50s Party Ideas

Do you want to “Shake , Rattle & Roll”? There’s no better way then to have a 50s Party. Be creative with your 50’s party invitations and invite all your T Birds and Pink Ladies, and turn your garage or backyard into a Drive In Movie Theater.

Or have a 1950’s Sock Hop with everyone in their best 50s outfit doing “The Twist“ or “Hand Jive“. Turn your house into a 1950’s Diner and serve 15 cent hamburgers and ice cream sundaes. Have your 1950’s party in a decorated Bowling alley or Roller Rink. A 50’s Rock & Roll Party is the perfect way to get “A Whole Lot Of Shakn’ Going On!

50s Party Decorations and 50's Party Supplies

  • 50’s colours: Hot pink, Turquoise, Black and White
  • A real or inflatable Jukebox
  • Vinyl 9" plastic "45" records hanging from the ceiling
  • Old style red upholstered booths
  • Black and white tile floors
  • Old fashioned napkin holders or Themed napkins
  • Old fashion Ketchup bottles
  • Centerpiece use sundae glasses filled with carnations
  • Have some old toy cars like a Convertible pink Cadillac or 57’ Chevy
  • Hanging musical note balloons
  • Hanging Brass instrument balloons
  • Hot pink and turquoise party streamers
  • Make a "Dolls" sign on the girls bathroom door and "Guys" on the boys
  • Guitar confetti
  • Confetti, Musical Notes
  • Rock & Roll party plates
  • 1950’s posters
  • Grease movie posters
  • Hanging inflatable guitars

1950s Costumes

  • Poodle skirt outfit
  • Bowling shirt
  • Cuffed jeans
  • White t-shirt with rolled sleeves
  • Scarves tie around the neck
  • Sunglasses
  • Rolled up jeans
  • Pink ladies jacket
  • Ponytail with a pink ribbon
  • Hair in tight ringlets
  • Black leather jacket
  • Hair slicked back
  • Button up blouses
  • Saddle shoes
  • Bobby socks
  • Beehive hairstyle

Popular costumes:

  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Elvis Presley
  • James Dean
  • Roy Orbison
  • Barbie & Ken
  • Johnny Cash
  • Characters from the movie “Grease”

50s Party Food and Drink

  • Burgers or hotdogs and fries served in white checked baskets
  • Have a Popcorn machine and make popcorn
  • Onion rings
  • Strawberry, Vanilla or Chocolate Ice cream sundaes
  • Milkshakes
  • Root beer floats
  • Coke in old Coke bottles
  • Lemonade
  • Ice Tea
  • Jelly Beans

50s Party Activities and Games

  • Bubble gum blowing contest
  • Hula hoop contest
  • Pin The Cherry On The Sundae
  • Limbo contest
  • Have a Drag Race by blowing hot wheels across a table with a straw
  • 50's trivia
  • 50's Karaoke
  • Air band or lip sync contest
  • Dance contest by doing the :
  1. Splish-Splash
  2. The Hop
  3. The Twist
  4. Hand Jive
  5. Mashed Potato
  1. Happy Days, Westside Story, American Graffiti, I Love Lucy

50s Party Favors

  • Put favours in old fashion lunch boxes or record shaped candy bags
  • Rock & roll tattoos
  • Rock & roll stickers
  • Bazooka bubble gum
  • Candy necklaces
  • Liquorice
  • Inflatable Instruments
  • Slide whistles
  • Old fashioned hard candy sticks
  • Tootsie rolls
  • Pencils with musical notes on them
  • Bumper stickers
  • Key chains
  • Comb
  • Paddle balls
  • Jacks
  • Pick-up sticks
  • Finger traps
  • Hamburger shaped yo-yos
  • Ice cream cone bubble necklaces
  • Mini slinky
  • Atomic fireballs
  • Fuzzy dice
  • Silly putty
  • Jump ropes
  • Lip-gloss compact

Top 20 1950's Party Songs

  1. Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
  2. Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
  3. Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley & His Comets
  4. Tutti-Frutti - Little Richard
  5. Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On - Jerry Lee Lewis
  6. What'd I Say - Ray Charles
  7. Summertime Blues - Eddie Cochran
  8. Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
  9. Long Tall Sally - Little Richard
  10. That'll Be The Day - Buddy Holly & the Crickets
  11. Maybellene - Chuck Berry
  12. Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley
  13. Shake, Rattle And Roll - Joe Turner
  14. Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins
  15. Don't Be Cruel - Elvis Presley
  16. Bye Bye Love - Everly Brothers
  17. Great Balls Of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
  18. Earth Angel - Penguins
  19. Why Do Fools Fall In Love - Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
  20. Good Golly Miss Molly - Little Richard

Some of my other personal favourites:
Peggy Sue - Buddy Holly, Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino, I Walk The Line - Johnny Cash, The Great Pretender - Platters, Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley, Yakety Yak - Coasters, All Shook Up - Elvis Presley, Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash, Susie Q - Dale Hawkins, Wake Up Little Susie - Everly Brothers, Shake, Rattle And Roll - Bill Haley & His Comets, Love Potion No. 9 - Clovers