Get Ready To Party Roaring '20s Style with A Great Gatsby Prom Theme

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The Great Gatsby is known by many (especially high school English lit teachers) as one of the greatest American novels ever written. F. Scott Fitzgerald shares one man's rags to riches tale and uses the backdrop of a big city and wealthy suburbs to set the scene for out-of-this-world parties. But more importantly, the novel features a messy love triangle that ends in a heartbreaking tragedy. The glitz and glamour of the roaring '20s and the opulence and luxury of art deco design are just a few reasons The Great Gatsby makes for an epic prom theme.

Not only can your classmates dress up in regal gowns and suits to live out their nostalgic dreams, but you can turn your prom venue into the biggest roaring '20s bash the 21st century has ever seen with the help of a few tips. If you're ready to pay homage to one of the greatest American books ever written, read ahead for everything you need to throw a Great Gatsby-themed prom.

Invitations and Tickets

What better way to announce the biggest night of your high school career than with an elegant prom invitation? Amazon and Etsy are filled to the brim with invitations and prom admission tickets that feature fun art deco designs.

Photo Backdrops and Props

There's no debating it; taking pictures is a must at prom. Take your prom theme to the next level with backdrops that instantly transport partygoers to New York City in the 1920s. Add cute photo props which are the ultimate accessories to elevate prom selfies.


You've already set the scene with killer backdrops and props, but centerpieces and vintage car decals will help The Great Gatsby prom theme come through even more. If your committee is feeling crafty, there are tons of DIY tutorials that give step-by-step instructions for creating decorations like ostrich feather centerpieces. If your school set aside a big budget or fundraiser for props, retailers like Andersons have tons of roaring '20s sets (some that include actual water fountains) for sale.


Prom is always a night to remember, but cute keepsakes make the memories last much longer.


Dressing up is one of the things most seniors look forward to for prom. If you want to channel Gatsby's roaring '20s era vibes, then opt for a flapper-style gown with sequin or a chic fitted suit. If your classmates want to pull out the best fashion choices the 21st century has to offer, they can accessorize their 2023 prom looks with fedoras, aviator sunglasses, and feather boas.

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