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23 Great Gatsby Party Themes & Ideas That Will Take you Back in Time

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 Twenties. 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.


Achieve the impressive scale and glamour of a Jay Gatsby-hosted party.”

We searched through hundreds of real weddings, galas, and social celebrations on PartySlate to find the best 1920s-style soirées. Best of all, we’ve included the talented party vendors behind each wow-worthy event — so you know whom to hire for your glamorous affair.

Grab a French 75, and get ready to party like it’s 1920 as we share our 23 favorite Great Gatsby party themes, elements, and installations. After all, glamour never goes out of style.

All That Glitters is Gold Gatsby Party Décor

A Great-Gatsby Themed Party With Glitzy Chandeliers and a Black and Gold Balloon Installation | PartySlate

photographer: Drew Noel Photography

1. A Brilliant and Bold Balloon Installation

Livingston, New Jersey

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.

The vendors who made this event happen:

photographer: Drew Noel Photography | décor& design: Lawrence Scott Events | venue & caterer: The Crystal Plaza | videographer: LVL13 | lighting: Fusion Productions | band: Silver Pro Entertainment

Lavish Gatsby Party Decor With White Feathers as Centerpieces | PartySlate

photography: Rebecca Marie Photography

2. Burlesque-Inspired Feather Centerpieces

Chicago, Illinois

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.

The vendors who made this event happen:

photography: Rebecca Marie Photography | event planner: LK Events | décor: Revel Decor | venue: Mayne Stage | band: The Empty Pockets

Art Deco Table Place Cards at Great-Gatsby Themed Party | PartySlate

photographer: 4 Eyes Photography

3. Art Deco Detailed Place Cards

New York, New York

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.

The vendors who made this event happen:

photographer: 4 Eyes Photography | event planner: Elegant Occasions by JoAnn Gregoli | design/décor: Ed Libby Events | tent: Stamford Tent & Event Services Inc

An Old Fashioned Car at Great Gatsby Party For Photo Opportunities | PartySlate

photographer: Ken Brown Photography

4. An Impressive Photo Op Prop

New York, New York

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.

The vendors who made this event happen:

photographer: Ken Brown Photography | event planner: Cerbelli Creative

Gold Luxe Lounge Area at a Great-Gatsby Themed Party | PartySlate

photographer: KsDuty Photography

5. Kick Your Feet up from Luxe Loungers

Ponoma, California

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.

The vendors who made this event happen:

photographer: KsDuty Photography | event planner: Samantha Silverman | event design: Mood Events | venue: The GlassHouse | lighting: Got Light | management: ACCESS Destination Services | caterer: Alice Bentley Chocolates | videography: Raphael Films | rentals: Blueprint Studios – Rental

Great Gatsby Party With White and Green decor hanging from the ceiling | PartySlate

photographer: Jenny Quicksall Photography

6. Deco Dècor Recreates an Era

Los Angeles, California

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.

The vendors who made this event happen:

photographer: Jenny Quicksall Photography | venue: City Market Social House | videographer: Marshall Camera Wedding Films | organization: WIPA SoCal | lighting/ av: VOX Productions | production: VOX Productions | rental: Premiere Party Rents | dj: Dash Entertainment | caterer: TGIS Catering and fundamental LA

Art Deco Dance Floor at a Great Gatsby Themed Birthday Party | PartySlate

photographer: Carasco Photography

7. Get Down on this Art Deco Dance Floor

Chicago, Illinois

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.

The vendors who made this event happen:

photographer: Carasco Photography | planning and design: Bliss Events Chicago | floral: Kehoe Designs | venue: Racquet Club of Chicago | furniture: Bowery & Bash | lighting: Frost Chicago | entertainment: Rendezvous Music

Art Deco Bar Mitzvah Band Stage With Personalized Signage That Reads

photographer: North Shore Photography

8. Set the Stage With 1920s Style

Wheeling, IL

A great band deserves a great stage setup. HYPE Productions got just that at this Art Deco-themed Bar Mitzvah party planned by Great Events. Personalized branding in black and gold kept all eyes on the stage — even when the band was taking a break. We also love how the mirrored dance floor adds extra 1920s-style glamour to the scene. Discover other elevated details like funky lamp centerpieces and ribbon-wrapped chairs here

The vendors who made this event happen:

photographer: North Shore Photography | planner: Great Events | décor: Epic Events | venue: Westin Chicago North Shore | video: Xpress Video Productions | entertainment: HYPE Productions

The Great Gatsby Party Themes Aren't Complete With out an Art Deco Gold Bar | PartySlate

photographer: Dove Photography

9. A Post-Prohibition Inspired Bar

Greenwich, Connecticut

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.

The vendors who made this event happen:

photographer: Dove Photography | décor: Ruth Ridgeway Designs | venue: Hyatt Regency Greenwich | event planner: AMG Events and Visuals

A Great Gatsby Party With a Stunning, Retro, Yellow Car | PartySlate

photographer: Julie Skarratt Photography

10. What’s a Gatsby Party Without a Yellow Car

New York, NY

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.

The vendors who made this event happen:

photographer: Julie Skarratt Photography | décor: Dejuan Stroud, Inc. and AOG Design | venue: CNVS Events | entertainment: Generation Events, Inc. | caterer: Neuman’s Kitchen | a/v: AV Workshop


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Engaging Entertainment That’s Jay Gatsby Approved

Lavish Gatsby Party With Acrobats Serving Champagne While Hanging from Linen | PartySlate

photography: J. Brown Photography

11. Champagne-pouring Acrobats are the New Bartenders

Chicago, Illinois

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 ImaginationJayne 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.

The vendors who made this event happen:

photography: J. Brown Photography | event design + coordination: Jayne Weddings | floral: Flowers for Dreams | venue: The Justine at Room 1520 | talent: Angela Eve & Eve’s Parlor Events | drapery: Art of Imagination

Gatsby Party With a Cigar Rolling Station | PartySlate

photographer: Abby Jiu Photography

12. Cigar Rolling Stations Double as Entertainment & Takeaway Gifts

Washington, D.C

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.

The vendors who made this event happen:

photographer: Abby Jiu Photography | event planner: Evoke Design & Creative

Great Gatsby Themed Party With Acrobatic Sparkly Performers | PartySlate

photographer: Next Exit Photography

13. Glittery-gold Acrobatic Performers Engage & Captivate Guests

Los Angeles, California

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.

The vendors who made this event happen:

photographer: Next Exit Photography | event planner: Revel Global Events

The Great Gatsby Party Themes Aren't Complete Without Some Casino Fun | PartySlate

photographer: Chicago Casino Suppliers

14. Casino Games are Fun — and Gatsby-Inspired — Entertainment

Chicago, Illinois

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.

The vendors who made this event happen:

event planner: 1440 Event Design | design + décor + technical productions + rentals + tables: Chicago Casino Suppliers | venue: The Palmer House Hilton

Gatsby Party With Entertaining Flappers Hanging From Feather Chandeliers | PartySlate

photographer: Fan Jiang

15. Gorgeous Flapper Entertainers Are The Focal Point Of Any Party

New York, New York

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.

The vendors who made this event happen:

photographer: Fan Jiang | event planner: Colin Cowie Lifestyle | floral design and décor: Colin Cowie Lifestyle

Great Gatsby Themed Party Complete With a Champagne Tower | PartySlate

photographer: Maggie Marguerite Studio

15. An Interactive Champagne Tower to Greet Arriving Guests

New York, New York 

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”.

The vendors who made this event happen:

photography: Maggie Marguerite Studio | event planner: Leslie Mastin Events | design: TINSEL Gold Label Weddings & Events | lighting: Luminous Designs | caterer: Creative Edge Parties | tent: New York Tent | jazz band: La Vie en Rose | dj: Marvin Myers DJ | stationery: Lady J Creative | entertainment: Shien | balloons: Bloomin Balloons | furniture rentals: Patina Rentals | plant rentals: Bergen Botanics | pipe & drape: Drape Kings

1920's Themed Party With Flapper Girls Handing Out Prohibition Inspired Cocktails | PartySlate

photo courtesy of Wolfgang Puck Catering

17. Costumed Flappers to Serve Prohibition-Era Cocktails

Houston, Texas

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.

The vendors who made this event happen:

venue: The Corinthian Houston | décor: Johanna Terry Events | floral: Johanna Terry Events | catering & production: Wolfgang Puck Catering – Houston | linen: House of Hough | a/v & lighting: GTX Productions | entertainment: J & D Entertainment | band: Danny Ray and the Acoustic Production | rental: Aztec Events & Tents | photobooth: MYEVENTISTHEBOMB | furniture: AFR Event Furnishings | videographer: Pixel Studio Productions

SIX GUESTS IN FLAPPER ATTIRE AT IMPACT MELANOMA'S SHADES OF HOPE GALA 2019 AT THE COLONNADE IN BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS | PARTYSLATE

photographer: Dave DiNisco

18. Dress to the Nines in Sequins and Feathers

Boston, Massachusetts

Guests fit right in at this Roaring Twenties-themed gala with sequined flapper costumes and stylish top hats. Event designer Tasha Bracken Events created a fully-immersive evening of charity and glamour with a live jazz band and “black and gold” silent auction. Some of our favorite details from this extraordinary night include feather-filled martini glasses, Art Deco backdrops, and a custom-designed dance floor. Click to see how this meaningful event put the “fun” in fundraiser.

The vendors who made this event happen:

photographer: Dave DiNisco | event design & production: Tasha Bracken Events | venue: The Colonnade | dancers: Boston Lindy Hop | band: Late Risers | a/v: Gateway Productions Inc. | makeup & hair: Maryelle Artistry | rentals: Party By Design | emcee: Channel 5 WCVB – Nicole Estaphan | auctioneer: Magic 106.7 – David O’Leary


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West Egg-Worthy Party Venues 

Golden Dance Floor and Tables at a Great Gatsby Themed Party | PartySlate

photographer: Bonphotage

19. History and Opulence Define this Chicago Hotel

Chicago, Illionis

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 eye catching 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.

The vendors who made this event happen:

photographer: Bonphotage | venue & caterer: The Drake Hotel | florals: Shamrock Gardens | entertainment:
Larry King Orchestra

The Great Gatsby Party Themes Require a Sexy Venue Like This One | PartySlate

photographer: Shelby Forsyth

20. An Intimate and Unique Chicago Venue

Chicago, Illinois

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.

The vendors who made this event happen:

photographer: Shelby Forsyth | event planner: Becky Randle (Tortoise Supper Club) | floral & event décor: Ashland Addison Floral and Event Decor|venue: Tortoise Supper Club

A Gatsby Party With Gold Art Deco Illuminating Against the Walls | PartySlate

photography: PS Photography and Films

21. A Miami Venue Waiting to be Transformed

Miami Beach, Florida 

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.

The vendors who made this event happen:

photography: PS Photography and Films | planner: Bustled by Christina Nicole | event production: Bill Hansen Catering & Event Production | florist: Andres Aguilar Designs | venue: THE TEMPLE HOUSE | projection mapping: United Projection | make up/ hair design: Sissi Ceballo | violinist: Esther Anaya | caterer: Bill Hansen Catering & Event Production


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Delectable Art Deco Desserts

An Art Deco Tiered Birthday Cake at a Great Gatsby Themed | PartySlate Party

photographer: Rebecca Weiss Photography

22. A Cake Fit for Jay Gatsby Himself

New York, New York

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.

The vendors who made this event happen:

photography: Rebecca Weiss Photography | event planner: Amy Katz Events | décor: Frank Alexander NYC | venue: Rainbow Room | lighting: Bentley Meeker Lighting & Staging, Inc. | cake: Chic Sugars | photobooth: Jamie Watts | dj: Generation Events, Inc.

Great Gatsby Theme Party With an Array of Delicious Desserts | PartySlate

photographer: Lucero Photography

23. On-Theme Desserts Almost too Pretty to Eat

Los Angeles, California

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.

The vendors who made this event happen:

photographer: Lucero Photography | planner: Simon Says Design | venue: FLDWRK | dessert: Merely Sweets | ice cream bar: Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream | rentals: Create A Party Rentals | bar: CaliCraft Cocktails


What is a Great Gatsby Party?

Great Gatsby-themed parties bring glamour to the forefront of your celebration with Art Deco designs and golden décor elements. Expect live jazz ensembles, flapper performers, and sparkling Champagne towers. 

The Great Gatsby party themes are perfect for every type of celebration — be it a wedding, corporate event, or milestone birthday party. Take a cue from Jay Gatsby himself and invite your guests to dress to the nines as you wine and dine the night away. Think gold, feathers, fringe, and sequined elements — along with luxe entertainment and indulgent catering

What Can You Do at a 1920s Party?

Capture the glamour and sophistication of a 1920s party with showstopping entertainment. Live jazz bands, flapper performances, and casino games will take your guests back in time — while also creating cherished future memories.

Don’t let prohibition stop you from indulging in a mouthwatering menu. Keeps guests satiated with Champagne towers, cigar-rolling stations, fruit cocktails, and oyster appetizers. Whether you are looking to host a sit-down dinner or a cocktail hour with passed plates, make sure your guests have time to savor elevated catering between twirls on the dance floor.

Where Can I Find Party Vendors and Venues for My Great Gatsby-Themed Party?

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