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1920S CHRISTMAS PARTIES

Written by Emily Falconer on 6th October 2015

1920s Christmas parties at 4 Hamilton Place

Why not buck the trend and go for a 1920s theme this Christmas for your office party? It would mean fabulous music, stunning costumes, delicious food and a sophisticated night out for your colleagues – a perfect fit with our stunning venue, No.4 Hamilton Place.

Setting the scene

The Roaring Twenties were all about decadence, which makes it an inspired choice for a party theme. Post-war Britain and America embraced peace with gusto and despite prohibition in The States, both nations enjoyed a decade of glamorous parties. Speakeasies, gangsters and jazz give this colourful era a distinct and alluring style that lends itself perfectly to a sophisticated themed party. Read on for some inspired ideas for the details…

1920s theme room

1920s theme room

Décor

Due to the abolition of alcohol in America, drinking became an underground activity. Up popped 100s of illegal bars called speakeasies which, by virtue of their secret status, were often dark, smoky places. To transform your party space effectively, use electric tea lights, candelabras and chandeliers (no naked flames allowed in the venue) for sultry lighting and strings of pearls and huge white feathers for table decorations. Without the restrictions of prohibition, the London party scene was as lively as its American counterpart, but louder and brighter! Think Art Deco for your place cards and furniture. You could even hire pictures and mirrors to hang in the room for an authentic feel. The Bill Boeing room at No.4 Hamilton Place is the perfect blank canvas for any themed event. Take a look at our Pinterest board for more 1920s inspiration.

Food

A typical 1920s menu would include deviled eggs, shrimp cocktail, cheese and olive or seafood platters, spiced ham, roasted nuts, salmon mousse, Waldorf salad, even turkey fingerbreads for the traditionalists amongst you… the list is endless, and delicious. Our in-house catering company, foodbydish, is more than happy to work with clients to theme the food for your event, please feel free to get in touch early on in your planning so we can help with ideas.

Seafood platter

Seafood platter

Drinks

Champagne was the staple drink at a 1920s party, so make sure the bubbles flow. Elaborate cocktails were also served, so this is an area you can really have fun with. Gin Rickeys (a la The Great Gatsby) are made from gin, lime and soda. Mint juleps, also mentioned in the classic book, contain bourbon, lots of fresh mint, sugar syrup and crushed ice. Champagne cocktails are a great way to make the fizz stretch a little further, try mixing with a dash of flavoured vodka (cherry, raspberry or even cranberry for a Christmas twist) and splash of fruit juice or puree and garnish with a piece of matching fruit. It’s a nice touch to serve your drinks in martini glasses as was all the fashion back in the 20s.

Music and entertainment

Live jazz gives any event a cool vibe and will bring your space to life. In keeping with this idea, hiring a couple of professional dancers will provide entertainment for your guests and show them a few choice moves for when it’s time to take to the dancefloor themselves. The Gatsby Girls have performed at No.4 Hamilton Place before and are fabulous in helping get people on the dancefloor. The high ceilings in our Argyll Room will help add a true sense of occasion to the music and dancing at your Christmas party and the huge bay windows are the perfect spot for a fully adorned Christmas tree.

Gatsby Girls

Gatsby Girls

Extra touches

Have a hidden entrance and secret password for speak easy authenticity

Project silent films on the walls of your space

Place some roulette or poker tables around the room as illegal gambling was rife during prohibition

Christmas at No.4 Hamilton Place

Our Christmas packages start at just £109+VAT per person and includes venue hire for the Argyll suite, a three-course meal, unlimited house wine and soft drinks, DJ and disco, staffed cloakroom, event manager and some Christmas novelties thrown in. For an additional fee we are more than happy to help you theme a bespoke party – whatever styling you choose. Give us a call to discuss dates and ideas on 020 7670 4314 or email.

Christmas tree

Christmas tree