"Life is a party. Dress for it." -Audrey Hepburn

Everyone loves a good party, and even better, an excuse to throw a good party. Last month, our beloved office building, built in 1917, turned 101 years old and was a perfect reason to celebrate. As a nod to the rich history of our building, which was a Speakeasy during the Prohibition years, we had a 1920s Speakeasy soirée. We encouraged our guests to dress in theme, decorated the building with black and white feathers, lots of sparkles, and used a Model-T as our photo booth. We played old jazz music and turned our back patio into a secret Speakeasy, complete with an Absinthe bar and various Prohibition inspired cocktails. As our guests ate, drank, and mingled they enjoyed experiencing an old-time era.

Our bartender making an Absinthe cocktail.

You do not need to have a home that was once a Speakeasy to throw a great party. Each home, no matter when it was built, has a story. Even homes built this year have a certain style and design that can be matched with a fun theme for a party. When planning a party, remember that respecting the era or design of your home will make your party outstanding and people will feel like they have been transformed to that era.

This special order cake was perfect for our 1920s party theme.

Each layer of detail counts, even down to the wheels of the Model-T.

Here are a few party theme ideas based on a house's history.

1940s Hollywood Theme - Decorate with accents of black and gold - Have old film reels scattered about - Ladies, wear a black cocktail dress, and men, dust off that tuxedo - Play Big Band music - Serve the timeless Vodka Martini

Everyone loves an opportunity to dress up.

Some guests even got into character!

1960s Mad Men Theme - Decorate using a drink cart and appropriate Mid-Century barware

- A-line dresses and tailored suits were the fashion trends of that time