There’s nothing quite like a costume party, and this Roaring ’20s / Prohibition party was no exception. My friends Sandy and Megan — who happen to look very similar and share the exact same birthday, wink wink — hosted the evening. Now, one thing you should know is that I’ve been friends with these girls since kindergarten. We grew up around the corner from each other and would walk to school together, have sleepovers and all that good childhood stuff. I am so blessed to have friends since way back when — let’s just not calculate how far back that is…

Jillian and I got ready together — she even let me wear her vintage dress! — and we made our headbands right before we headed over. (Tutorial below.) The key to dressing in ’20s garb? Headbands, sheath/drop waist dresses, long necklaces, curls, statement jewelry and a sassy disposition. ;) I also thought it would be cute to dress as a gangster with a suit and hat. For makeup, I kept it fairly simple with a smokey eye, matte foundation and dark lipstick.

Need some more style inspiration? Check out my ’20s party Pinterest board of ideas!

For those of you wanting to host a Roaring ’20s party, you should definitely consider a password for your speakeasy, photobooth with antique pieces and fun props, signature cocktails, and period music.

Now onto the tutorial portion of our program… :)

20s headband pieces

Items you need to make two headbands

+ Lace and decorative trim – sold by the yard, about 1-1.5 yards of each
+ Feathers – I used one pack of peacock feathers (two each) and thin, wispy black feathers
+ Black felt
+ Decorative statement pieces – found in the jewelry / headband section of Joann’s
+ Hot glue gun
+ Needle and thread
+ Scissors
+ Newspaper or cardboard

Start by laying out your newspaper or cardboard to protect your surface from hot glue. Heat up the glue gun and be careful not to burn yourself – like I always manage to do…

Cut a small piece of black felt slightly smaller than the statement piece. Place out the feathers on top of the felt — no need to use a ton, I used two peacock feathers and about five of the thin black feathers — and once you have a placement you like, glue them to the felt. Once the glue has dried, add more glue to the top to secure the feathers. Then glue all around the black felt and attach it to the statement piece.


Next, cut a strip of black felt that is wide enough to cover your decorative trim that’s acting as the headband. Glue it in place on the back of the other felt piece. Once dry, take a needle and thread and reinforce the felt/feathers/decorative trim and tab to the statement piece. Since my statement piece was wide, I also sewed parts of the decorative trim directly to the statement piece.

Then tie the decorative trim around your head and trim the excess. I liked to have the headband go around the forehead, but it could also act as a normal headband if you’d like. I curled my hair and pinned it into a faux bob to complete the look.

the headband that Jillian made was fairly simple. She attached the rose statement piece to a fabric pouf (found in the headband section) with glue and a needle and thread. She then rouched the middle portion of the black lace trim and attached the pouf to it with a needle and thread. Then she simply tied it around her head and trimmed the extra just slightly, so that the tails hung down.



Have you been to any costume parties recently? I think I’m going to need to throw one, but what kind of theme to have? Suggestions are welcomed!

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10 thoughts on “ROARING ’20s PARTY + FLAPPER HEADBAND”

  1. This is the best party idea EVER! Seriously, everyone looks so legit! My friend and I were toying with the idea of a theme party for a friend’s birthday…now I want to do it even more!

  2. I love a good theme party- reminds me of my college days. This one is a great option for grown-ups- I even have a dress in my closet that would work!

  3. I’ve always wanted to host a luau, complete with a pig roasted underground. I guess that isn’t necessarily a costume party, but I definitely wouldn’t turn away any hot men who wanted to show up shirtless in grass skirts :)

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