The days of P.G. Wodehouse and Nancy Mitford were already a century ago, and it is hard to imagine that the Roaring Twenties were 100 years ago. The mind immediately jumps to the iconic Jeeves’s stories, brought to the screen through Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry’s portrayal of the vibrant, party-loving, and sociable 1920s. Wouldn’t it be nice if life could be just as carefree and exciting as it once was?
The truth is that, while we may not have a valet to look after our homes or a set of pearls to wear extravagantly around our neck, there is nothing that stops us from reviving the spirit of the 1920s at home. The days of the great partying are soon to come again. So what would make you a perfect 20s host? Let’s check it out.
A lovely partying space
Ultimately, while the 1960 and 1970s were minimalist when it came to indoor parties, the Roaring Twenties loved a good maximalist setting. And that includes plenty of space for your guests to roam freely at home. So, if you’ve been considering a home extension design for the lounge, it’s worth checking whether you can add a sound system to your extension. After all, you don’t want guests to miss out on the party!
Another essential addition to your decor is the seating option. Nobody wants to be stuck in a single room because there are no seats available anywhere else. A cosy armchair by your bookshelf and a few chairs in the hallway can help spread the party throughout your home.
Drinks because the 1920s laughed in the face of prohibition
Nobody drank as much in human history as when countries specifically introduced prohibition and restriction regulation. Call it human nature, but as soon as you tell people not to do something, they will make sure to do it. Twice if they must. So, to be faithful to the 1920s spirit, you want to keep a well-supplied bar cart at home. You may want to spend some time studying mixology so that you can get the right essentials for your preferred cocktails. For a feel of the Roaring Twenties, you could even learn the recipes of cocktails created during that time. For instance, the aptly-named Hanky Panky is a variation of the Negroni and includes gin, sweet vermouth, and a dry Fernet Branca.
Music and games to set the mood
Games were popular in the 1920s. Some of the most famous board games today were created in the 1920s, such as Monopoly, Scrabble, and Chutes and Ladders. So, it’s fair to say that people knew how to have fun. While you may not want to have a game of Monopoly — it’s one of the most conflict-generating games! —, there are many other options to keep people entertained. For large parties, you may want to try a game of werewolf or mafia, which is a social game for a team of 6 or more players. You can even add a playlist with some of the top 2020s songs, ranging from BTS to Eurovision favourites.
Can we bring back the spirit of the Roaring 20s? The answer is yes. Get your party gat on, and stage your Roaring Twenties revival. From sophisticated cocktails to fun games, there are plenty of fun options to lift the mood!