Hula hoops, jump ropes, hopscotch, dancing, books, American Girl dolls, and our home diner. It made sense to do a Sock Hop to pull it all together.
|Sock Hop Birthday with Hula Hoops, DIY Poodle Skirts for girl and doll|
Yes, our kitchen is a diner. We can seat 16 people including our bar. (I'll be posting pics of it and a tutorial for the long indoor awning I just made for the window in May.)
Birthday Banner printed on cardstock using Horseshoes and Lemonade font (get it free here). Then I used mini clothes pins to attach each letter to a red ribbon and hang across the window.
You make me want to SHOUT!
GRAFFITI WALL GUEST BOOK:
The girls loved signing the Graffiti Wall. We nailed up a thin board and had guests sign it. We decided to keep the board all the time and let anyone who visits our diner sign it. Once the board gets full we will keep it and put up another one. We love having this visual reminder of our favorite friends and family.
I also enjoy the vintage sign that reads "Best buns on the beach."
|Graffiti wall in our home diner, used as a guest book.|
Girls in 1st grade love jumping rope.
There were so many options for 50's games that these girls loved. Jump roping, hula hooping, dancing to the Juke Box, Limbo, hopscotch and hand jive.
It was raining when the party started so we quickly made a hop scotch with blue painters tape down our hallway. Every time the girls went back and forth they hopped on the squares. Then they'd go through the hanging record door I found at a local party shop.
Limbo (using a curtain rod) was a hit. Dad and brother were soda jerks.
My mom had the Elvis cut-out so we put him on the front door to greet the girls as they arrived.
Cat Eye sun glasses from the Target dollar bins. Jump ropes and hula hoops from the dollar store. (All of these items are best found in the summer, harder during cold months.) Popcorn favor boxes were 2 for $1.00 at the Dollar store (I've seen them at Target's dollar bin too).
The mini Coke glasses were at the dollar store 2 for $1.00. The straw holder came from our local grocery store in their cookware isle.
The Diner silly bands happened to be at the Family Dollar Store.
I made the no-sew felt poodle skirts for $6 each. See how here.
I happened to catch this great pic of my daughter that looked similar to my mom's from the 50's.
MENU: You have to use diner slang.
1. Soda Jerk Hat, hat from party supply store, we printed the words then glued onto hat.
2. Mini Menu so we could teach kids diner slang.
3. Hot Dogs in diner baskets. 4 for $1 at Target Dollar section. I've had mine for a year for our diner but I've seen them off and on at Target.
4. Coke glasses from the dollar store
5. Ice cream cone and hamburger cupcakes. See Hamburger Cupcake Tutorial Here.
* Update, May 16. I just found another 50's party online. See Kim's Kandy Kreations 50's desert table and record banner. And a behind the scenes treats here. Great ideas here for table decoration, juke box candy bouquet, hanging music notes. Printable 50's BINGO game.
And this adorable 50's Sock Hop at Busy Me, Busy with Three has great 50's ideas.
Free Printable 50's Invitation
Sweet Craft Cakes has some awesome 50's Free printables for teacher appreciation.
Some tags are blank that you could adapt for signs or labels at a 50's party. Go to Sweet Craft Cakes for the Free download.
Additional Pictures of this party can be seen at Catch My Party
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