Throwing a Fabulous 50s themed party really can be simple and inexpensive. These DIY 50s party ideas and planning tips are the best way to keep your party in budget AND wow your guests
How to Host a Fabulous 50s Themed Birthday Party for Cheap
My daughter's love of the 50s started when her school had a 50's day earlier this year. And then she saw the movie "Grease" - Or at least, a modified version of Grease! She was hooked. So, it was only natural that she would want a 50s Sock Hop for her birthday party.
When looking for 1950s party inspiration, it makes sense to start with the unique color scheme of the era - pink, turquoise, black with contrasting shots of red. Then, add in popular trends of the time - mid-century modern looks in rounded shapes, black and white checks, jukeboxes, poodle skirts, pink Cadillacs, and diners!
50s THEMED PARTY PRINTABLES MAKE IT EASY TO SET THE SCENE
Make an adorable 50s Pink Cadillac Photo prop with our pattern and instructions (coming soon!).
Tabletop jukebox centerpieces are a cinch to put together with cardstock, double-sided tape, and grocery store flowers(coming soon).
ADD IN FUN, 1950s INSPIRED DECORATIONS
Match polka dots of different sizes and colors with the black and white checks of a fringed backdrop and lay on marble contact paper to mimic a diner Formica counter. Various other prints with retro, mid-century modern style woven into the accessories help to carry the theme after the invitations.
Pink flamingo mini lights helped to bring attention to our birthday banner. The cheery (cheesy) flamingos look so retro and fun against the DIY black and white fringed background! (COMING SOON) (hint: it cost me $5)
Other elements to DIY include this oversized jukebox painted on kraft paper(pattern to come) and a fun "Diner" sign on posterboard (pattern to come).
FOOD MAKES AN EASY PARTY ACCESSORY
No 50s diner is complete without a letter board highlighting all of your party offerings.
Serve a simple "Diner" food menu; Sliders and Veggie "Fries," Coca-Cola and Root Beer Floats, served in fun containers and snack boxes.
Our cupcake toppers in retro-shapes are quick to put together with a circle punch, a hot glue gun, and lollipop sticks. Red and white polka dot liners add interest and contrast. Store-bought cupcakes and angel food cake are easy to dress up with nonpareils, cutting down on your preparations!
Fun cherry treats, fruit, pudding “chocolate malts” round out the 50s theme.
Tip: Although it is tempting to use Redi-whip for your pudding “chocolate malts,” it tends to deflate. Cool whip will hold shape throughout the party. Fill a Ziploc bag with Cool whip, snip off one of the closed corners, and pipe through the hole directly into a store-bought pudding cup. Top with a cherry - voila! Super cute and easy-peasy!
A sIMPLE THANK YOU
Send your well-sugar-fed friends home with poodle-embellished pink goody bags filled with:
- A polka dot neck scarf
- Cat Eye Sunglasses
- Bubble gum Kissing Potion Roll-on Lip Gloss
- Mini Nail Polish
- Glow Sticks
- Coke Bottle Gummy Candy
- A pencil
Our 50's themed party was a huge success, with fun had by all! But, most importantly, the birthday girl had a peachy-keen time!
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