I feel like I should make this into one of those cutesy tutorials you find on Pinterest and those better-than-thou lifestyle blogs. “Make your basement into a speakeasy in these simple steps!”
- Buy house with a basement large enough to accommodate tons of people;
- Make sure it has at least 7 foot ceilings, so said people can stand up;
- Spend several days frantically cleaning all of your sewing crap up (refer to picture);
- Buy ALL THE BOOZE;
- Hire someone to mix it into cocktail form;
- Unleash your friends on the poor, unsuspecting bartender;
Enjoy we did. Francis really took on the mission and in typical Francis fashion (eg. MAKE ALL THE THINGS FABULOUS) really hit it out of the park. He installed lighting, made a bar, created the whole atmosphere almost singlehandedly. That’s why I love this guy… He makes crazy stuff like this happen. I had people coming up to me all night telling me that this was better than Singlebarrel, which is our local speakeasy cocktail lounge here in San Jose. That’s pretty high praise, let me tell ya!
Anyway, here are more of Laurie’s photos, which show a lot of the action in the speakeasy.
Oh yeah, and a note about the “costumes.” We had a 1920s theme, yes, but many people lacked suitable attire, or were a little uneasy about the silhouette (myself included), so we were very relaxed about the dress code. Earlier in the evening I was wearing a little 1920s esque dress, but it was a bit too small and not in the least bit figure flattering, so I changed into one of my 1960s-style cocktail dresses. However, since the speakeasy was such a success, and we will very likely be rolling it out again in the future, I’m suddenly very inspired to find a suitable 1920s-style cocktail dress. You can check out some of the ideas I’ve collected from around the web on my Speakeasy Pinterest board!