Rockin' the Night Away
Party Ideas for 50s Theme Corporate Event
Invite your employees or clients to Rock Around the Clock at a company party they won't soon forget. Who wants to go to a boring cocktail party? Who wouldn't want to take a trip back to the Fabulous 50s, when rock was just beginning to roll? Take a trip back to the days when hula-hoops and silly putty provided hours of entertainment and Frankie and Annette were the couple to watch and be. This party will ROCK and show your employees that you know they are all truly special.
50's Rock n Roll Invitations
A personalized Juke Box invitation from Creations for You will get all your guests talking about the party! Be sure to ask your guests to dress in their favorite 50s gear, whether leather coats and blue jeans, poodle skirts, cinch belts and saddle shoes, or bowling shirts and capri pants. If you're hand delivering invitations at work, why not go around dressed as Greaser or wearing a poodle skirt? (You should, of course, then wear these costumes to the party)
A caricature invitation is one of a kind and can't be topped! Include the CEO of your company dressed in 50s attire for a great laugh.
Rock n Roll Decorations
Welcome guests with a personalized rocking 50s theme banner. Then go straight to the At the Hop Kit, which is perfect for your sock hop! Pick and choose from the set to fill your party room. I love the Jukebox entrance for your guests to walk through. Around the room, use the lighted record columns and Giant 3D Records. These larger than life props are truly fabulous at a party.
Be sure to have plenty of 50s music playing throughout the evening, whether played by a DJ or just on a CD player. It's a must. Doo Wop to Frankie Avalon, Bobby Darin, The Big Bopper, The Platters, Elvis Presley and Fats Domino. There are hundreds of great 50s music CD collections available!
Hang plastic records from the ceiling and have a balloon arch over the DJ or band with Mylar jukeboxes and pastel colors -and you're set for one rockin' good time! For great rock n roll decorating ideas, visit 50s Rock n' Roll Decorating411
50s Theme Centerpieces
Start with beautiful linens for your party in light pink, black and white - perfect 50s colors. I'd use black linens and accent with alternating pink and white napkins. Put the napkins in an old fashioned Coca Cola Glass. The glasses are a lot of fun and double as a favor! At each place, have a pair of 50s style sunglasses.
The Sock Hop metal centerpiece is an easy and cute centerpiece for your tables. Add pink, black and white Rock 'N Roll Balloons and sprinkle Rock n Roll confetti on the tables for a special added touch.
Another fun way to decorate the center of the table is to rent a mini jukebox. Place it in the middle of the table, and let the guests choose their own music.
Here's where you might start early and hunt for relics of the past at novelty and vintage stores. You'd be amazed at what people save and where they end up later. You will find lunch boxes, toys, kitchenware, LPs (that's records for you youngins) and more delectable goodies that will even enlighten the most cynical party-goer.
Other decorations can include model and toy Thunderbirds, hot rods or DeSotos (we all remember Mr. Cunningham's De Soto on Happy Days, do we not?). Come on, you can make this easy. Here are other remembrances of this era: Sky King, Daniel Boone, Rawhide, Cisco Kid & Poncho, the Lone Ranger, Cowboys & Indians, Rin Tin Tin, Mighty Mouse, Winky Dink & Me, James Dean, Rebel Without A Cause, Elizabeth Taylor & Rock Hudson, Rocky & Bullwinkle, Fels Naptha, Soap Operas, Diners Club Card, automatic washing machines, UFO sightings, Dr. Spock, bomb shelters, ducktail hair (DAs), motorcycles, Marlon Brando, Alan Freed (Cleveland's own!), Friday night Cantines, Sputnik, vacuum cleaners, garages, drag races, Barbie, West Side Story….and on and on.
Sock Hop Menu
Set up a fabulous 50s theme buffet for your food along a large wall. Set the mood on the wall with a fabulous 20' Fifties diner photo background. Your guests will feel like they are really at the drive-in!
Food will remind the guests of the soda shops and drive-ins that were so popular. Soda shops were around before cholesterol, so serve the greasiest cheeseburgers with the saltiest fries and the thickest milkshakes that you can create. Coca-Cola is an acceptable substitute for a milkshake, as is a malted or a chocolate phosphate. Don't forget root-beer floats. Ice cream sundaes are a must as well. Chocolate guitars, records and CDs should grace the table for after dinner (don't you think?).
On either side of your soda fountain (your bar) set up the 9' High Soda display! Balloons coming out of the top look like bubbles. It's just too cute!
Have a lip sync contest using all of your Rock & Roll favorites from the 50s. Make sure to swivel your hips if you sing a song by "Elvis the Pelvis!"
The hula-hoop is a 1950's favorite. Make sure to have more than one hoop handy so the guests can compete to see who can hula for the longest amount of time.
50s Party Favors & Prizes
Of all the themed parties we do, the Fabulous Fifties gives you the best chance to do some creative and fun party favors and prizes. How about a 50s theme Candy Bar that you can pass out at the end of the evening? Or, a personalized mint tin complete with candy. The 50s convertible tin can be found on our prom mint tin page, but is perfect for a 50s theme party.
If you're having a valet, send your guests home with one last rockin' suprise - a set of fuzzy dice hanging from the rearview mirror of their car!
So, put your poodle skirts and Greaser jackets on and get ready to blow your guests Bobby socks off at a Fabulous 50s Party!
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