Birthday Dinner

My 1930’s Shanghai Jazz Party

May 28, 2012

My husband and I recently celebrated our birthdays with a 1930’s Shanghai Jazz party theme. We sent out themed invitations to our guests and asked them to come dressed in 1930’s cocktail. The evening started with dinner at one of our favourite restaurants in Chinatown, Hutong.  After making their way through the alleyway in Chinatown, guests arrived at the restaurant and were guided to a small dining room on the top floor. We had styled two tables with themed placemats, coasters, menus, chair decor, gold heart swizzle sticks, sparklers, polaroid place cards, gold tassle-tied chopsticks and the very popular party favours – a Sidecar cocktail (served in miniature bottles).

Everyone looked spectacular and our guests outdid themselves with 1930’s inspired hairstyles, moustaches, hired costumes and fabulous nails and make-up. This is where I must apologise, unfortunately my “photographer” (aka hubby/birthday boy) was not well on the evening and he was unable to capture as many images of the night as we wished. So please forgive the basic happy snaps from my iPhone camera, hopefully they give you a glimpse of our fun-filled night.


Image above: Sophisticated gents and glamorous ladies arrived to help us celebrate in true 1930s style.

Image above: Hutong’s top floor dining room – the perfect setting for our 1930’s Shanghai Jazz party.

Image above: The dinner party setting – placemats, coasters, party favours, personalised menus, polaroid place cards.

Image above: A birthday toast with glitter hearts drink stirrers

The party kicked off with a champagne toast and then we launched into our first game of the evening – a 1930’s Movie Match game. Each guest was given a small envelope with a card showing either the name of a 1930s period film or a male or female lead actor from that movie. The guests then had to match their card to either a movie name or lead actor/actress. It was a fun icebreaker with guests mingling between our two large tables.

A delicious banquet dinner was served and the wine flowed throughout the evening. As the restaurant was BYO wine  (bring your own), I created personalised wine bottle tags so the restaurant staff could identify our guest’s wine stored in the restaurant bar. After dinner was cleared we played a little trivia game (table against table). The trivia consisted of three multiple choice questions about the birthday girl (moi), three questions about the birthday boy (hubby) and then three questions about the both of us. The competitiveness between the two tables was fun and fiesty. The birthday cakes (one for each of us) were finally brought out and guests lit up their sparklers that I had placed at each setting. The room looked spectacular!

Image above: Our gorgeous guests dressed to the nines in 1930s fashion.

Image: Themed sparklers, wine glass tags and the cards from our Movie Match game.

After dinner we strolled through Chinatown to Bennetts Lane Jazz Club to listen to some jazz. Towards the midnight hour someone mentioned a fun karaoke bar across the road, so we booked ourselves a party room and sang our little hearts out into the very early hours of the morning.

It was an amazing birthday celebration with a fun and unique party theme. If you’re interested in some of our 1930’s Shanghai Jazz party details, you can read my previous blog post {here}. Also, here’s a {link} to my inspiration board on Pinterest.

Thanks for dropping by,


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