Just up ahead, check out 50's party invitation ideas, 50's party themes, tips on what to serve, and activities to host -- to keep your 50's bash rockin' for hours of fun!
50's party invitation ideas
You can purchase special 50's party invitations online, or cut costs by doing it yourself with a home computer and printer. Include a vintage graphic and include catchy wording such as "We're gonna doo-wop til we drop!" or "The 50's were nifty. Come join the fun!"
Don't forget to include location, date, time and RSVP details, and if necessary include a request that guests dress up in their favorite bowling shirt, leather jacket, poodle skirt, polka dot dress, or other popular 50's fashions.
Do It Yourself 50's party decoration ideas
Steal a page from 50's fashions by decorating your party space with a polka-dot table cloth, and black and pink streamers and balloons. Follow the theme with plates and napkins with white or black cutlery.
At the supermarket, find classic style Coca Cola bottles to use as flower vases for your party table centerpiece, along with decorative glass jars filled with colorful gumballs or pretzel sticks for that 50's neighborhood candy store look!
Old 45 vinyl records can be found at garage sales or second hand stores to hang on the walls, together with 50's theme posters to help bring the decade vividly to life.
50's party food
The 50's party menu?
50's car hop and diner food are always a big hit and easy to prepare. Just think burgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese & bacon sandwiches, french fries, and onion rings. If you're going for a 50's movie drive-in theme included lots of buttered popcorn.
For dessert, how about ice cream soda floats ... or a nice slice of lemon meringue pie?
If serving alcohol, search out vintage beers like Pabst Blue Ribbon, Rheingold and Schaefer ("The one beer to have when you're having more than one") or up your game with some vintage 50's cocktails including the Whiskey Sour or 50's-era summer refreshers like a Tom Collins or a Singapore Sling.
50's party fun & activities
If you have room for a dance floor, have guests dancing the night away with a 50's sock hop as they cut a rug to Elvis, Bill Haley and the Comets, The Platters, The Coasters, The Drifters, and the great doo-wop bands
of the decade.
Think about a 50's dance competition with a prize to the lucky couple. Or, if space is tight, just clear the living room furniture aside for a fun hula hoop or limbo contest!
trivia competition -- or a 50's theme game of Pictionary or Charades -- will also provide hours of fun. Also consider hosting a bubble gum blowing contest (and by all mean have the camera ready.)
When the party's over, send guests home happy with a party favor bag filled with 50's treats -- which may include a Pez dispenser, Chiclets, Mary Janes, Red Hots, or spice drops for an extra sweet memory of a simpler time.