My daughter’s love of the 50s started when her school had a 50’s day earlier this year. And then.. she saw Grease. Or at least, a modified version of Grease and she was hooked. So, it was only natural that she would want a 50s Sock Hop for her birthday party.
How to Host a Fabulous 50s Themed Birthday Party for Cheap
We embraced the theme fully!
For fun, its shape was of a 45 and had a
brad at the top to swivel open. Lucky for me, I had a pile of 45s in my attic – I scanned one in and used the image of that for the front, which gave it an authentic look.
We kept the menu simple with “Diner” food! Hot Dogs and Fries, Root Beer Floats and fun sweets and treats to fit the theme!
There were the required Pink Ladies T-Shirts, poodle skirts and neck scarfs in pinks, teals and polka dots. Everyone came dressed in their 50s best and danced the afternoon away. I made my girl’s poodle skirts following this tutorial, and used Walmart twin sheets for the fabric – they were cheap, and I could cut the skirts out in one piece, which made it all SO much easier.
The girls had their pictures taken in a pink Cadillac Cut-out we painted and donated to the school. I’ve shared the tutorial on how to make the fun car cut-out here if you’re interested in making your own!
No party is complete without a fun playlist. Fortunately, the 50’s era offers much to choose from!
The girls – all 15 of them – had a great time with the activities we planned! Some ideas include:
- A Hula Hoop contest
- Limbo fantastic (even backward!)
- Hand jive lesson
- A bubble gum blowing contest
- Donut bobbing. It’s a tradition at our home to ALWAYS have donut bobbing at our parties.
Donut bobbing – A game in which you suspend three donuts from the ceiling. Each player stands in front of a donut, put their hands behind their backs, and must be the first to remove the entire donut from the string using only their mouths. Very, very un-lady like. Awesome. Trust me.
After three hours of non-stop fun, we sent our well sugared fed friends home with clear cellophane goodie bags containing the following:
Cat Eye Sunglasses
Roll-on Lip Gloss
Mini Nail Polish
Coke Bottle Gummy Candy
My daughter’s 50’s dreams realized, our 50’s themed party was a huge success, with fun had by all!