Archive for April, 2010

This Mothers Day Host a Fun Tea Party

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

With Mother’s Day right around the corner it is time to plan the big day. If you are looking for something fun to do, a Mother’s Day tea party may be just your cup of tea. What better way to celebrate the mother-daughter bond than dressing up in poodle skirts, wearing fancy, decorated hats, and playing silly games with each other.

A proper tea party should be a dress-up party. Poodle skirts are a fun costume idea for a tea party. Poodle skirts are available in both adult and child sizes, so both mom and daughters will be able to wear matching costumes.

A tea party would not be a tea party with out a tea set. There are plenty of places to find a tea set that fits your needs. They come anywhere from really elegant sets to inexpensive, children tea sets.

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Preschool Dress-Up Parties

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Preschool age children love to dress up. Having a Dress up party for your preschool child’s birthday or just for fun can be a great experience for them. Here are some tips we have on how to make this preschool dress-up party fun.

Dress up parties for preschoolers can be fun for both girls and boys. Girls can dress up in fun children poodle skirts, ruffle dresses, hats and gloves. Boys can dress up in cowboy hats, bow ties, and vests. Hip Hop provides a variety of beautiful and unique children poodle skirts for you to choose from.

Invite guest’s parents to join them at the party. Having parents along can help younger preschoolers during any emotional outbursts, and provide them the security they may need during these moments. Parents may also enjoy being able to visit with other parents as they watch their children play.

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Dress Up Birthday Party For Girls

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

We recently posted an article with ideas for a preschool dress up party. Here are some more ideas, but catered towards girls instead of toddlers. Below are some suggestions on birthday party games, activities, and more dress up fun.

First, start out by finding or making the perfect party invitation. Keep with the dress up theme. You can make your own by cutting out shapes of purses or shoes. You can also find some very cute party invitations online that are catered towards a dress up birthday party.
Be sure to make the decor of the party fun. Hang streamers and balloons in similar colors, and drape feather boas around the room. Borrow mirrors to put around the “dress up room” so all the girls can see their outfits. You can use balloons as the centerpiece of the table by tying the strings to the handle of a purse.

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When the girls come to the party have the children poodle skirts and other dress up outfits ready for them. Put the children poodle skirts in a large box or trunk that they can scavenge through. It can also be fun to do a quick, simple make-over such as face painting or adding lip gloss or blush to the girls so they feel dressed up.

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Children Dressing Up In 50’s Styles

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Dressing up in the 50’s costume style can be really fun for children, mainly little girls.  There were so many styles in the 50’s that make their costumes fun and have variety.  When wondering what did people wear in the 50’s, just think of the popular movie Grease.

Some people might think that there are not many opportunities to wear these fun filled costumes, but there are several.  Older and younger children can wear them at the all-famous Halloween, themed birthday parties, and themed school dances.  Younger children can also wear them year round for dress up or play tea parties.

No matter what style of the 50’s costume is worn, they must have a lot of accessories.  Any 50’s costume style has several accessories to it.  From hats to shoes and everything in between, the 50’s styles loved their accessories.

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Dressing Up With a Tea Party

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Dressing up in children poodle skirts is a fun activity for any young girl. One fun opportunity for girls to dress up in fancy clothes and children poodle skirts is through a tea party. Even though there will not be actual “tea” served at the young table, having a sip tea party can be a lot of fun for a group of young girls.

Hosting a tea party can be beneficial for parents as well. Children will be able to practice good table manners during the tea party, and you can even teach them party etiquette such as sending out thank you notes after the party is over. Parents can also sit back and visit with other parents while the younger girls enjoy their party.

When planning a tea party the table is the main focus. Find a pretty tablecloth that fits with the theme of the party. Soft pastel colors work great.

A fun way to invite guests to the tea party is by cutting out teapot shapes and attaching a label in the shape of a tea bag. You can use ribbon or yarn to attach the tea bag label to the teapot cutout. Write the guests name on the tea bag cut out, and put any particulars on the teapot.

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Activities to Entertain Children on Rainy Days

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Waking up on a rainy day can be a real downer on children. To avoid disappointing children who would rather be playing outside, have a few activities on hand to keep children happy. Here are a few ways to avoid having boredom set in your home.

1.      Take a trip to the library. Children can look through the books there and find a few to bring home to read. A change of scenery may be a great way to boost your children’s moods.

2.      Choose educational videos for your children to watch. If your child is bent on watching a movie or playing video games, choose a fun educational ones. They can be found online or at most department stores. Children will appreciate a fun movie to watch, and parents will be happy because there is educational backing to it.

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Poodle Skirt Party for Mother’s Day

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Mothers Day is a special time for a young daughter to show her mother how much she loves her and appreciates her. There are plenty of fun activities to choose from to share with your daughter. Below are only a few ideas and suggestions for children (or dads) who are trying to think of fun activities to do on Mothers Day.

1. Make breakfast together. You may need the help of Dad on this one if there aren’t older children around. Let mom take a break and bring her breakfast in bed before she even wakes up.

2. Have a tea party together. Mother and daughter can both wear poodle skirts to dress it up more. Hip Hop offers a variety of children poodle skirts and adult poodle skirts to chose from so you can find one to fit your style.

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Quick Outline of Sock Hop History

Friday, April 9th, 2010

1. School dances during the 1950’s were normally held in school gymnasiums. This was a time when poodle skirts were popular, and so was removing shoes. To avoid getting scratches on the wood floor everyone was asked to take their shoes off. Thus, the sock hop was born.
2. Sock hops were very popular. They allowed more group activities, instead of having to arrive to the dance with an escort or date. Group dances became more popular, though couple dances continued to be favorites as well.
3. Rock and roll became popular during the 50s. Most music played at sock hops were records played on a turntable. Popular music artists of this age were Chuck Berry, Eddie Fisher, Bill Haley, and Elvis Presley.
4. Popular clothing styles worn at sock hops were poodle skirts and blue jeans. When wearing poodle skirts or jeans be sure to take off shoes for the sock hop. You could also wear other popular 50’s styles beside poodle skirts, such as greaser outfits.

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5. There are many great hairstyles to go with your poodle skirt and 50’s costume. Men wore their hair slicked back in a smooth style. Women had more options, such as wearing the classic ponytail, beehive, or tight curls.
6. Food in the fifties was similar to what is served today, just dated. Try doing a twist on the soda shop, with various old fashioned sodas available. You could also serve old school burgers and fries for a fun touch.
7. Today sock hops are still held, though not because people are afraid of a gymnasium getting scuffed up. Sock hop themes can be fun for people of all ages, and provide a great theme for a party. Participants are usually encouraged to dress up in 50’s costumes and dance with out their shoes.
8. If you are attending a modern day sock hop but are looking for inspirational ideas for your costume, there are plenty of movies you can check out to get ideas. The movie Grease is a good movie to watch since it showcases preppy styles and greaser styles. Another popular choice is the newer movie Hairspray.

Perfect Hairstyles For Your Sock Hop Event

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

50’s costumes add a lot of fun to a sock hop event. Not only will dressing up in 50’s costumes bring in more of the theme for the sock hop dance, but they will allow guests to have fun checking out all the fun 50’s costumes people came up with. Along with a fun 50’s costume, make sure that you add a great hairstyle. Here are some ideas to get your started:
Beehive Hairstyle: This hairstyle works best with large hair curlers. Roll sections of hair back instead of forward. After hair is curled, take out the rollers and pull your hair back in sections. Tease your hair to get as much volume as you can.
Volume is the main idea with this type of hairstyle. Once you have it shaped like a beehive secure it with a headband or clip. If you need inspirational ideas look at how Audrey Hepburn styled her hair in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Consider having a hairdresser do this style, since it is very time consuming.
Ponytail Hairstyle: One of the easier hairstyles worn in the 50’s. Simply pull hair backwards, even bangs, and secure hair with an elastic band. To add more flare to your costume tie a scarf around the elastic band that matches your poodle skirt or outfit.
Poodle Do: Use a small barrel curling iron to create the smallest curls possible. This style is called a Poodle do for a reason. There may be frizz, but isn’t that part of the fun?

50s costumes

50s costumes

French Plait: Girls who love braids will love this style. French plaits or french braid your hair in a style you like. Side french braids are a popular choice, as is braiding your hair and piling hair up on your head.
Bouffant: Large roller curlers are handy with getting this hairstyle right. If you would like to look like Jackie Kennedy make sure to tease your hair and make it big. Once your hair is teased enough smooth the top layer down so that you have a rounded shape or bouffant.
Remember to test out the hairstyles that you feel will work with your 50’s costume a while before the event. It can be hard to perfect these styles on the first try. Practice makes perfect.