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‘Welcome to 1920s New York’ Theme | Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Party

Throw the ultimate party, inspired by Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. With tips for invites, decor, food and fashion, plus free downloads to get you started, your party will be perfect!

I hope everyone is as excited as I am for Fantastic Beasts! Like everyone, I’m sure, I’ve been scouring the trailers and new tidbits of information they’ve been giving us for clues about the new film.

To make sure we all celebrate the release in November the best we can, I’m pulling together everything we know, and publishing three themes that can be used to inspire your Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them party over the next few weeks. Because of the size of the posts, they will be posted separately, but can all be found on the How To Throw The Ultimate Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them page.

Note, links to items go to Amazon, which is where I’m shopping for my own party!

Welcome to New York

Newt Scamander arrivesin New York screenshot Fantastic Beasts party

The year is 1926, and Newt Scamander has landed in New York.

Invitation ideas

There are lots of different options for the invitations. What you don’t use for an invite, you can use as additional documents and props.

  • tickets
  • ship documents
  • passports
  • postcards

Passport at arrivals in Fantastic Beasts

Newt-Scamander-passportV1 copy

Newt Scamander passport (1140 downloads)

Ephemeral New York has numerous vintage New York postcards on their blog (only one from 1920, but some from the previous decade).https://ephemeralnewyork.wordpress.com/tag/vintage-new-york-postcards/

Laconia passport

Laconia postcard {US letter size} (633 downloads)

Decor

welcome to ny decor for Fantastic Beasts party

suitcases stacked, off the ship, decor ideas for a Fantastic Beasts party

Back in 1920’s, ships entered New York on a regular basis. Like other visitors, Newt would have gone through customs. You can set up your party to be the customs area, or use these ideas for just the entrance, depedning on how big your decorating and party is going to be.

Here are some decor ideas, plus some printable signage to get you started.

  • white picket fences and white chains for line
  • signage including no smoking, immigration and customs.
  • suitcases stacked up

arrivals signage

Arrival Signage (476 downloads)

The menu

Tina eating hot dog menu for Fantastic Beasts party

Street vendors have been around in New York since the 1600’s when New York established themselves as a colony. So by the 1920’s, street vendors were an integral part of New York. The early 1920’s saw the introduction of vendors using motorised vehicles. Remembering that Newt lands during the winter, choose from some of the warmer meals he might have come across on the streets, including:

  • hot dogs
  • hamburgers
  • hot soft pretzels
  • warm nuts e.g. peanuts

Serve your meals with Coca Cola in glass bottles.

Alternatively, diners became quite popular in the 1920’s, with many New Yorkers opting to eat out over home-cooked meals. You might want to serve up corned beef and pastrami sandwich like at Katz’s Deli. Or maybe you want to serve up New York style pizza (thin crust, thin sauce, triangular slices), like Newt would have found at Lombardi’s, a pizzeria you would’ve found back in 1926 (and we can still find standing today).

1920 New York diner Fantastic Beast party

Costumes

1920’s fashion for men

The first person we’ll look at is Newt Scamander.

You’ll need:

  • blue overcoat
  • mustard yellow/dark yellow vest
  • brown or grey tweed suit
  • white shirt
  • bowtie
  • and of course, his suitcase.

Which leads us to…

Create your own Newt Scamander suitcase, with links to items plus free downloadables!

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own Newt Scamander suitcase



  •  binoculars
  • Hufflepuff scarf
  • handkerchiefs
  • striped pajamas
  • vintage alarm clock
  • old brass magnifying glass
  • suitcase
  • and… is that a leather glove? For dealing with… hatching dragon eggs? I’m thinking of Hagrid, so just a guess for now!
  • Plus we drew up the cover of the New York City Map to download (it includes a New York City map).
    1920s style New York City map

1920's style New York City Map (727 downloads)

Fashion for women

A look at the fashion worn the 1920’s, and then what is chosen for the characters within Fantastic Beasts (namely Tina), says alot about their personalities.

Typically we would say an everyday woman in the 1920’s would wear ‘walking clothing’ while out, which included long skirts with a lower waist, no corset in this era, a blouse, and Mary Jane style shoes.


But in the trailers we see Tina running around in trousers, white shirt, blazer, an overcoat and Oxford shoes.

Here are some ideas on how to dress as Tina would in 1920's New York in the upcoming movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

What does it say about her? She was bold. While pants were worn, it was pretty rare and it a statement of their strong character.


I hope this has given you some ideas and tips for throwing a Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them party, inspired by Newt arriving in New York. As I said, this could be used as inspiration for the party, or for an entrance. Go as big or small as you like!

Throw the ultimate party, inspired by Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. With tips for invites, decor, food and fashion, plus free downloads to get you started, your party will be perfect!

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  1. I’m really, really thankful with everyone who designed the free New York City map!! It’s lovely, astonishingly detailed. Thank you SO much!

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