Archive for 2010

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.

Meals to Serve at Sock Hop Parties This Summer

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Serving the right food will help kick off your sock hop the right way. Although people can be decked out in 50’s poodle skirts and the music might be great, food helps keep it fun for guests. There are a lot of different options available for you to choose from so you can have the ultimate 50s meal.

One idea is to do meals like those served in a soda shop. Serve a hamburger or hot dog with a basket of fries or onion rings. You can even top it off with an old fashioned soda.

For dessert shakes and malts are a fun idea. Use a few blenders and make the shakes up yourself. Root beer floats are another easy idea.

Serve ice cream sundaes with the shakes if you would like. Sundaes are delicious and are easy to make. All you have to do is put out toppings and dish out ice cream. Guests can top their sundaes themselves so they get toppings they like.


Decorating Tips for a Summer Sock Hop

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Having the perfect decorations for your sock hop this summer can transform an average party in to a really great one. Poodle skirts and 50’s costumes make the party fun, as does great food. Party decorations, however, are the first thing your guests will see when they come so it is important to have good decorations.

One idea is to put a jukebox in the corner. Jukeboxes can usually be rented through party supply stores for a small fee. If you cannot find one, there are many blow-up jukeboxes or a paper jukebox you can find through party retailers online.

Create a balloon arch in your party’s theme color. Using a PVC pipe in the shape of an arch, tie balloons filled with helium with wire. You can dangle decorations from the center of the arch for an added touch. Place the arch in front of the entrance.

Use cars for decorations. Find real or constructed 1950’s cars to bring in the 50’s theme of the sock hop. A great car was the 57′ Chevy. Ask around to see if anyone would be willing to loan their relic cars for the sock hop dance.


Ideas For Costumes to Wear to a Sock Hop

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Sock hops became famous in the 1950s when the lively music and dance moves caused dancers to remove their shoes so they would not ruin the dance floors. Sock hops can be a great summer activity. If you are either hosting or invited to a sock hop showing up in a great 50’s costume is essential.

Start your search by looking for items you already own. Look through your closet, or better yet your parents closet. I have found some pretty amazing finds for 50’s costumes by raiding my grandmother’s clothes she kept from her college days.

sock hop poodle skirt

sock hop poodle skirt

You can also find inspiration for 50’s costumes by looking through old family photo albums. You can also find good ideas by searching online. Here are some common 50’s costumes of that time period.


Tips for Hosting a Sock Hop Dance This Summer

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

If you are looking for a way to have some good, clean fun this summer look no further. A sock hop provides this opportunity! Sock hops provide wonderful ways for people to get together and mingle with one another. It can also work well as a fundraiser or community event.

Do not get stressed about hosting the sock hop. Use a committee to help you plan the details. A party planning committee will really help make sure all the important areas are taken care of.

These areas should include sock hop decorations, venues, games and entertainment, food, and publicity. Ask people to work on specific parts of the sock hop dance to make sure everything is covered and taken care of. You can also have someone in charge of invitations and keeping track of guests who will be coming.

sock hop & poodle skirts

sock hop & poodle skirts


Fun Ideas For Adult Birthday Bashes in the Summertime

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Don’t leave all the fun birthday planning for kids parties. Adults can be fun too. Summertime is the perfect time to shrug off the colder months and have a bright outlook and a great party.

First, you must decide on a party theme. Themes usually come with ideas on decorations, food, and even costumes if you want to make it more fun. Depending on the theme, the guests can wear 50’s poodle skirts, Hawaiian shirts or even flapper dresses from the 20’s. Here are our top 5 ideas for birthday parties for the summer:

1. Roaring 20’s – Decade parties are always fun, and the 1920’s is as good a decade as any. Top hats, gangster apparel, and flapper dresses make this party fun. Find great music to play, and have fun with the decorations and food choices.

2. Luau – Sick and tired of winter? A luau is the perfect way to break in to summer. Host a luau birthday party full of bright decorations, delicious food, fun music, andHawaiian decorations.


Looking For Fun Summer Dance Themes? Do a Sock Hop Dance!

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

The 1950’s represent a fun era. The dancing style is one that is looked back on with a favor. The clothes they wore back then, whether it was jeans or a 50’s poodle skirt, showed the fun that these dancers and musicians enjoyed during the 50’s era.

This year experience a 1950’s theme with your dances. A sock hop theme is a great theme leading in to the summer. A sock hop allows all the dancers to get to know the songs and dance styles of the 50’s era.

To get the feel of the era make sure the dressers dress the part. Wear fun 50’s costumes, such as poodle skirts and rolled up jeans. Depending on the dance and music you decide to use, other 50’s costumes can be used as well.

Sock hops work great for school dances or church events. With the many styles involved students would not necessarily need to bring a date to the dance, which can be nice for some students. Groups of friends can have just as much fun as much fun.


More Exciting Red Hat Stories of Adventure and Fun

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

It is no surprise that most girls love to dress up in costumes. Girls love to dress up in costumes like tiaras, pearls, poodle skirts, and boas. Red Hatters have taken that love to dress up with them to their activities. Now, 50 years later, women can still dress up in their boas, poodle skirts and fun hats at every single Red Hat Society event. Below are some more examples of the fun events that are hosted through the Red Hat Society.

The Pearly Girls, of Broome, Australia, decided to take their event to the beach. They hosted the Zoom Into Broome event at Cable Beach, with nearly fifty Red Hatters attending. They enjoyed the white sandy beach, beautiful sunsets, and rides on camels.

Red Hat Society & Poodle Skirts

Red Hat Society & Poodle Skirts

The Bodacious Babes of Manhattan Beach, California, decided to leave America and travel to Africa for one of their events. These Red Hat ladies traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa to honor the Zulu women and their special connection to a unique red hat. Traditionally, the Zulu women wear a special red hat at the time of their marriage and they never take that red hat off.


Fun Red Hat Events

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Dressing up in 50’s poodle skirts and other costumes can be a very fun activity. Dressing up in red hats, purple outfits, and even purple 50’s poodle skirts if they desire, is one aspect of Red Hat Society events. Below are a few example of fun things that Red Hatters have done at Red Hat Society events across the world.

Parades are a popular event for Red Hatters. In Florida the LPGN Ladybugs decided to enter in the “Keepers Day” parade in Lighthouse Point. They dressed up in full garb, purple 50’s poodle skirts, boas, pearls, and rode through the streets in a trolley.

In Alberta, Canada the Red Hot Mamas decided to enter a float in their town’s parade. They designed the float to be a huge red hat. They ended up winning 1st prize in the parade.

red hats & poodle skirts

red hats & poodle skirts


The Exciting Stories of Red Hatter Adventures

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Girls love to dress up in children poodle skirts, bulky shoes that were much to big for them, and princess dresses. How wonderful that years later, these same girls can still have fun dressing up in poodle skirts, hats, and fun outfits for Red Hat events. Here are five stories of the fun events these women have dressed up for.

1. In North Carolina the Gaston Girly Girls and Red Hatters B.A.L.L. chapters decided to participate in a parade together. The Gastonia Christmas Parade was held in Gastonia, North Carolina. They had fun dressing up in the parade. Poodle skirts are very fun costumes to wear during parades.

2. The Strawberry Tarts and Motueka Pacific Roses hosted a convention together in New Zealand. They wanted to have a fun adventure, and adventure they had. The convention was held at the top of the South Island and they decided to tour the Island.

Poodle Skirts & Red Hat Society

Poodle Skirts & Red Hat Society