A ‘Roaring Good Time’ in the 1920’s at #ProhibitionRHG

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My 1920’s getup for the night. It’s all about the finger waves!

Last week, I attended a Roaring 20’s themed party at Prohibition Bar in Rosewood Hotel Georgia on behalf of Modern Mix Vancouver. I hadn’t been to Prohibition before, so it was nice to get to check out the dapper bar which is attached to the Rosewood Hotel Georgia. Just one step into the entrance of the bar and I could tell it was the perfect atmosphere for a 1920’s party. Ornate decor, dimmed lighting, velvet drapes, and live entertainment helped to set the mood and made guests feel like they’d traveled back in time to a 1920’s bar.

To introduce Prohibition’s new seasonal offerings, the event (#ProhibitionRHG) featured cocktails like the ‘Quince Cobbler’ and ‘Hotel Georgia’, which were created as part of the “Cocktails by Mood” menu, just in time for autumn. A full list can be found on the Prohibition Bar website.

When they weren’t sipping cocktails or drinking wine or beer, guests could be found on the dance floor, or at the photo station, which was unlike any other. Equipped with a variety of 1920’s themed props, guests took a photo standing in front of a green screen, and afterwards on the computer, the background of the photo was changed to the Prohibition bar for the printout. Everything about it was brilliant and I wish I had taken more photos!

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Seasonal drinks offered at Prohibition Bar
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Like a bar straight out of the Prohibition in the 1920’s.

Like any other themed party, this Roaring 20’s one was even more fun because so many people got into the spirit of dressing up. An impressive 85%-90% of guests were decked out in their best Gatsby-inspired outfits, including glamorous flapper girls and dapper guys that looked like they were from Downton Abbey. Everyone was dressed to the nine’s, which made the Prohibition RHG party quite the swanky affair. Leading up to the event, James and I prepared what we were going to wear, and what exactly we needed, so it wasn’t a last minute effort.

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Dressed up guests having a Roaring good time!
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One of the most fun photo booth experiences I’ve ever had!

In case anyone else has a 1920’s or Great Gatsby party to attend, or wants to throw one and is unsure of what to wear, I thought I’d share my outfit details for the night.

Dress

I was lucky enough to already have this dress I’d previously bought from Forever 21 ($25-$30CAD), so I didn’t have to buy one. It was tighter than I would’ve liked for my 1920’s look, but it was full of sequins, so I decided to go ahead with it.

Accessories + shoes

I bought the majority of my accessories for this outfit from Value Village – they had tons of 1920’s gear and accessories. The rest of the stuff I already had, or I borrowed from Mum.

  • Headband (Value Village, $5CAD) 
  • Gloves (Value Village, $6CAD)
  • Pearl necklace (Value Village, $4CAD)
  • Cigarette (Value Village, $2CAD)
  • Stay-up stockings with lace trim (H&M, $13CAD)
  • Basic black pumps (Spring Shoes, $50)
  • Sequined purse (Thanks Mum)

What I failed to buy was a black boa (because I thought I had one at home but I really didn’t. Oh well).

Hair

I think the hair-do is the most important element of the 1920’s look, so I wanted to get the hair right for this event. For the longest time, I wondered how I was ever going to do proper finger curls/waves in my hair because all the videos I’d seen online made it seem like the hairstyle was the most difficult and time consuming thing to pull off. Fortunately, I came across a step-by-step video on how to do finger waves with a curling iron. 1.5 hours later and ta-da, I had decent finger waves in my hair. The sectioning of the hair and curling each part isn’t as hard as it is to have to shape the smaller curls into one big finger curl/wave – you’ll need a lot of hairspray for it to stay in shape. After the finger waves were done one the front part of my hair, I curled the rest of it, tied it up at the back, and tucked it in to shorten the length of my hair.

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To wrap up the event, guests were given an old fashioned key as a gift. It was classic, sophisticated and stylish; the perfect giveaway to end the Prohibition RHG party. Plus, it doubles as a bottle opener, so it’s definitely something to remember Prohibition by!

Though it may not be your everyday hang out spot, Prohibition Bar is perfect for a romantic outing, post-work catch up session, or fancy night out with friends. It’d also be a great venue to book for a large group party. For more information about Prohibition Rosewood Hotel Georgia or to make a reservation, visit their website.

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A cute gift for guests who attended the Roaring 20’s party at #ProhibitionRHG
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Welcome to the Roaring 20’s darlin’
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Straight outta Shanghai Confidential haha!
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The very talented Emily Chambers providing guests with top notch live entertainment.
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Clearly very happy to be at the party.
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