Great Gatsby Roaring Twenties Inspired Event

 The Great Gatsby and the Roaring Twenties inspired this intimate holiday party. It celebrated the essence of fabulous foods, culture, style, and design. Roaring Twenties is a phrase used to describe the decade of the 1920s, often characterized as a period of American prosperity and optimism. Art Deco was the style of design and architecture, which originated in Europe and spread to the rest of western Europe and North America towards the mid-1920s.   This style along with the fashion influence of doing away with the corset and donning slinky knee-length dresses that exposed their legs and arms became extremely popular.  Fast forward to present day and our society can not get enough of the Great Gatsby Roaring Twenties event inspiration.  And, in truth, neither can we.  It is up to so much  fun interpretation and freedom of expression.

For this intimate 5-course wine pairing dinner party hosted at a private home, we started the night off with a red carpet entrance complete with a security guard dressed in a traditional double-breasted suit and tommy gun.  Guests had to give a password to enter into this speakeasy.   Upon entry, men were given red carnation boutonnieres while the ladies were adorned with long pearl necklaces.  The casino was open and epic sounds of strings and DJ spinning tunes filled the air.  Bathtub gin served in etched champagne flutes and old fashion martinis served in classic black martini glasses quenched the guests thirst.  The passed hors d’oeuvres of choice were none other than classic oysters Rockefeller, gougère filled with triple-cream brie, and deviled quail eggs.

For a little speakeasy fun, Keystone Cops raided the place and transitioned the guest from the cocktail hour to the dinner reception. Of course, they were “paid off” and dinner resumed.  This seated dinner with wine pairing is something we still dream about.  The food was not only outstanding, but a collection of vessels and plates allowed for some great culinary presentation.   First course was the French Wild Mushroom Bisque Under a Puff Pastry Dome paired with Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc, 2012, followed by Lobster Cocktail with Hearts of Palm, Avocado, & Belgian Endive in Sauce Aurore, topped with American Caviar  paired with William Fevre Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses, 2007.  The entree was  delicious Seared Long Island Duck a l’Orange and Angus Tenderloin Beef Tournedo with Black Truffle Haricots Verts & Potatoes Anna paired with Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape, 2003.  The cheese course included Pierre Robert, Petite Basque, Sottocenere with Honeycomb, Fig Chutney & Toast Points paired with Etude Cabernet Sauvignon, 2004.   To finish this adventure, guests enjoyed miniature Baked Alaska with Almond Cake, Chocolate Sorbet, Caramel Ice Cream & Italian Meringue paired with Ch. Guiraud Sauternes, 2005.  Ahhhhh…but, there should be an encore! The Café Brûlot station and assorted French pastries were pure enjoyment!

But, lets not forget about the table design.  Family-style tables showcased the elegance of clean lines with black and white striped linens with silver accents. Add a splash of red and you have yourself some holiday spirit.  And, oh my, we are just in love with the silverware selected…new to the Houston market and we think the art deco design was made for this event.   The menu card and macaroon party favor graced the black and white damask napkins as if there was a little present waiting for the guests. The tall white chandeliers featured snowballs and feather plumes.  Completely perfect.  And, anytime we can break out the black votive holders for our candles, we do.

And, as if this was not enough, the guests got into the spirit and dressed up for the occasion without even being asked.  Now that is good invitation branding.

Cheers to this fabulous Great Gatsby Roaring Twenties Inspired Event.  I have a feeling you will be seeing a few more events with this style in mind.

kat creech events:  design + planning + stationary |  steve lee:  photography  |  culinaire:  epic catering  |  swift + co:  rentals  |  a finer event:  rentals  |  eb inc:  linens + chairs  |  david brown: floral   |     FROWbiz:  actors  |  divisi strings:  cocktail and dinner music

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