Last weekend, I went back in time to the Roaring Twenties at Dardanella’s Great Gatsby Lawn Party. This was Dardanella ’s first event in Atlanta, and after seeing photos from their previous events, I was super excited to check out the Great Gatsby Party!
The event was held at The Wren’s Nest in the historic West End neighborhood of Atlanta. The Wren’s Nest is a house museum formerly owned by Joel Chandler Harris, who collected and recorded Brer Rabbit and many other folktales. We had the opportunity to take a free house tour in the afternoon, and I learned quite a lot about him!
As you can probably tell by the name, the Great Gatsby Lawn Party was held outdoors on the property behind the actual Wren’s Nest house. MARTA comes very close to the location, but I took uberpool to avoid walking in heels.
I thought the location itself was beautiful, and fit quite well with the historic theme. There were several food trucks, a stage for the bands, a dance floor, and photo booths. (I saw a bocce ball kit, but I didn’t notice anyone playing while I was there). I would love to see more activity stations/photo booth areas and props in the future!
My 4 Favorite Things at Dardanella’s Great Gatsby Lawn Party
- The costumes! While my own costume ended up being a little lackluster due to time constraints, almost every person I saw at the lawn party was jazzed up in some type of 20s-era garb. Several people I spoke with had sewn their own costumes! That’s definitely my goal for next time.
- The music. There were some really fantastic live bands at Dardanella, and you couldn’t not dance along!
- The dancing! I had to make a separate entry just for the dancing, both practiced and spontaneous. The dance demonstrations were fab! I was blown away by the unbridled enthusiasm of all those who took to the dance floor. Friends, couples, families… all kinds of guys and gals were dancing up a storm!
- The location. Before this event, I was actually unaware that The Wren’s Nest existed, and I certainly didn’t know that it’s the house-turned-museum of Joel Chandler Harris. We were fortunate enough to get a tour of the inside of the house during the lawn party, and I learned a lot of local history! The venue was beautiful, and I think that it fit with the 1920s-era theme perfectly.
- I know I said this was a top 4 list, but I had to give an honorable mention to the amazing white chocolate lavender milkshake from Chillybean Coffee Co. I didn’t know what to expect from that flavor combo, but it was amazing and super refreshing on a warm day!
Like I mentioned above, my own Dardanella costume wasn’t quite as great and grand as I’d originally planned. I wanted to sew a flapper dress, and I’d even sketched out the design. Unfortunately, end-of-semester projects and exams got the best of me, so I had to do some last minute improvisation. Looking through my closet, this shift dress from Old Navy had the closest shape to a dress from the Roaring Twenties (most of my dresses are a little more fitted through the waist). I used scrap fabric to make this flowery flapper headband. The headband is a crucial component of any great flapper costume!
It worked pretty well for a last-minute flapper getup, but like I mentioned before, I’d really love to make my own dress before their next event (Dardanella plans to come back to Atlanta in September, so don’t worry if you missed it this time)! They’re planning to make improvements to the Lawn Party for their second time in Atlanta, so I’ll be excited to see what they come up with.
Have you ever been to a Roaring Twenties-themed party? What was your favorite part?
(Photos with Dardanella logo are from event photobooth, all others are from me)!