Want to Throw a 'Gatsby' Flapper Party?

Great Gatsby-themed events are okay this year, but watch out for party themes that backfire.

May 10, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

Photo: Courtesy of Warner Brothers Pictures

I may be the only person who hasn’t gone to an advance screening, but I know I will love The Great Gatsby. Walking by a Brooks Brothers window in Georgetown on Sunday morning, I was saved from becoming a fashion victim only because the store was closed. Otherwise, I would have marched in and bought one of the crazy striped jackets and then looked for a straw boater.

I’m nuts about Fitzgerald and the Jazz Age. And, of course, the opening party scene makes everyone want to throw a flapper-themed party. This year, you can—but just this year, because flapper is one of the old sawhorse themes that almost always flops instead of flaps.

Here's why this, and a few other themes, need to be avoided.

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