We believe that all milestones should be celebrated, no matter how old you may think you are! Turning 50 is all about entering a more mature phase of your life, but it’s also a really fun and social age. You might have seen the reality star Kris Jenner celebrate her 60th birthday with a a huge Gatsby themed party, but who says you can’t throw an extravagant party with a smaller budget? We have sourced all the best caterers, event planners, bakers, costumes and props in the event industry that can make your 50th birthday a reality, without breaking the bank. It’s time to throw the most swinging 50 Shades of Gatsby themed birthday, proving to all your friends and family that you’re 50 and Fabulous!
Depending on how many people are on her guest list, sorting out your location should be planned in advance. Hiring out a venue might be your best bet if you have a lot people coming to your birthday, and this will save you time and money hunting for event hire. Venues usually offer other services too, such as catering, decorations and entertainment, just like Crowne Plaza in Terrigal. They have 13 versatile indoor and outdoor venues to choose from, so you’re sure to find the perfect space for your event. We think their Grand Ballroom would be perfect for larger scale events.
For smaller parties, you might still be able to squeeze everyone into your home or backyard. In this case, utilise the space to your advantage! Make a plan beforehand of where everything will be set, such as food tables, drink areas, the photo booth, dancing area, and a place for your guests to take a break to sit and chat. You probably don’t have a spare 20 chairs laying about so your best bet is to get in contact with a company that does party hire. We have seen some great supplies from Surfcoast Party Hire, based in Geelong and the Surfcoast. What we love are their unique items, like marquees and portable dance floors, perfect to use at a Gatsby themed party.
50 Shades of Gatsby Decorations
Now that you have the location sorted, it’s time to start decking out the place in black, white, silver and gold! This is the perfect occasion to go all out with decorations. Balloons are a simple decoration that make huge impacts at events. Balloons aren’t what they used to be, now ranging from huge statement balloons, to beautiful balloon clusters or filled with confetti. No more hours needed spent blowing endless amounts of balloons yourself! These don’t fall short at Bubble Moo Balloons, based in Sydney.
Flowers are the perfect addition if you are feeling like treating yourself. Whether it be flowers scattered around in vases or a statement piece, Florabomb have all of the knowledge to create amazing Gatsby themed arrangements. They are based in Sydney, but service The Southern Highlands, Blue Mountains, Newcastle and The Hunter Regions, Wollongong, Illawarra and the South Coast.
If you want to create some signage in the theme of your party, leave it up to designer, typographers and illustrators to create a clean and professional look. Jo Signs by Design in Sydney specialise in large format design and digital printing, meaning they can create feature pieces to wow your guests when they enter the venue.
Here are some more images to use for inspiration!
Food & Drinks
Food can be the most exciting part about a party (aside from the costumes) so it’s time to create a menu inspired by The Great Gatsby! We’re thinking canapés like fancy meatballs, small servings of potato wedges, mini fritters and quiches, and prawn cocktails and oysters, just to name a few.
Having a selection of finger food for your guests will keep them rolling all night, but if you want to make this night all about food then you might want to get in contact with a caterer to discuss what food would best suit your type of party. We recommend Decadent Catering out of Sydney because they provide a fully flexible menu which can be tailored to any taste or theme. Not to mention their willingness to make plans revolving around your budget!
And what about the drinks! It’s your 50th, so it’s time to celebrate with a few drinks! Cocktails and champaign first come to mind when we think of Gatsby, so keep them flowing all night. If you want to supply all the drinks, buying in bulk may be a more budget friendly option. Asking guests to BYO their own alcohol will also help cut costs. In saying this, Gatsby did go all out with impressing his guests, so hiring a bartending service would take your party to the next level. Hayati’s Mobile Bartending will come to your home or hired venue, bringing with them their expertise in creating artistic cocktails, mixing and serving drinks, creating an amazing atmosphere to any event.
Serve your food and drinks on themed tableware, making it easier to clean up at the end of the night. Favor Lane have a whole section dedicated to Gatsby Glam, including these small and dinner Simply Timeless Paper Plates.
Everybody loves a good birthday cake, and you deserve one, being your 50th! Cakes are getting more scrumptious, and it’s amazing to see what bakers can create these days. Feast your eyes on this one by Lushcups from Sydney. They deliver all over Sydney and specialise in designer cakes and cupcakes.
If you are based in Victoria, you don’t have to miss out on the perfect cake. LaManna Patisserie bake one-of-a-kind cakes for all occasions, just let them know your theme and vision and you will be so impressed with the end result.
Here are some cakes we have found that could spark some ideas for your cake.
Printed memories will never go out of date. That’s why we love photo booths! Photo booth packages include a lot of value for your money and are a hit at all events!
Hollywood Photo Booths will take care of you, delivering the booth (within Sydney, Central Coast, Wollongong and Hunter Valley) and setting everything up, ready for you and your guests to snap away. The best part about photo booths is being able to print the photos for you and your friends, perfect to keep as a memorabilia.
If you don’t have the space for a photo booth, you could try a more simple DIY version. By setting up a photo backdrop you can still have a lot of fun You can read up on different photo booths that can be created in your own home here.
Add some some black, gold, or silver tassels on a wall and set up the self timer on your camera. DD Brand have so many beautiful tassels and garlands to get you started, or alternatively that have this DIY Fringed Backdrop Kit for $67.50.
Another option to capture the memories is to hire a photographer for a few hours. Loco Photography have a lot of experience, and know exactly what moments (and angeles) should be photographed.
A swingin’ Gatsby party needs swingin’ music! Music from the 20’s are hard to get a hold of, but luckily their are DJ’s that have access to hundreds of songs from all decades! Detention Deejays have music for all ages, and can pick from their various genres depending on the occasion. Ask them to pick music that is going to get everyone up onto the dance floor! They can also supply additional lighting, along with all of the sound equipment.
If you find yourself reading through this guide with some anxiety or uncertainty, luckily there are people out there that organise and plan parties for you! Event planners have access to so many contacts and resources, meaning you won’t even have to lift a finger. If you are in the Perth region check out D.Y.o Events. They are known for their well-thought and designed concepts for all events and would love to work on a Gatsby themed party!
For Sydney-siders, get in contact with Sparklebox. Their hand picked team love to create events that inspire and excite you and your guests, leaving a lasting impression and fond memories. Hiring an event planner will take all of the stress away, and knowing that you can trust them will make this your best birthday yet!
Now that all of the big details have been planned, it’s time to get down to the best parts! You can’t host a Gatsby themed party without going all out on the costume! There are so many different colours and styles within that era, so you and your guests will have a lot to choose from. We always look through Costume Box for a great costume selection. They have a category dedicated to the 1920’s, with different price ranges to suit your budget. If you are looking for something simple and affordable, this Black Flapper costume for $32.99 will tick all the boxes. Team the dress up with the right accessories and you will look the part.
If you are feeling a little fancy, this Golden Showgirl for costume $81.99 is gorgeous! Your guests will be dazzled, especially when you get up and dance.
If you need some more inspiration, watch Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby to give you some glamorous ideas! We hope our extensive party guide will wash away some of your worry, just remember to enjoy the night, sip on some champaign and spend the night laughing with your friends. We would love to hear your tips and see your photo’s from your Great Gatsby themed party!