Friday, September 10, 2010

With Summer BBQ's winding down, try a new kind of party.... Roaring 1920's Style!

As summer faces into fall, the backyard BBQ's come to a close. But just because the grill is hibernating, doesn't mean you have to! Try hosting a 1920's themed party to jazz up your nights!

Roaring Refreshments
Bee's Knees
6 Tbsp Gin
1 Tsp Honey
1 Tsp Lemon Juice

Add with ice to a shaker, then strain into a glass!

Mint Julep
1/4 oz Water
3 Mint Leaves.
1 Tsp Sugar
3 oz Bourbon

Mix these 3 gently and pour into a cocktail glass with crushed ice. Add 2 sprigs of mint to garnish.

Elderflower Collins
1.5 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
1 oz Gin
1/2 oz Lemon Juice

Shake these 3 ingredients and pour into an ice filled glass. Top it with a splash of soda and garnish with a lemon wedge.

Setting the Mood - Music Playlist
A Tisket, A Tasket- Ella Fitzgerald
Dead Man Rolls- Jelly Roll Morton
My Man- Billie Holiday
Now's The Time- Charlie Parker
Hello Dolly- Louis Armstrong
Summertime- Sarah Vaughan
Let's Get Lost- Chet Baker
Tuxedo Junction- Glenn Miller
Ain't Misbehavin'- Fats Waller
Takin' the "A" Train - Duke Ellington

Elegant Ensembles
Now, with such a lovely list of music and drinks, you and your guests must certainly look the part. Here are some photos to get your fringed and feathered selves inspired!

Hair accessories are essential..... Check out this head pieces made of red netting, feathers, and beads (above)! Also, the ladies on the right have on their cloche hats and headbands.
For exciting hair options, check out and search for "feather hair piece" and you'll
see oodles of options

Check out these beaus (left) as they serve cocktails amongst a croquet playing crowd! With vests, ties, umbrellas, hats, feather, canes, and fringe gallore, this group was set to inspire!

To host your own Roaring 1920's Party, keep in mind that's it's all about the attitude. Be thankful that Prohibition ended decades ago and look for fun ways to dress up both your home and yourself!

Eat, Drink, and Dance the night away to some Jazz Age inspired ideas!

Happy Hosting,


Photos: Aug 29, 2010 at Governor's Island, NY for the annual Jazz Age Lawn Party