Host a Flapper Themed Birthday with a Jazz Age Lawn Picnic Vibe!

Flapper Themed Birthday Costume Party for Summer

Summertime means garden parties! But for an outdoor birthday celebration, why go with a ho-hum motif when you can throw a really fun bash for the whole family with a Jazz Age lawn picnic vibe? Imagine all the retro decor touches, vintage flapper attire and accessories, throwback lawn games, and of course the iconic music that defined the 1920s era. This is sure to be one memorable way to mark a birthday in a sunny garden venue! (*this post contains affiliate links)

1920s Garden Party Decor, Food, and Drinks

From tablescape styling to garden party menu ideas, take inspiration here for creating that classic 1920s air for your summer celebration.

Flapper Themed Birthday Costume Party for Summer for Food and Decor.

To create that vintage garden party look, start with light and airy tablescapes set in summery neutral tones (1). Contrast dainty lace runners and doily place mats with a rustic burlap underlay. For centerpieces, assemble groupings of glass vases filled with fresh garden blooms, and add lace-pattern place cards and bird figurines. Then, on each place setting, have a vintage pomander favor bag waiting to welcome each guest!

A perfect match would be a ruffled birthday cake (2) displayed on a doily-lined glass cake stand. Add sweet floral accents and miniature bunting on the cake, plus a unique backdrop of hanging lace-covered hoops. And to set the 1920s Jazz Age mood, have a decorative garden flag (3 – via Amazon) to keep right in step with the jazz tunes you’ll have playing in the background.

For garden party fare from that era, serve shrimp cocktails, oysters (4), and Reuben sandwiches. Complemented by 1920s desserts such as pretty pastries (5), gelatin molds, fruit cocktail cups, icebox cakes, and your choice of old-fashioned pineapple, apple, pecan, peach, and berry pies.

And for drinks? Serve rosé champagne (6), lemonade for the kids, and popular 1920s cocktails (supposedly the time of Prohibition) such as mojitos, mint juleps, and South Side Fizz.

Flapper Era Attire for Grownups and Kids

With a theme like this, you must ask guests to go along with the “roaring ‘20s” attire of that time. You’ll all have a blast dressing up in outfits like these—for ladies, gents, and little ones.

Flapper Themed Birthday Costume Ideas

1 - Stylish Casual Tweed Jersey Blazer Jacket - via Amazon

2 – Rachel Zoe Metallic Fringe Sheath Dress – via Macy’s

3 - Little Flapper Costume (with matching feather headband) - via Amazon

4 – Tweed Vest with Matching Cap and Bow Tie – via Amazon

1920s Lawn Party Games, Activities, and Music

Keep up the period ambiance all the way to party activities a la 1920s lawn picnic, plus a “flapper fun” photo corner and jazz tunes to swing, sway, and strut to!

Flapper Themed Birthday Party Activities for Summer

1 – GoSports Premium Croquet Set – via Amazon

2 – Vintage Wooden Badminton Set – via Amazon

3 – Big Dot of Happiness Roaring 20′s Art Deco Jazz Photo Booth Props Kit (20 Count) – via Amazon

4 – Perfect Jazz: The Best Jazz From the 1920s, 30s, 40s – via Amazon

Kick up those heels, then, and start planning this 1920s inspired garden birthday party to remember!

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