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How to throw a 1920s party worthy of Gatsby himself

By Katie Hawkins-Gaar, CNN
updated 9:02 AM EDT, Thu May 9, 2013
Ever wanted to throw a party like Gatsby? Check out this gallery to learn how. As the much-anticipated adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel hits theaters, we asked CNN readers to share their best <a href='http://ireport.cnn.com/topics/967127'>1920s-inspired parties</a> and hosting tips. Ever wanted to throw a party like Gatsby? Check out this gallery to learn how. As the much-anticipated adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel hits theaters, we asked CNN readers to share their best 1920s-inspired parties and hosting tips.
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How to throw a Roaring '20s party
Bring on the sloe gin fizz.
Keep food simple.
Costumes are mandatory.
There's no such thing as too many photos.
You don't have to break the bank.
But you can if you want to.
It's all about the guest list.
1920s parties can be all-ages.
Do your research.
Say no to 'stuffy wallflowers'.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Much-anticipated adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" hits theaters on May 10
  • CNN asked iReporters to share their 1920s-themed parties and tips
  • Some hosted lavish affairs; others recreated "Gatsby" on a budget
  • The No.1 party-hosting tip? Pay attention to your guest list

(CNN) -- Russell Bailyn and Jay Gatsby have several things in common: They are both wealthy, live in Long Island, and know how to throw a great 1920s party.

Of course, the similarities end there. Bailyn is a wealth manager working in Manhattan, who rented out a 1900s mansion for his 30th birthday last year. Gatsby is a fictional character -- the protagonist of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby," known for his lavish and extravagant weekend-long parties.

Director Baz Luhrmann's much-anticipated adaptation of "Gatsby" hits theaters on May 10. The movie, much like the classic book, is expected to paint a glamorous portrait of the '20s. It's a decade that many have attempted to recreate today through themed parties.

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Bailyn, who lives and grew up in Great Neck, New York, (the town where Fitzgerald lived and is rumored to have been the basis for the novel's "West Egg") said he's enjoyed hosting memorable birthday parties since he turned 16.

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"I figured 'going Gatsby' would be the perfect idea for the big 3-oh," he said.

See more photos from Bailyn's party

To be fair, lavish "Gatsby" affairs may not be what Fitzgerald had in mind -- his book critiques the nouveau riche of the 1920s -- but they're undeniably fun. And that's what really matters when it comes to parties, right?

We asked Bailyn and others who shared their 1920s party stories on CNN iReport for their top tips for hosting a successful soiree. We can't help but think that Gatsby himself would try to score an invite.

If you've hosted a 1920s party or are planning to, let us know. Share your story on CNN iReport.

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