Periodical Themes

40s Hollywood Party Theme


Travel back in time to the good old days of Hollywood with a '40s Hollywood theme party. First, send out flashy invitations to your pals. Use gold plaques, make your own invites with calligraphy and photos of Hollywood stars, or buy Hollywood-themed invitations at a party store or online supplier. Encourage guests to come dressed as '40s Hollywood movie stars.

Set the stage for the 1940s Hollywood theme party with a red carpet, a marquee  or sign, and flashing lights. Display the name of a popular 1940s film and Hollywood stars that played in them. Hire a photographer or play paparazzi for the night and take shots of guests as they make their way into the Hollywood party.  Add glamour to your d├ęcor with red velvet curtains and table linens, candles, and cardboard cutouts of celebrities.  Set the Hollywood theme by displaying old movie posters on the walls, screening old movies on TVs and placing gold star cutouts on the ground and walls.

Guests can look as glamorous as the flashy Hollywood setting. Women should wear elegant beaded gowns with boas to compliment the men, who can wear tuxedos with tails. Research famous Hollywood actors in the 1940s and put together a costume. Don't be surprised to see a Humphrey Bogart or Joan Crawford look-alike.

Keep guests entertained with classic films such as "Casablanca" played on a projector or TV screen.  If possible, set up a screening room with chairs and provide movie popcorn and snacks. You can also re-enact classic scenes from movies and hand out Oscar trophys as party favors. Then play a '40s Hollywood trivia game or host a dance contest with moves from the era.  You can also hire swing dancers to entertain the crowd and teach them some moves.

After you've worked up a sweat on the dance floor, re-energize with food and drinks. Serve Sebastiani wine, martinis, or Champagne to cool off, or fill a crystal bowl with punch.  Dress the tables in white linens and place votive candles and a red rose in the center of each table for a glamorous dinner.
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