Here are some affordable choices that were popular that decade:
If you are a master chef and/or want to treat your guests to an authentic fare from the times, you may want to consider this lavish menu from the time period.
Appetizers — Gravlax Canapés • Shrimp Canapés • Oysters on the Half Shell • Stuffed Mushroom Caps
Sides — Tomato Onion Panade • Smashed Red Potatoes • Broccoli and Cauliflower with Garlic and Oil • Rice Pilaf
Main — Beef Tenderloin with Marinated Walnut Sauce • Chicken Amandine • Rack of Lamb with Mustard Sauce • Magret of Duck with Fig and Port Sauce
Dessert — Vanilla Rice Pudding • Chocolate Mousse Truffle Cups • Create your own fruit salad
Another way to create the air of extravagance is to serve appetizers and desserts that give the appearance of elegance, but not the time consuming process of making it.
Drinks were often served in coffee mugs or tea cups so that if a raid were to ensue, it would be less conspicuous.
BATHTUB GIN — Instead of a cooler, use a bathtub to chill your drinks in.
With the advent of cheaply-made illegal alcohol during Prohibition, they quickly became popular, often to cover the taste of the inferior alcohol. Fashionable parties with fashionable drinks.
Not sure what to serve at your Juice Joint? Here’s where we found some great recipes for cocktails from that time period.
If alcohol isn’t on the menu, consider the popular beverages of the time:
An early type of jazz, in vogue from about 1895 to 1920, usually written out rather than improvised. Most ragtime was playedon the piano. Scott Joplin was the most famous composer of ragtime.
The jazz decade saw the emergence of many of the great figures who defined the music for the world. Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, Earl Hines, Bix Beiderbecke, Fats Waller, Jack Teagarden, Fletcher Henderson – these giants set the standards for blues singing, big band arrangements, and solo improvisation that are the foundations for jazz.
DO THE CHARLESTON
Originated in the early 20’s in illegal drinking places during the time of prohibition. The combination of a particular type of jazz music and the highly polished, slippery floors of the Speakeasies gave rise to an in and out flicking of the feet which essentially characterized the dance.
A form of jazz music that developed during the 1920s. Swing is distinguished by a strong rhythm section, medium to fast tempo, and the distinctive swing time rhythm that is common to many forms of jazz.
FOR FREE MUSIC
Try your local library for a number of compilations from the time.