Keep food simple. – "When doing a theme party, it's easy to get tempted by every food idea," said Campbell. "Focus on what will taste good and be filling alongside all of those cocktails." Her 1920s progressive dinner included Caesar salad, shrimp cocktails and grilled rib-eyes.
It's all about the guest list. – Krysti Kalkman, left, invited about 40 people to her 1920s-inspired birthday party. "The guest list is very important," she said. "I invited anyone who I thought would have a blast and who is intriguing."
Do your research. – When planning decade-themed parties, Campbell starts by researching popular food and drinks of that era. "A candy bar featuring all of the candies invented in the 1920s was perfect," for her progressive dinner, she said. Music and movies from the 1920s are other fun and easy ways to set the mood.
Say no to 'stuffy wallflowers'. – "I find what makes the best parties are the people who attend," said John Bennet, center. "All the decor and great food in the world won't do you much good if you have a bunch of stuffy wallflowers hanging around."