You work hard, and you earn the right to play just as hard, if not harder! Remember to celebrate you and your life by taking the time to have as much fun and laughter as possible. It’s good for the Soul and life in general. And what better way to celebrate life than by hosting parties and events for family and friends!
I recently threw a fun 50s themed birthday party for my daughter, Delanie, and we had a blast. This type of party would be fun for any age, adult and child alike. It would also be a great theme for other types of parties, like anniversary and retirement parties, so let your imagination soar.
To get started, I’ve included a detailed checklist below, as well as some photos and product links to help you create a wonderful 50s themed party. Have fun (and no stress) the Easy, Breezy Way!
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My go-to site for inspiration is always Pinterest. For the 50s theme party, I started a “50s Theme Party” board and began searching for ideas and pinning them to my board. While I’m pinning, I often go to the website link for each pin to gather more research, ideas and so on. Sometimes, the pins will take you to the page where the product featured can be ordered, which is super helpful.
After my inspirational juices are flowing, I set a budget for the party, which helps me remain in check with my purchases.
Next, I decide where I want to host my event and check to see what dates are available. For the 50s themed party, my daughter wanted to throw the party at our house instead of at a diner, so that simplified some of the planning for us.
After setting a budget and selecting a location, I’m ready to select a date and time for the party. Before doing this, however, I find out how long it will take for my supplies to arrive if I have to order anything.
Next is the invite list. It’s a good to have an idea of who you’d like to invite, so you know how many people you need to plan for. Depending on your style and the type of party, you might opt to have a RSVP included on the invite. Take into consideration how long you need for all of the purchased items to arrive when choosing a RSVP date.
The invite is typically the first purchase I make, as anything that needs to be customized should be ordered first. Etsy is a great place to order invites, personalized signs, and so on. For Delanie’s 50s themed party, she chose to invite friends and family, so I did not feel the need to print the purchased invite. Instead, I sent the invite digitally via text message to all of the invitees. I love sending things via text message! It‘s Easy Breezy, saves time, and saves a little money since you are not printing or using postage.
Now I’m ready to create a menu. If I don‘t find what I’m looking for on Pinterest, I usually Google the theme for menu ideas. For Delanie’s party, I Googled “fifties theme party menu ideas.”
Make a list of everything you would like to have on your menu.
Delanie’s 50s themed menu included:
- A “Blue Plate Special:”
- Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
- Macaroni & Cheese
- Hot Dogs
- French Fries
- Root Beer Floats and Coke Floats
- Vanilla, Chocolate, and Strawberry Milkshakes
- Ice Cream Sundaes
- Banana Splits
- Cupcakes: We found a cherry coke flavored cupcake recipe on Pinterest that was great.
- Apple and Cherry Pie: Instead of cake, Delanie wanted pies at her diner.