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1950s Theme Party Activities

Your guests received the party invitations you’ve sent out and are looking forward to coming. Even if all of your guests know each other and they’ll spend the whole time chatting and enjoying the company, it’s not always a bad idea to have a few 1950s theme party activities on hand available for those that are feeling the itch to ‘do’ something. Here are some ideas that will fit great within your 50s party theme.

1950s Theme Party Activities #1: Teach your guests to do the Hand Jive. If your hand jive is a little rusty, borrow the movie GREASE from a friend or your local library. They do it at the dance. Kids especially LOVE doing this over and over!

1950s Theme Party Activities #2: If you’re going for more of a Sock Hop / Dand, then let your guests make their own boutonnieres and corsages for the big high school dance! Cut colored tissue paper into 5” X 5” squares (or buy them in packages pre-cut, which is what I do.) Take six sheets and stack them evenly on top of each other. Fan-fold the stack in ¾” folds. When finished, use a twist-tie to secure the center of the tissue paper. Now, pull up each piece of tissue paper ONE AT A TIME, ALTERNATING SIDES. Soon, a flower will appear. Keep to pastel colors, pink being ideal. If couples come (and these are for adults that you make ahead of time) create matching flower colors for each.

1950s Theme Party Activities #3: This is a GREAT idea for kids: Take the kids to a drive-in movie in your own home! LCD projectors and screens can be rented at your local stage light and sound center. Project the image on a large screen or the side of your house in the backyard. Purchase the red and white popcorn bags at your local restaurant supply store. You can also rent a popcorn machine for the day, if you anticipate several guests. This is especially great because of how wonderful those popcorn machines sound and smell when the corns are popping! Of course you could also opt to make a whole concessions stand (candy, soda, nachos, the works!) If this event is a fundraiser, this is a great way to make some peripheral income. Make a large sign out of cardboard with the name of your drive-in “Smith Drive-in”, etc. For a special touch, decorate the sign and surrounding entrance with Christmas lights! Decorate the entrance with old movie posters and cardboard, life-sized actor cutouts. Of course make sure that you are playing an appropriate movie such as GREASE or Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Do your best to get the best sound system/stereo you can. It can get pretty noisy with all the chatter, not to mention the horrible acoustics being outdoors. Mark off parking spaces using masking tape and applying it to the floor (assuming it isn’t on grass or other non-hard/smooth surface.) Be sure to play a cartoon beforehand. By visiting a larger video store you can often find some older, vintage cartoons such as Woody Woodpecker, Popeye and Bugs Bunny – definitely Drive-In movie favorites! If children will be sitting in tables, watching the movie while they eat, you can decorate the tables like different cars (putting wheels on the sides and fun license plates on the backs of each of the chairs.)

1950s Theme Party Activities #4: Have contests for lip-syncing to different GREASE songs or songs from the actual 50s like Great Balls of Fire and Lolly Pop. They can either be done solo or as a group. Award prizes for funniest, best overall and most creative. Of course, this contest could also be opened up to other well-known 50s songs.

1950s Theme Party Activities #5: Play name that tune – for those music enthusiasts. Lots of sheet music can be found on the Internet, with some searching. The trick is to print out key parts of each song (ones that would be recognizable without giving the song away too much…definitely not a part containing the title.) CUT OUT parts to the songs (one musical line to a half sheet.) The fun for your guests will be to try and figure out which popular 50s song is shown by only seeing a portion of the lyrics and musical notes. You can either post these snippets around the party on walls or you can make multiple copies (fitting a few on a page) and pass them out to your guests to enjoy trying to figure them out throughout the evening.

1950s Theme Party Activities #6: This is a great game that can passively last throughout the entire party. Create several records to post throughout the party area out of paper or cardboard. However, do not place all of them in easily found locations. Some of them can be in plain view (so that everyone can find a few) but most hide a bit out of site. On each of the records, write a famous 50s decade song along with its corresponding musical artist. Provide for each of your guests to have a copy of a list of all the songs to find. Next to each of the songs, they are to write the artist who wrote the song. Now, many of your guests might be able to write in several of the answers without having to find the records, which is fine. The goal is to be the first to fill out all the artists’ names by either knowing them outright, finding the record or combinations thereof. You can also instruct them that all completed sheets can be turned in to you by a certain time, then a raffle can be held among all those that are turned in for a prize. A third variation would be to offer a raffle ticket for each correct answer (the more they answer, the better chance they’ll have to win a prize at the raffle.)

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1950's Posters! - Great party decorations!

Posters make great prizes for games and parting gifts for your guests to take home after the party!

Charlie Parker Quintet 1953 Reproduction Concert Poster
Little Richard Reproduction Concert Poster
Miles Davis Quintet 1957 Reproduction Concert Poster
Chet Baker 1955 Reproduction Concert Poster
Marilyn Monroe Photo by Philippe Halsman Poster

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