gangster party

A gang­ster par­ty in the style of Chica­go and the mafia can be chic enter­tain­ment. It is nec­es­sary to pre­pare a the­mat­ic sce­nario for birth­days and hol­i­days, tak­ing into account all the details and nuances. Every­thing here is unusu­al: invi­ta­tions and con­tests, quests and pho­to zones, even images in which hosts and guests will shine.


No mat­ter how much they say about the attrac­tive­ness of cut­ting-edge achieve­ments, the crav­ing of many peo­ple for retro is inerad­i­ca­ble. A great way to have a roman­tic time is a Chica­go-themed gang­ster par­ty or oth­er­wise. In real­i­ty, dur­ing the hey­day of the mafia, the largest city on the Great Lakes had a com­plete­ly unusu­al atmos­phere — and it is pre­cise­ly this that attracts even sophis­ti­cat­ed mod­ern peo­ple so much.

It is worth not­ing that along with chic and gloss, the Great Depres­sion also raged at the same time, leav­ing an indeli­ble mark on the entire era.

Entourage for “almost real gang­sters” is unde­ni­ably sig­nif­i­cant. But to pay any sig­nif­i­cant atten­tion to nutri­tion is not too rea­son­able. After all, real mafiosi re in dan­ger all the time, and every­thing else fad­ed into the back­ground for them. In many cas­es, short par­ties do with­out food at all, or the mat­ter is lim­it­ed to light snacks. If, nev­er­the­less, it is decid­ed to throw a feast for the whole world, then you need to take care of the dish­es and table­cloths in an authen­tic way.

Rec­om­mend­ed dish­es:

  • rolls shaped like bul­lets;
  • blood-red dish­es;
  • cheeses;
  • sausage cir­cles;
  • slic­ing bread with basil;
  • seafood;
  • veg­eta­bles;
  • French fries;
  • spaghet­ti;
  • steak;
  • assort­ed sal­ads.

Of course, jazz should be played dur­ing the meal.

How to furnish a room?

It is rec­om­mend­ed to dec­o­rate the room as accu­rate­ly as pos­si­ble with­in the frame­work of the style. The use of mas­sive dark fur­ni­ture is encour­aged. It is very good if it is com­ple­ment­ed by round tables. But if you just make your own house with your own hands, it makes no sense to strive for com­plete authen­tic­i­ty.

Even if there are all pos­si­bil­i­ties, it is fool­ish to replace fur­ni­ture with old-fash­ioned options.

An excel­lent solu­tion could be:

  • a com­bi­na­tion of black with red and white with brown;
  • the use of thick cur­tains;
  • bar coun­ters;
  • retro items;
  • want­ed posters;
  • per­ma­nent twi­light;
  • ros­es, chrysan­the­mums and hydrangeas in vas­es;
  • ran­dom­ly select­ed dec­o­ra­tions — red and white bal­loons, gar­lands;
  • bil­liard tables;
  • play­ing cards.

The pho­to zone plays an impor­tant role, so it needs to be prop­er­ly equipped. In addi­tion to the main decor, there should be:

  • lin­ear scale (as the pho­tog­ra­phers them­selves call prison height meters);
  • back­ground posters “Want­ed” with slits for the face;
  • Chica­go panora­mas;
  • gang­ster cars cut out of pack­ing card­board;
  • apon mod­els;
  • fig­ures of famous mafiosi.

The atmos­phere of lux­u­ry is per­fect­ly cre­at­ed by heavy, dense tex­tiles. In addi­tion to cur­tains, this also applies to table­cloths and draperies. As an “antique” use:

  • old phones;
  • fig­urines;
  • gramo­phones and gramo­phones;
  • gramo­phone records;
  • mar­ble ash­trays.

The light should be soft, but it must be abun­dant. In order to dis­guise solu­tions that do not fit into the envi­ron­ment, it is nec­es­sary to cov­er such lamps with lamp­shades or translu­cent screens. Plas­ma and liq­uid crys­tal screens of tech­nol­o­gy are also placed behind screens, behind paint­ings. But you can play them dif­fer­ent­ly. For exam­ple, by includ­ing an old gang­ster movie or news­reel; and even more orig­i­nal — put a sign or card­board like “exper­i­men­tal devel­op­ment”.

To dec­o­rate rooms, you can use:

  • apons, car­tridges, grenades;
  • styl­is­ti­cal­ly appro­pri­ate paint­ings;
  • lay­outs and pho­tographs of retro cars;
  • his­tor­i­cal pho­tographs;
  • stands for pho­tog­ra­phy for mem­o­ry.

Ideas for inviting guests

And friends should also be invit­ed to such a par­ty in a spe­cial way.


A great option is not just to invite guests, but also imme­di­ate­ly bring them up to date. Such post­cards will have to be sent out a few eks before the hol­i­day — oth­er­wise no one will have time to prop­er­ly pre­pare. The text itself is com­posed authen­ti­cal­ly, with the men­tion of char­ac­ter­is­tic appeals and speech turns. The post­card should look emphat­i­cal­ly vin­tage. If there is a real typo­graph­i­cal prod­uct of the old times — great, but you can also use styl­iza­tion on aged paper, with spe­cial­ly select­ed fonts.

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The adven­tures of real gang­sters con­stant­ly aroused the atten­tion of reporters of all con­ceiv­able pub­li­ca­tions. It is not dif­fi­cult to pre­pare an imi­ta­tion of Chica­go news­pa­pers of the 1930s on any print­er or order print­outs in any print­ing house. Not nec­es­sar­i­ly, hov­er, it is Chica­go, if the press of oth­er cities writes about mafiosi, and even the Euro­pean one, then these are addi­tion­al “points of pres­tige and fame.” A black-and-white pho­to of the hosts or desired guests is print­ed on the cov­er, and the desired appeal is print­ed on the back or as an edi­to­r­i­al.


Such invi­ta­tions are no less icon­ic fea­ture of the era, which, hov­er, it shares with the peri­od of the Wild West. The text should con­tain allu­sions to the event. For exam­ple, “it is desir­able to deliv­er such and such (the name of the guest) to the vis­it­ing court ses­sion, which will take place then.” Sig­na­tures vary pure­ly at your dis­cre­tion. The nec­es­sary pic­ture can be pre­pared in any pho­to edi­tor.


Pos­si­ble options include:

  • old tele­graph forms;
  • envelopes with wax seal;
  • sil­hou­ette images;
  • dec­o­ra­tive ban­knotes.

How to create an image?

For each guest, as ll as the hosts, you should choose your own themed out­fit.

For women

The choice of dress­es, make­up and acces­sories for girls and women is not too com­pli­cat­ed, as is often thought. As a basis, you can take images from old films, from nov­els, and even from por­trait pho­tographs of real peo­ple. It is worth not­ing that in fact there was not much dif­fer­ence beten the “faith­ful com­pan­ions of ban­dits” and jazz music per­form­ers, actress­es and dancers, even the own­ers of pop­u­lar estab­lish­ments in style and behav­ior. Only the own­ers of sol­id mon­ey and movie stars look much more lux­u­ri­ous.

One way or anoth­er, expres­sive glam­or should be traced in any image.

A good option would be:

  • rec­tan­gu­lar dress­es;
  • tight sil­hou­ettes;
  • clothes made of satin, silk and oth­er emphat­i­cal­ly expen­sive mate­ri­als cor­re­spond­ing to the era;
  • dark col­ors;
  • rich decor;
  • shoes with medi­um heels;
  • clutch­es;
  • grace­ful fans;
  • pearl or oth­er beads;
  • boa;
  • boas.

A tur­ban or rib­bon with sequins on the head will look quite authen­tic. You can not do with­out an exquis­ite hair­style that will take time. Only side part­ings are allod, oth­er­wise they are aban­doned. Even with a very short hair­cut, excel­lent styling is quite use­ful. Make-up should focus on the eyes and lips equal­ly, cre­ate the effect of “inter­est­ing pal­lor”, mini-style cloth­ing and sports wardrobe are obvi­ous­ly unac­cept­able.

For men

Repro­duc­ing the appear­ance of stereo­typ­i­cal charm­ing gang­sters of the 20s and 30s is very pleas­ant. It is these char­ac­ters who are ll-deserved favorites at all par­ties. Par­tic­u­lar atten­tion will have to be paid to hair­styles and cos­tumes. Restrained “twos” and “threes” fit quite ll into such an image. A hat is also the right choice, most impor­tant­ly — with a mod­er­ate­ly large brim.

Addi­tion­al touch­es to the image will be:

  • pol­ished pointy shoes;
  • ties in sooth­ing shades;
  • pock­et watch;
  • small canes;
  • ele­gant white gloves;
  • cig­a­rette cas­es (and cig­ars in them);
  • apon lay­outs.

Like women, men should refrain from sport­sar. Neck­er­chiefs are also unac­cept­able — this is an attribute of a com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent era. But besides the swash­buck­ling gang­ster, you can also play the role of “pathet­ic mas­ter of life.” The first third of the last cen­tu­ry in the Unit­ed States is also the era of influ­en­tial stock­bro­kers and ren­tiers.

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Lit­er­al­ly every part of their image evokes the impres­sion of respectabil­i­ty and empha­sized high cost.


  • no obvi­ous dis­play of pis­tols;
  • replac­ing the suit with a black tuxe­do;
  • rings with dia­monds;
  • stacks of mon­ey.

Where there are crim­i­nals and finan­cial aces, there are rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the press. The hunters for real and fried facts wore trousers and shirts in calm shades. Among them, ted jack­ets and vests re high­ly quot­ed. Caps re usu­al­ly worn side­ways. Addi­tion­al chic will be achieved if, along with an old-fash­ioned notepad and pen, the “reporters” will have cam­eras cor­re­spond­ing to the era.

Addi­tion­al­ly, you can appear in the image:

  • jazz per­former;
  • par­tic­i­pant in a police raid or an FBI raid;
  • cabaret dancer;
  • news­pa­per ped­dler;
  • execu­tor of small assign­ments of the mafia (dri­ver, couri­er, and so on).

Scripts for adults

The usu­al rules for a birth­day or anniver­sary par­ty in the style of the Sicil­ian mafia are as fol­lows:

  • guests come to a large hall or dance floor;
  • light music of the 1930s is played there;
  • cards and oth­er invi­ta­tions are checked at the entrance;
  • invi­tees, as need­ed, sort out the miss­ing props;
  • if desired, then play roulette;
  • the evening begins with the dis­tri­b­u­tion of secret mes­sages (those who solve the rid­dles receive prizes);
  • the pre­sen­ter is pre­sent­ed (intro­duc­to­ry part, intro­duc­tion);
  • dances and musi­cal and gas­tro­nom­ic breaks;
  • hold­ing var­i­ous com­pe­ti­tions and games with ele­ments of com­pe­ti­tion (you can think of dozens of them).

Legends for characters

It is not dif­fi­cult to think over spe­cial mis­sions for guests accord­ing to their roles in the “per­for­mance”. But it would be absurd if they had the most com­mon names for the evening. They need to be changed! In order not to invent their own once again for every­one, not to face griev­ances and con­flicts, every­thing is thought out in advance. Con­di­tion­al nick­names are writ­ten on pieces of paper and tak­en out of caps (or, more gang­ster­al­ly, from hats).

The eas­i­est way is to take the biogra­phies of the most famous mafia lead­ers as a basis:

  • Son­ny Vis­con­ti;
  • Joseph Mer­li­no;
  • Vin­cent Paler­ma;
  • John Got­ti;
  • Paul Simi­no;
  • Paul Castel­lano;
  • Lucky Luciano;
  • Nik­ki Coroz­zo.

You can start from the biogra­phies of less­er-known peo­ple, and from lit­er­ary, cin­e­mat­ic char­ac­ters, and even invent some­one on your own. The leg­end may look dif­fer­ent, but when invent­ing it, it is bet­ter to start not from mer­can­tile motives, but from:

  • to sep;
  • old enmi­ty;
  • rival­ry beten groups.

A good sto­ry­line nec­es­sar­i­ly includes char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of spe­cif­ic char­ac­ters and their goals. A very attrac­tive motive is “the need to deal with one per­son who is not per­son­al­ly known.” You can pre­pare more detailed leg­ends. The men­tion of var­i­ous chas­es and arrests, the num­ber of fights and shoot­ings dra­mat­i­cal­ly increas­es their plau­si­bil­i­ty.

But you don’t need too much detail!


The Secret Mis­sions pro­gram may include:

  • “expo­sure of an under­cov­er police agent”;
  • own under­cov­er task (eaves­drop on a con­ver­sa­tion, install a wire­tap, quar­rel with the mafiosi among them­selves;
  • incon­spic­u­ous stick­ing of tar­gets on the backs of par­tic­i­pants;
  • search for smug­gled rum or brandy (papers are glued to the bot­tom of the bot­tle);
  • imper­cep­ti­bly adding poi­son to the glass of the main don or an FBI agent stalk­ing the main don;
  • theft of neck­laces, neck­laces, doc­u­ments from the safe, which will not be imme­di­ate­ly detect­ed;
  • cov­er­ing up the traces of the crime.

Cou­ples can be hand­cuffed to each oth­er or tied with a rope. In this posi­tion, they must:

  • tie or untie a knot;
  • put on or take off a piece of cloth­ing;
  • com­pete in eat­ing or drink­ing for speed;
  • with free hands, find the keys in a box of sand;
  • pack or unpack box­es;
  • some­thing to write or draw;
  • water the plants and per­form oth­er not very con­ve­nient actions.
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Divid­ed into teams of 2 par­tic­i­pants, some­times they com­pete in hid­ing and search­ing for “trea­sures” or “loot­ed mon­ey” (usu­al­ly envelopes with cut paper are used as them). From time to time it is allod to change teams in places to make it more fun. Some of the pre­sen­ters are mod­i­fy­ing the rules, requir­ing that only one bill be placed in each shel­ter. Who­ev­er col­lects them all the fastest will be declared the win­ner. Some­times peo­ple also like to play pan­tomime (guess­ing words and names from ges­tures and facial expres­sions) — of course, the top­ic should be relat­ed to the crim­i­nal or police sphere.

Oth­er rec­om­mend­ed games include:

  • guess­ing the amount of mon­ey in a bag or bank (whose ver­sion is clos­er to the truth);
  • card guess­ing;
  • card tricks;
  • com­pe­ti­tions on knowl­edge of gang­ster top­ics, biogra­phies of famous mafiosi, in gen­er­al, life in the USA at that time.

A chic option is the ll-known game “Mafia”. The duel with­in its frame­work some­times drags on for long hours. Any­one who has played this at least once will def­i­nite­ly note a rare enthu­si­asm. If after the “Mafia” there are still forces for enter­tain­ment, it is worth try­ing to choose the best don (or the best secret agent of the spe­cial ser­vices in the ranks of crim­i­nals, or the most con­vinc­ing respectable char­ac­ter, or even all of them togeth­er). Joke auc­tions and card game com­pe­ti­tions are also good.


“Gang­sters” can be divid­ed into teams of an equal num­ber of par­tic­i­pants. Each team receives a let­ter from a mob­ster who has been killed. The group that quick­ly expos­es the guilty and names them wins. An entire sto­ry can be built around this. Crim­i­nals can also share promis­ing spheres of influ­ence in the crim­i­nal busi­ness. Gam­bling hous­es will be opened by those who quick­ly build a house of cards. Boot­leg­gers are rec­og­nized as those who man­aged to quick­ly pre­pare a cock­tail or rec­og­nize its taste, and arms deal­ers — those who won the shoot­ing.

The role-play­ing quest “Chica­go 20s” is based on the pro­to­type of the plot of the film of the same name. Thanks to the many lines, it is easy to try your­self in the role of a hard­ened crim­i­nal, and as a bystander try­ing to hide from the per­se­cu­tion of ban­dits. Even in the role of an alleged­ly respectable busi­ness­man, whose favor­able rep­u­ta­tion hides a lot of unseem­ly deeds. But since “Chica­go 20’s” can only be played by ful­ly immers­ing your­self in the rules and care­ful­ly focus­ing on them, you should abstain from alco­hol until the end of the game.

The amount of infor­ma­tion is very large, and you will have to focus on it com­plete­ly, think a lot.

Holiday ideas for kids

A pleas­ant chil­dren’s par­ty in a gang­ster vein still implies clothes with mafia attrib­ut­es. Cig­ars and alco­hol, of course, are only imi­tat­ed. lcome:

  • dec­o­ra­tive tat­toos;
  • unrav­el­ing the rid­dles of cards cut into pieces;
  • search on the ground (in the for­est, in the waste­land, in the park);
  • a shootout with water pis­tols in the mid­dle of the for­est;
  • marks­man­ship exer­cis­es.

Chil­dren’s invi­ta­tions are usu­al­ly issued on yel­lod paper. Be sure to use bright and juicy head­lines. They cer­tain­ly indi­cate, of course, where and when the cel­e­bra­tion will take place. It is pos­si­ble to increase the sat­u­ra­tion of the atmos­phere by rent­ing a retro car. This tech­nique is also use­ful for adult guests.

Gift options

A gang­ster par­ty is often held for birth­days, anniver­saries, or as part of cor­po­rate events. There­fore, pre­sen­ta­tions are indis­pens­able. You can donate:

  • cig­ar sets;
  • col­lec­tion alco­hol;
  • mod­els of apons and their imi­ta­tions;
  • sym­bol­ic cloth­ing;
  • car mod­els;
  • car­ni­val sets;
  • por­traits of famous mafiosi;
  • the­mat­ic pub­li­ca­tions and every­thing that fits here.