Plan the Party
The party was held outside in our community playground across the street from our home. It had a great ramada and covered playground.
Decorations on a Budget
I also found some clip art online which I printed up as signs, framed it and taped records to frame also.
Use What You Got
Glass malt glasses made great candy holders for pixie sticks candies and for dips.
Utilizing as many things over and over again, but packaged differently saves $$$$!
Poodle Skirt Costume
I found a great tutorial for the poodle skirt that was very simple to make. It gave a poodle template, but I found my iron on poodle appliqués at Joanne’s. I added sequin ribbon and that was it!
My mom had a few retro tags left from her sewing archives that I thought was appropriate to sew on skirt, so cute! I had extra material left over and they were perfect circles, so I created records from them. Used them to decorate my cake table.
Poodle Skirt 50’s Barbie Cake
I made the cake using the video tutorial from Betty Crocker princess cake, but modified mine to become a poodle skirt 50’s girl. I used a barbie and put her hair up in a pony tail. I used a mini appliqué poodle from Joanne’s for the cake. The cake did take me 5 hours. What?!! I know, I know. . . of course, I decided to bake my first decorated cake ever the night before party which = no sleep.
Ice Cream Cupcakes
I couldn’t stop with just a cake, no way! So the kiddies at the party got ice-cream cone cupcakes with frosting and sprinkles. Those were fun to make and the kids loved eating those! I found a great way to make my cupcake holders which helped me transport them across the street to our community playground which is where the party took place. I decorated them with the left over musical foam stickers I had found at the dollar store.
Rock Around The Clock
Music was the key that made this party rock! All of our games were musically involved. So I had created 3 playlists with songs only from the 1950’s. It was surprising to see how many songs I thought were from the 50’s that were really 60’s songs so I cut those out.
I learned some musical history doing this project, cool bonus.
Birthday party playlist
Dance Contest Playlist
Girls Birthday Songs playlist
We had a American Band Stand lip sync contest and used giant blow up microphones from Party City. The kids’s had a blast! We also had a Juke box piñata because you got to have candy at a kid’s party right?
The hula hoop contest was classic!
Can’t go wrong with the blowing bubble gum bubbles contest and the dance “Twist” contest!
Look at those dancing sock hoppers and greasers!!
Elvis was there!! (scream) ahhhhhhh! The things Dads will do for their little birthday girls! Hadara was so cute standing there as Ruben sang, “I can’t help falling in love with you”! Seriously, I’m putting this pic in her wedding video.
Nostalgia– oh yah!
I have to end on this note. . . my parents all decked out . . . well it is their generation after all! They rocked the Look and rocked around the clock!
It doesn’t get any better than this folks!
It’s still hard to believe my hubby and I whipped this 50’s party up all in 2 weeks and spent less than $65 on this party! We had a joyful time celebrating Hadara’s 7th birthday. Isn’t it all about making sweet memories with family and friends anyway?
I hope this post helped you plan your 1950’s party!
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