Ages: Grown Ups/Adults
Send invitations made to look like 45 records. Encourage your guests to come in 50?s dress. It might be a good idea to give a few items to help guests gather ideas for 50?s costumes. The 50?s included, poodle skirts, bobby socks, saddle shoes, leather jackets, white t-shirts, slicked back hair, cuffed jeans, and ponytails. Another option is to send invites shaped like different cars from the 50?s.
Go with a black, white and a small amount of pink for the decorations. Hang records from the ceiling. Put out classic car memorabilia and diner memorabilia. If you are able to rent a juke box it will add a lot of ambience to the party. Play music from the 50?s like Elvis Presley, The Drifters, Nat King Cole, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, The Avalons and The Chordettes.
Games and Activities:
Have a Hoola hoop contest. Even adults will enjoy it. Give everyone some Bazooka bubble gum and have a bubble blowing contest. Have a guess the tune game using all 50?s music. Play the limbo. If you are having a party in an area large enough to dance, it would be fun to hire someone to teach everyone how to do the twist, the jitterbug, bop, swing, hully gully, peppermint, mashed potato, the pony, swim, bunny hop or the stroll (all dances that were popular in the 50?s). Bingo was also extremely popular in the 50?s and would make a good activity for a party.
Think traditional diner foods, like hamburgers, French fries, milkshakes, root beer floats, ice cream and onion rings. Find soda in traditional glass bottles with bottle caps.
Or you could have your own soda fountain. With a little searching you can find many recipes to mix up some incredible drinks. Soda fountain syrups can be bought online for reasonable prices. Following are a few basic recipes. Choose a Flavor Soda Mix 3 ounces of any flavor syrup you choose with 10 ounces of seltzer water and mix. Add ice. Black Cow Put 3 ounces of chocolate syrup in a large glass, add Root beer until it is halfway full and stir. Add two scoops of vanilla ice cream then fill the rest of the way with root beer. Cherry Chocolate Coke Mix a half ounce of chocolate syrup, with a half ounce of cherry syrup in 12 ounces of cola.