As I mentioned in the last flashback post, for having four kids, my mom did a stellar job of making sure that we each had birthday parties that felt special. Even though the budget was never very high, she got amazing bang for her buck! One of my favorite birthday parties that I ever had was this 1950’s themed bash.
I think I was turning nine…. Most of the party was held in our backyard, but we had posters and props ordered from Oriental Trading. Activities included a lip sync competition, the Limbo, lots of dancing to 50’s music and doin’ the twist, hoola hooping, and of course, food and cake.
Happy birthday to me on my vinyl record player cake!
We had lots of 1950’s inflatable props like guitars, microphones, and saxophones, and of course those sweet glasses (the blue ones modeled in the above photo).
Of course at that time my mom didn’t have blogs, or Martha Stewart, or Pinterest. Luckily I do, and I made my very own inspiration boards for an updated 1950’s themed birthday bash. Tell me what you think!
1. Melting records- What a great idea! You could do so much with this- make bookends, table sculptures, bowls to hold flowers or food….
2. Black checks with red accessories- I love this simple but adorable décor.
3. Sock Hop Party- A kids booth and a parents booth. Precious.
4. Jukebox cut out- Nope, not a real jukebox! But it sure looks like one.
5. Flowers in vintage Coca Cola bottles- The uses for these bottles are endless.
6. Carnations as the “whip cream”- So brilliant! Don’t forget a straw and the cherry on top to really sell it.
7. Record food stands- A record glued to an upside plastic cup. Gah!
The Food and Drinks
2. Cupcake Hamburgers and Sugar Cookies Fries- Yep, not real. Maybe even better than the real thing.
3. Orange soda with cute straws- So vintage! So great!
4. Hot dog buffet with bun wrappers and cute mayo, mustard, and ketchup bottles- Affordable, not too messy, theme-related, and almost universally liked. Hot dogs (or veggie dogs) are a pretty solid choice, especially in a cute display like this one.
5. Soda shop- Set up a fun soda station with crazy straws and different types of soda.
6. Banana split and coke float buffet- No explanation needed. Now I’m craving ice cream.
The Props, Favors, and Activities
1. Photo booth props- Such a great, easy idea! Keep with the 50’s theme by doing cat eye glasses, greaser hair cutouts, soda fountain treats, etc.
2. Bubble blowing contest- Might be a little messy, but you know kids would love this! Keep peanut butter on hand in case gum gets into anyone’s hair. (photo source)
3. The Limbo!- Classic. (photo source)
4. Inflatable music props- My mom was right on the money with this idea.
5. Hula hoop contest- So fun! As a bonus, the link also takes you a No-Sew Poodle Skirt tutorial.
6. Slinkies- Kids love this 50’s toy. Give them out as favors. (photo source)
7. Archie Comics- We used to love these growing up. They add color and whimsy to the party and would make adorable favors. (photo source)
9. Cat eye glasses- Adorable favors that double as a costume piece for anyone looking to spruce up their ensemble.
Do you want to have a 50’s party yet? I sure do. Well done, mom!
What fun ideas would YOU use for a 1950’s bash?