As a party promoter, Chris Cook knows how to have a good time. It makes him a professional partier.
"Yeah, that's a good title," he said. "It's basically event planning, but these are kind of frisky, adult-type parties. This one in particular is a bit more sophisticated than what I'm used to doing."
Throwing parties is what he does, having hosted more than 50 "theme parties."
His return to the city's party scene after a three and a half year hiatus is under the guise of a flappers-meet-mobsters night at Gatsby's on Broughton Street.
"I went by Gatsby's and it was like a classy place. It's got that silver drapes in the window, and it's kind of old-school, classy dance bar. It seemed like the pin-ups theme would go well with that," Cook said. "I think it would fit right in because of the dÃ©cor."
The Glitz & Glamour Carousal Pin-Up Party will include giveaways and shot specials, roulette and blackjack tables, The Downtown Delilahs and a burlesque show starring Edie Bellini and Magnolia Minxxx with music by Analog Kid.
A costume contest will award prizes to "Best Pin-Up," "Best Mobster" and "Best Couple." ACME Costumes on Route 80 will offer a 10 percent discount to anyone wishing to rent attire for the evening.
Cook started throwing parties at his home before taking to the nightlife scene downtown. His love of party-throwing spanned a decade until he decided to take a break from it. He returns with the upcoming '40s- and '50s-inspired party.
"I kinda got that itch again," he said.
More parties are in the pipeline, according to Cook, who hopes to add events in the coming months at Gatsby's and other venues around town.
"I've got all kinds of ideas for themes in my head," he said. "And now this is my first one coming back. We expect to pack the place. At least 100 people. But we're hoping for upwards of 150-175."