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.
- rolls shaped like bullets;
- blood-red dishes;
- sausage circles;
- slicing bread with basil;
- French fries;
- 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;
- 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.
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.
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;
- graceful fans;
- pearl or other beads;
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.