December 5, 2013 marks the 80th anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition\u2014certainly an occasion worth celebrating with a splash. That\u2019s why we tapped party-planning experts for tips on how to host the ultimate Repeal Day soire\u00e9.\r\n\r\nSet the scene: The speakeasy theme can start even before attendees arrive, says Erica Schnell, director of The Ice House & Crushed Ice Events in Louisville, Kentucky. \u201cGive your guests a password,\u201d to enter the party\u2014and \u201ccreate a \u2018secret\u2019 entryway at the venue, such as a side door or back door.\u201d\r\n\r\nCue the music: Play a jazz-age soundtrack at your fete, or turn on a Cab Calloway Pandora station. Keep up the audio ambiance with your phone, too. \u201cChange your ringtone to an old-fashioned car horn or early 20th-century telephone, and encourage guests to do the same,\u201d suggests Jorj Morgan, Florida-based entertaining expert and author.\r\n\r\nUse booze as d\u00e9cor: Dim the overheads, light lots of candles, and don\u2019t forget about the bathtub, experts say. Filling the tub with ice and using it to chill bottles and brews is a natural reference to Prohibition-era \u201cbathtub gin.\u201d You can also creatively serve cocktails by providing paper bags or using teacups.\r\n\r\nFinesse the cocktails: Choose gin and rye whiskey for mixing era-appropriate libations at your bash. Here are two must-make tipples.\r\n\r\nBee\u2019s Knees\r\nRecipe courtesy Lynnette Marrero, cocktail consultant, New York City\r\n\r\n2 ounces gin\r\n\u00be ounce fresh lemon juice\r\n\u00be ounce honey syrup (equal parts honey and hot water, mixed)\r\n\r\nCombine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a coupe glass.\r\n\r\nThe Slope\r\nRecipe courtesy of Julie Reiner, as published in Craft Cocktails by Brian Van Flandern (Assouline, 2013)\r\n\r\n2 ounces Rittenhouse Rye\r\n1 ounce Punt e Mes sweet vermouth\r\n\u00bc ounce apricot brandy\r\n2 dashes Angostura bitters\r\nBrandy-soaked cherries, to garnish\r\n\r\nPlace all ingredients except garnish in a mixing glass. Add large ice cubes and stir thoroughly. Strain into a martini or coupe glass. Garnish with brandy-soaked cherries and serve.