Celebrate the long-awaited, big-screen release of the coveted classic, “The Great Gatsby” with your own extravagant Lawn Party. The soirees in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic novel are parties of legend, but we’re providing you with a fool-proof plan to throw a Lawn Party on-par with the infamous Jay Gatsby. Let the good times ROAR!
The Roaring Twenties definitely had fabulous fashion. Putting together the look yourself can be a lot simpler than you think. Remember the three F’s: Feathers, Fringe and Fancy, and you’ll be dressed for jazz-era success. Art Deco was an important visual reference in the Gatsby era, so anything with architectural charm and structure is a plus. Prints, geometric prints specifically, were also an important part of this style period. To make it work, make your graphic-motif dress the focal point to your ensemble while keeping your accessories simple.
If you’re up for some Lawn Party wardrobe shopping, check out Brooks Brother’s “The Gatsby Collection,” for all of your dashing 1920s-style needs.
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Décor and Ambiance
Having games like croquet, horseshoes and bocce ball set up on the lawn will provide your guests with a true Lawn Party atmosphere. Paper lanterns will also lend a festive touch to your party. For a DIY lighting project, fill the bottom of glass jars with sand, then place a tea light inside and wrap wire around the top of the jars to hang them around the lawn.
A live jazz band would be the bee’s knees for any Gatsby-style Lawn Party, but if that’s not in the budget, don’t fret. Pop music critic Jim Harrington crafted an indie alternative playlist with modern flare that Jay Gatsby would have “cued” up had he lived now. Find the full playlist here. These tunes will have your guests dancing their best versions of the Shimmy, Charleston and Foxtrot.
Light appetizers and finger sandwiches are the way to go for a 1920s menu. Hors d’oeuvres like stuffed mushrooms and devilled eggs are especially fitting for a 1920s fete with a glamorous air.
For cocktails, serve gin or other mixed drinks, remembering to set a Prohibition tone. For a signature cocktail, look no further than the Mint Julep, as enjoyed by Daisy, Tom, Gatsby and all in the novel. The sweet and potent drink is impressive yet easy to make, even for cocktail beginners. Find an easy-to-follow recipe here. Champagne is also always a good choice.