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Nostalgic Fun With a 50's Theme Party

Introduce Your Child To The 1950's With A Theme Party

The 1950s was a wild time of innocence and wholesome fun. What a great time period to fashion a party after so that our kids can just be kids (or so adults can remember old times!). Most importantly, get the kids involved. Let them do the cutting, writing, pick out the music or whatever skills are appropriate for their age.

The Invitations

Get the word out about your 50s bash with these old-time record invitations!

You'll need:
Colored construction paper
Scissors
Glue
Markers
Three sizes of round objects to trace

Choose two colors for the invitation. Fold the piece of paper in half and trace a circle. Make sure that you trace the circle including the fold. You want the invitation to be able to open like a card.

Next, cut two sizes of smaller circles. These will form the center and center hole for the record. Glue each on the front of the card.

Now write on the invitation. Be creative! Use the computer or your own handwriting. Let the kids write or draw on it. Use stickers. You could even glue some glitter onto the outside to make it sparkle.

Setting the Mood

Create a 1950s feel with these fun decorations!

You'll need:
Construction paper
Glue
Scissors
String or yarn
Three sizes of round objects to trace

Oldies Records
Choose the paper color and then trace the largest circle object on a piece of paper. (You do not have to stick with black and brown!) Cut it out carefully. Do the same with another color paper for the second largest circle, and the smallest circle color can match the largest circle. Glue these together. Poke a small hole along the edge, and hang them from the ceiling, doorways or tabletops with yarn or string. Place them flat on the tables and around the food and drinks. Attach them to the walls with tape.

Musical Notes
Free-hand these on the paper color of your choice and hang them with the records. Glue some on top of the record decorations to make things look more interesting.

What to Wear

Don't just decorate the room – be sure to dress the part! Girls can wear full skirts, ribbons and ponytails, bobby socks and tennis shoes. Boys will look the part wearing a white T-shirt with the sleeves rolled up and blue jeans. If it's cool out, throw on a leather jacket or old high school letter sweater!

Poodle Skirt or Scarves
Make this simple skirt for your child to wear, or have this be an activity during the party. Let the children take their skirt or scarf home as a party favor!

You'll need:
Fabric (approximately 1/2 yard per person)
Pinking shears
Fabric glue
Colored cotton balls or pompoms
Marker
Sticky back Velcro

The material needed is approximate. You might need more or less depending on the size of the children. First, cut a square of material for each child. (Hint: If you cut it with the pinking shears, it will create an edge that you will not need to stitch!) Fold the square once in half and again in half so that you have a quartered smaller square.

Next, draw a very large outside semi-circle so that when you cut along the curved line you will have a perfect circle when it is opened up. Before you open it up, however, cut a smaller semi-circle for the waist area.

Lay the circle flat and cut it so that the kids can wrap it around themselves. You may want to pre-make the skirts before the party unless your kids are old enough to help you do it. To close the waist, purchase the sticky back Velcro strips and have the kids stick them on the smaller semi-circle to hold the skirt closed.

To decorate the poodle, draw the outline for the kids, or they can use their own imagination and create their own design. Give them some glue, colored cotton balls or pompoms and let them go! You will be amazed at their creativity!

Coonskin Caps

You'll need:
Brown construction paper
Glue
Scissors
Colored cotton balls or pompoms

Cut the paper in half lengthwise. Glue two strips together to form a circle (the hat without a top). Next, bend a small 1-inch portion on the end of a third strip of paper and glue it to the bottom of the back of the "cap." You might want to prepare step one and two before your kids arrive, depending on the age of your party. Give the kids some glue and colored cotton balls or pompoms and let them cover their hat.

The Music

The 1950s was full of music – new and old. Search for some Elvis, Frankie Avalon, Ricky Nelson, Pat Boone tunes or American Bandstand songs. Have the music playing as the kids come in. Give them some room to bounce around and dance while everyone is arriving.

Party Games

There were several toys that made their way into our lives in the 1950s: hula hoops, Legos, Frisbees, Mr. Potato Head, Barbie and the little red wagon, just to name a few. Use your imagination and the age of the kids to revamp these toys we still have today into some good clean inside and outside fun! Here are some ideas!

Off to the Races!
Who can hula hoop the longest? Or hula together with the same hoop or try jump-rope races with the hula hoops.

Lego Fun
Who can build the tallest tower out of Legos? Draw several patterns of Lego buildings or towers on a poster and see who can duplicate it the quickest.

Frisbee Fun
Partners face each other. Give each pair a Frisbee and throw it back and forth. Each time they catch it successfully they must take one step backward. Let them continue this until only one pair is still standing. Set up a small course with objects for them to hit, throw through, over or under with their Frisbees. Choose a partner and throw through the course.

Mr. or Mrs. Potato Head Art
Give each person a real potato and some handmade facial features. Explain to them that this was the way the original Mr. Potato Head was played. Let them create their own masterpieces. Depending on their age, they could make their own facial features for their potato.

Dance Contests
Play some music from the 1950s, and teach them some of the dances from the decade. Have your very own sock hop! Kids of all ages love to bounce around and dance. Let them make up their own dances, and then have a dance contest!

Party Favors

The color pink became extremely popular in the 1950s. Find some pink favor bags or make your own with some scrap material and a cute ribbon. Fill it with the candies that made their debut in the 50s: Tootsie Rolls, Jawbreakers, Candy discs on a sheet, Necco Wafers, Wax lips and Bit-o-Honey. (Select the candy by the ages of your guests. Hard candies are a choking hazard.)

Have a great time and above all, remember to involve your kids – and not just with the party – let them help plan and decorate for it!

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