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Oh, come on– you know we had to! As obsessed as we are with the book (and film) The Great Gatsby, we thought it only right to theme a May dinner party after this great American novel (minus the car crashes, affairs, and crushed dreams, of course).
While we can’t all throw parties as grand as Gatsby, we can throw a fabulous soiree of our own this summer– taking cues from Gatsby’s “roaring twenties” style. First things first– you need to have an inner and outer party space. If you can, snag some cheap, but beautiful, sheer curtains to drape your interior space with (a la Daisy Buchanan’s house); place cozy and comfy furniture (all the couches and armchairs you have) to allow your guests to lounge luxuriously. Dinner should be at a long table filled with candles and your glitziest tablewear– spray paint cheap silverwear gold for some extra flair!
Outside, hang white or colored string lights around your yard– EVERYWHERE. We don’t all have a pool, but if you do, make use of it! Play jazz standards (or Jay-Z, if you want to emulate the Baz Luhrmann Gatsby), dress in your best modern-day-flapper dress (something embellished and knee-length– and don’t forget a fabulous headpiece!) and ask your man to don a linen suit (or just something swanky). Grab a bunch of sparklers for the end of the night– a low-key version of Gatsby’s firework sendoffs.
Pass “tea cakes” (elaborately sprinkled or decorated cake pops could be a fun, modern version!) and dainty nibbles; delicious roast chicken must be your main course (yes, I’m grabbing at any reference to food I can find in the book). Oh– and mint juleps. Always!
Cocktail | Mint Julep
Canape | Deviled eggs
Canape | Goat cheese crostini with blood orange and black pepper marmalade (ps. see more passed canape recipes here!)
Main | Buttermilk roast chicken
Side | Waldorf salad
Side | Peas and carrots
Dessert | Cake pops