Periodical Themes

50s Party Theme


For a fabulous ‘50s party, consider the following themes: '50s diner theme, drive-in theme, Elvis party theme, Grease party theme, or sock hop. Once the theme choice is settled, send out matching invitations. Get creative by sending out '50s music records or a CD.

Decorate your party venue with a '50s backdrop, '50s cutouts, old records, plastic music notes, Mylar balloons, and a cardboard jukebox. You can also host the party at a bowling alley or rent out a roller rink.

Dress in ‘50s fashions, including leather jackets with white t-shirts, bowling shirts, bobby socks, poodle or polka dotskirts, Pink Lady jackets, rock-and-roll sunglasses. Guests can also dress as '50s icons, like Elvis Presley or Marilyn Monroe.

Make your "nifty fifties" night a blast with a hula-hoop contest, a dance-off, or a bubble gum-blowing contest. Hire an Elvis impersonator or wear a costume to drive the crowd wild and provide a ton of photo-ops.  Add to the ‘50s nostalgia by watching Grease, "I Love Lucy" or "Happy Days,” and get in the dancing mood with music by Miles Davis, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, Fabian, Frankie Avalon, Dion, Bobby Darrin, the Platters, or Elvis.

Consider American favorites like burgers and fries, shakes, root-beer floats, sodas, apple pies and ice-cream sundaes as food options for the party. Use '50s-theme plates, napkins, cups, and table covers, which are available at party stores or online.

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