Thursday, October 20, 2011

Prohibition party 1920


You've got to love the British and their love for dress-up parties. Which in why in October we went to the 1920s Prohibition Party. This time it was held in a house close to King's Cross Station and I just wish I had written down the name. You always think you remember, and never do, right? That's me all right! Nevertheless - it was phenomenal.

We were late. But as we entered we were transported back into a time where guys wore suits and girls fancy dresses and headbands to party. A time when the dress was not tight, or short, but oh-so-sexy, and people did not dance in circles but in couples, with actual dance moves. Had it been allowed to smoke inside we would have believed that we were in 1920. Everyone had made a huge effort and I felt an itch of regret for times we live in now as people looked amazingly better in 1920s clothing.

The location was chosen wisely as the main party room was a large exquisite hall with parquet floors, a stage and an overall ballroom feel. There was a roulette table at one side of the hall, which looked like fun but was unfortunately not so well organised as you never got a chance to use your "make-believe" gambling cash due to too many people around the table. On the other side, at the bar, there were drinks served out of tea cups and with names you would not know what you are ordering. The better the surprise when they turned out to be delicious. The best part, however, was the entertainment - a live band, a burlesque show and professional dancers on the dance floor. I must admit, I did not read up on this party before going and therefore did not know about the professional dancers. I thought that some ballroom dancers had decided to come to the party to show off their skills. How petty of me! They were dancing in a way that made everyone want to go and take ballroom dance courses. In the end, I found out, that they were part of the planned entertainment...very well planned and very entertaining. Lovely to watch!

I recommend going early - maybe it was the location - but the party started dying down at around 1am. It was incredibly hot inside which might have something to do with it. Amazing music that got everyone on the dance floor did not help with the heat (and, admittedly, lack of ventilation). However, the parties are supposed to be held in a new location every time so do not let this comment hold you back! It is good fun and definitely worth trying. Make an effort dressing up - from the shoes to to the hair, it's got to be perfect. Everyone else is!

For the next location and time of party check this out: Website .

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