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1920s Speakeasy Murder Mystery Birthday Dinner Party | Summerville, SC Photographer

1920s Speakeasy Themed Birthday Party | Nicole Watford Photography

The clocks rolled back to the 1920s. Candles and lamps gave a warm glow to the darkness of the living-room-turned speakeasy. The bartender served up signature cocktails with a flair to guests dressed in flapper and mobster attire. Big band music played from the speakers and mixed with the joyful chatter of the mingling partygoers.

Suddenly, one of the guests spotted Diana, the guest of honor, out the window, and the excited crowd gathered at the back door to greet her. As she stepped into the room, her eyes shimmered bright with excitement. She scanned the crowd, looking at the faces of her dear friends gathered to celebrate her birthday and beaming from ear to ear. “Oh my gosh, this is AMAZING!” she exclaimed, taking in every one of the carefully-planned details and hugging each of her guests. It was the start of an evening that Diana would describe as her “best birthday EVER!”

1920s Speakeasy Murder Mystery Party

Diana’s birthday celebration was a truly spectacular evening! It was incredible to see all the details and planning that went into the event, as well as the elaborate 1920s attire everyone donned for the party! Friends helped transform Charles and Diana’s living room into a speakeasy for the evening, and every carefully-selected detail helped set the tone for the murder mystery that played out over the course of the evening. Judah and Scott from The Murder Mystery Company Charlotte were great entertainers as they helped everyone determine “whodunnit!” I’m also convinced that the guests who were chosen to play suspects in the murder mystery are actually amateur actors. 😉

The most memorable moment of the evening was the surprise and excitement on Diana’s face when she discovered that Ian, her favorite bartender from Prohibition Charleston, was there serving up cocktails! Throughout the whole evening, it was so evident how excited she was to be surrounded by so many of her friends to celebrate her birthday… her joy was contagious!

A 40th Birthday Celebration to Remember

What stuck with me the most was the incredible energy, warmth, and love emanating from Diana at every moment. Not only could you tell that she was having the absolute best time, but her appreciation for all the work that went into the event and her gratitude to all those who made it happen was so evident!

Diana and Charles, thank you so much for inviting me to be part of this special birthday celebration! It was an honor to be able to capture such a fun evening for you, and I am so excited to share some of my favorite highlights from the evening!

1920s Speakeasy Murder Mystery Party in Summerville, SC | Nicole Watford Photography

The Creative Team

venue: private residence
catering: James Bryan
bartender: Ian Farley of Prohibition Charleston
cake: Carisa Lebkicher

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Nicole Watford, a newborn photographer in Columbia, SC

Hey, I’m Nicole!

Columbia, SC Newborn, Maternity, & Family Photographer

I’m a sentimental mom of two with a heart for helping moms like you have a stress-free photography experience. I’m here to help you feel comfortable and confident in front of the camera and capture beautiful photos to tell the story of this season of life.

Serving Columbia, SC & the surrounding areas