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Party Planning - Theme Party Ideas - Fifties Party Ideas, 50's Party Ideas

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Soda Shop Party, Hop Drive-In, Sock Hop, Hopelessly Devoted, Rock Around the Clock

Calling all you grease monkeys and beauty school dropouts, cruise on over for a blast from the past! The perfect theme for the lover of Fabulous 50's Music. The perfect theme for your milestone events. It's always fun to take a step back in time.  The fifties were a fabulous time and a 50's party is great fun. So let's get started!

Fifties Tableware Rock And Roll Party Kit Fifties Party Decorations
Fifties Tableware, Fifties Party Tableware,50's Table Decorations Rock And Roll Party Favors & Party Items Fifties Party Decorations & 50's Party Props

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Our party planners have added some 50s party ideas on each of our fifties pages Fifties Tableware, 50's party items & Fifties Decorations & Props that are sure to make your party sensational. "It may only be Rock and Roll", but you'll have your guests singing along to the music in retro glasses & Elvis Wigs, while playing their inflatable guitars. Munching on Cheeseburgers, Fries and Milk Shakes and doing the Jitterbug to the 50's music. Have a great party!

The key to pulling off a coordinated event: Evoke your theme throughout the affair, it should be the subtle thread that ties everything together. Your location, invitations, flowers, menu, cake, and favors should all cleverly reflect one common concept. Then, get as creative as you can!

Colors: Use colors that relate to that time period. Here are a few ideas for some color choices for a "50s party", but by no means does it represent the only choice that would be appropriate! Black, hot pink with splashes of blue and black and white check with splashes of light blue & pink.

When using a color scheme use one or two main colors and build around these. If you choose to use only one color for your decorating, try to add little touches of another color or a lighter or darker shade of the same color to create a more pleasing effect. Adding little splashes of white, black, gold or silver will not detract from your main color choice, and the effect will be considerably more dramatic! 

Invitation Idea    

Vinyl 45 Invitation Each Create-A-Invitation Each
Vinyl 45 Personalized Invitation Each Create-A-Invitation Each

Visit a second hand record store and buy old 45s records. Cover the label with the details of the party ( where, when, RSVP, etc.). Use these as invitations. Or, if you can't find the real thing, cut records from black poster board and add your own label. Create a rockin’ invitation by sprinkling some Rock & Roll Confetti into each of the envelopes. Also perfect for jazzing up your tabletops.

Decorating Ideas

“Twist and Shout – come on, come on, baby now!” - if music is going to be center stage at your event, a Sock Hop motif is the way to decorate!  Bring back the memories of 45 records and the music of the 50's.

Remember that the tops of your tables provide a very large surface area and setting them with themed or colorful tableware is the fastest and most economical way to change the look and feel of your party area. Make this your 1st priority in decorating for your event. For additional tabletop setting ideas go to: Fifties Tableware

Do-It-Yourself Decorations: Easy to make record bowls for decorating and centerpieces.

Record bowls that you make yourself are a fun way to decorate your tables for a 50's party. These record bowls are created from 33 1/3 records. The bowls can be used as serving dishes or turn them upside down and use them as a base for a centerpiece.

 

We used record bowls to create these centerpiece for a 50's party. For the centerpiece shown, we glued a flat 33 1/3 record to the top of the upside down record bowl (creating a flat surface to set a bubble bowl on top). We added a fuchsia floral ring and a floating candle.

We used 33 1/3 records for charger plates and yoyo's were placed on the top of the napkins for decor & favors.

Some ideas for using the record bowls include:

  • Use record bowls to serve snacks or as a candy dish.

  • Use record bowls to elevate food items on a buffet table.

  • Place a glass cylinder vase & floating candle on top & decorate with a floral ring.

  • Place a pillar candle on top and add a floral ring.
  • Stack & glue record bowls together to make a taller elevated base for a vase or candle.
  • Place a hurricane globe on top and add a floral ring.

Get creative! You will be amazed at what you can come up with. Additional photo below show some of the ways we used the record bowls.

Instructions for making record bowls.

Don't have a collection of old 33 1/3 records to work with. Start by visiting thrift shops and antique stores, ask friends and family for old records (make sure the record is not valuable before you melt it down). If you find 50's albums in the original album covers there are frames available for displaying them.

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

Set record on top of a Pyrex or oven proof glass bowl (use a bowl that is large enough so that the record can melt over it). Place in oven and heat for 2 - 5 minutes. It is ready to remove as soon as the record has melted & taken the shape of the bowl. Be careful when removing from the oven the glass bowl will be hot. The record will not be to hot. Let sit for about a minute then remove the record bowl from the glass bowl.

There are endless ways to use these record bowls, a few ideas are shown here.

Left, we used a square vase and set the vase on the record bowl stand and just added a few flowers.

 

Bubble bowl filled with Hershey Kisses on top of the upside down record bowl. A 33 1/3 record was placed on top of the up side down record bowl and a cylinder vase was set on top with a floating candle.

Record bowl filled with Hershey Kisses and a single flower bloom on top.

Record bowl base with bubble bowl filled with Hershey Kisses. A few single flower blooms finish off the arrangement. 

Add some fun decorations & props related to your 50s theme to create a spectacular party setting!

When choosing room decorations one large prop will provide a greater impact than lots of little decorations, so if your budget is tight, choose one large decoration like a Soda Shop Arch, Mural or Standee.

Fifties Music

BAND ON THE RUN KIT

BAND ON THE RUN KIT

Set the mood with music. Use Microphones & Guitars as props or decoration! A BAND ON THE RUN KIT is a great party prop that will help you sing your way to stardom!  Spin some records on a turntable. If you don't have a turntable or records, check with friends & family members  or visit your local antique or thrift shops.

Dance to the Music!

Fifties Favors & Party Items

Stock up on affordable 50's party favors to be used at your event as prizes, before the event as promotional items, and after the fifties party as keepsakes. No 50's party supplies list is complete without throwing in special personalized fifties party favors for guests to enjoy.

Place a pair of retro sunglasses at each place setting, tuck your napkin in the fold of the glasses and have them act as a napkin ring.

You're guests will love dressing up for this party, an Elvis Wig and Beehive hair-dos are a must. Poodle skirts, pink lady jackets & pants, letterman sweaters, leather jackets, car hop girls in roller skates & more!  Anything Polyester is great! Don't forget the costume contest!

Activities 

A dance contest is a sure way to get all of those grease monkeys and beauty school dropouts into the swing of things!  Don’t forget about “The Stroll”, "The Hand Jive", "The Madison", "The Cha Cha", “The Bop” and the "Swing". Of course, by the end of the 50s, rock and roll was making news all over America, and dance was changing. Partners no longer danced together, but gyrated to the powerful beat on their own. Swing and The Bop gave way to 60s dance crazes like the Twist, the Mashed Potato, and the Hully Gully, but that's another story!

  • Hula Hoop contest

  • Twisting Contest (The Twist peaked at #16 on the Billboard rhythm and blues chart in 1959 as recorded by its author, Hank Ballard), however Chubby Checker made it famous in 1960 with his  "The Twist".

  • Limbo Contest

  • Bubble Blowing

  • Twister

  • Yoyo  Contest

Have a “car hop” relay.  Divide your group into two teams.  Give each team a tray with french-fries, a hamburger, a bottle of Coca-Cola, and an ice cream sundae.  Each guest must run down to a car window, touch the car (car standee), and run back - all without spilling any food.  Once they are back, they hand the tray to the next person and so on.  The first team to complete the “car hop” wins!

Play “Name That Tune” using old 50’s songs – extra points are given to the team that can name the title and the artist. 

Create a list of products, ask guests to guess the price now Vs the price in the fifties. The team with the closest guesses wins. 

For older children or teens, have the girls make poodle skirts. Using felt cut the material into a circle. In the center of the circle, cut a second hole for the waist. Use a pin to secure the size of the waist, or attach a piece of wide elastic using a sewing machine. Have the girls cut out records and write on names, or cut out fuzzy poodles (check old dog books for poodle designs). Attach the cut outs with a low-temp glue gun or fabric glue. 

Set up a drive-in movie theater in your back yard and watch “Grease” under the stars!

Have lots of bubble gum and pass out as many as each guest thinks they need to blow the biggest bubble ever.

Drag Races
Set up a course on a table top or floor with 2 hot wheel cars.
At the drop of the scarf, each racer must blow their car through the course with a straw.

Food Ideas 

Got to have the "Blue Plate Specials" with this party. Nothing beats good ole' Hamburgers and a basket of fries, unless of course it is a good hotdog and a basket of fries and onion rings.

Keeping the meal simple, similar to a soda shop or 50's Diner, can ease the stress in the kitchen. 

No fifties party would be complete without a float/shake/malt of some kind. Get the blender out and whip up some tasty treats.

Root Beer Floats
Most important part!
Pour root beer over vanilla ice cream. Simple and rewarding. Don't forget the cherries. 

Record Cake
Bake a round cake from your favorite recipe and frost with black frosting except for a circle in the center. Drag a fork around the record part to make it look more realistic.
Frost the center label pink and write the birthday message here
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