats are the New Bartenders

acrobat party entertainment
photography: J. Brown Photography

Give us all the midnight blue accents! This champagne-pouring entertainment from Angela Eve & Eve’s Parlor Events was suspended from beautiful blue draping by Art of Imagination. Jayne Weddings planned this roaring 20s party for the launch of Room 1520’s sister venue, The Justine. Luxe velvet furniture and mirrored details filled the space as fortunes were told and fire was breathed by the engaging entertainment.

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Cigar-Rolling Stations Double as Entertainment & Takeaway Gifts

cigar roller party entertainment
photographer: Abby Jiu Photography

No Gatsby-themed bash is complete without a cigar to puff on. This birthday party, planned by Evoke Design & Creative and hosted at the Longview Gallery in D.C., made room for a cigar rolling station where guests could watch and learn about the classic Cuban tradition — and take their newly rolled gift home. The entertaining didn’t stop there: strolling blackjack dealers — doubling as flappers — dealt out cards to the risk-taking guests.

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Glittery-Gold Acrobatic Performers Engage & Captivate Guests

party entertainment
photographer: Next Exit Photography

This Los Angeles corporate event, planned by Revel Global Events, was all gold everything —  therefore perfectly fit for a Great Gatsby party, from the gold washed walls to the overflowing champagne towers which glow in photos by Next Exit Photography. Also on theme was the glittering crystal chandeliers from which acrobats hung. This duo performance wowed as they swung across the towering ceilings donning gold sequined leotards.

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Casino Games are Fun — and Gatsby-Inspired — Entertainment

Gatsby themed party entertainment
photographer: Chicago Casino Suppliers

We’re placing our bets on this Great Gatsby party. The Palmer House Hilton played host to this 1920s gala, where guests were dressed to the nines in prohibition-era apparel. Casino tables and roulette wheels by Chicago Casino Suppliers filled the space where gala goers gambled and sipped on cocktails. We love how an on-theme, interactive activity breaks the ice and keeps guests entertained all night.

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Gorgeous Flapper Entertainers are the Focal Point of Any Party

Gatsby themed party entertainment
photographer: Fan Jiang

Leave it to the team at Colin Cowie Lifestyle to throw one of the most beautiful Great Gatsby parties we have ever seen. This New York gala kicked off with a 1920s-inspired flapper swinging from a feathered crystal chandelier. The cuisine and cocktails also lived up to Gatsby’s expectations with an impressive iced seafood display and — you bet — an absinthe bar.

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An Interactive Champagne Tower to Greet Arriving Guests

champagne tower
photographer: Maggie Marguerite Studio

Leslie Mastin Events planned this dual birthday party at a private residence on Long Island — quite fitting for a Great Gatsby party. Guests were greeted with a glass of champagne from this impressive tower as they entered the golden affair, designed by TINSEL Experiential Design. Our eyes were immediately drawn to the balloon-filled ceiling by Bloomin Balloons, which mixed gold, black, and marble balloons, adding a modern twist to the 1920s style. Guests enjoyed bathtub gin jazz as they nibbled on bites from Creative Edge Parties and sipped on-theme cocktails like “The Jordan Jive”. 

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Costumed Flappers to Serve Prohibition-Era Cocktails

Wolfgang Puck Catering
photographer: Wolfgang Puck Catering - Houston

Wolfgang Puck Catering – Houston hosted and catered a Great Gatsby-inspired launch party at The Corinthian, and the cuisine and cocktails were simply divine. Baked apple old fashioneds —  complete with branded ice balls — were served by costumed flappers. Johanna Terry Events ensured the décor matched the art deco-style menus with gold frames, mirrored furniture, and illuminated candles throughout the space.

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West Egg-Worthy Party Venues 

History and Opulence Define This Chicago Hotel

Gold party decor
photographer: Bonphotage

Jay Gatsby would be floored by the ornate and intricate detailing of Chicago’s The Drake Hotel. Incredible architecture  — in all its golden glory — sparkled beneath crystal chandeliers in the large-scale ballroom. This 1920s-inspired wedding décor by Shamrock Gardens was definitely worth “roaring” about with its floral and ostrich feather centerpieces dripping in pearls, glamorous gold linens, and an eyecatching white and gold art deco-inspired cake. Larry King Orchestra put on the performance of a lifetime from the venue’s built-in stage, as guests shimmied and celebrated the newlyweds from the dance floor.

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An Intimate and Unique Chicago Venue

Gatsby themed party decor
photographer: Shelby Forsyth

Intimate, sexy, and so unique, the Red Room at Tortoise Supper Club looks like it’s straight out of a scene from Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 remake. We love a Great Gatsby party theme for a rehearsal dinner to get guests excited to celebrate all weekend. And with incredible feathered centerpieces, lush floral bouquets, and candle floating martini glass décor by Ashland Addison Floral and Event Decor, how could they not? Tortoise Supper Club’s craft cocktails, live jazz music, and traditional American fare further transported guests back in time. 

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A Miami Venue Waiting to Be Transformed

Gatsby themed party
photography: PS Photography and Films

We couldn’t believe our eyes when this Miami wedding at THE TEMPLE HOUSE was uploaded to PartySlate. PS Photography and Films beautifully captured the extraordinary projection mapping by United Projection that illuminated the all-white space. Eleven different art deco designs covered the walls and transported guests to a West Egg-worthy celebration. We adore the stunning gold metal wedding arch wrapped in red roses by Andres Aguilar Designs. Planner Bustled by Christina Nicole sewed the Great Gatsby party theme throughout the entirety of the evening with feathered centerpieces, burlesque shows, a magician, and a wow-worthy performance from world-renowned electric violinist Esther Anaya. 

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Delectable Art Deco Desserts

A Cake Fit for Jay Gatsby Himself

Black and gold milestone birthday cake
photographer: Rebecca Weiss Photography

We think an event at the opulent Rainbow Room is the closest thing you can get to a perfect Great Gatsby party — and planner Amy Katz Events agrees. Katz filled the space with lively entertainment including a jazz band, cancan dancers, and corseted showgirls. This incredible four-tiered cake by Chic Sugars was also ever-so impressive in its intricate art deco detailing — and mouth-watering flavor.

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On-Theme Desserts Almost Too Pretty to Eat

black and gold dessert table
photographer: Lucero Photography

Guests had a roaring good time at this L.A. birthday party celebration, which transformed FLDWRK’s venue into a 1920s dream — starting with this incredibly on-theme dessert table by Merely Sweets. A black and white-striped backdrop framed the delectable spread which included a three-tiered tuxedo cake and, our personal favorite, martini glasses filled with candy. Glossy black and white furniture by Create A Party Rentals popped in Lucero Photography’s photos of the soirée. We applaud planner Simon Says Design’s attention to detail, especially the tuxedo linens topping each table setting and signage showcasing quotes from the great American novel.

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