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How to Plan an Amazing Sock Hop For the Holidays

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Looking to liven up your holiday season? Throw a sock hop. Sock hop dances are a wonderful way for people to get together and celebrate for the holidays.

Start with a great invitation. Invitations are the first thing your guests will look at so be sure that you have a fun invitation to share. You can make hand-made invitations or purchase ones that have a 50’s theme.

Another important aspect of sock hops is the costume choices. 50’s attire is mandatory to pull off a successful sock hop. This means wearing bobby socks, saddle shoes, cuffed jeans, leather jackets, poodle skirts, and cat glasses.

Dances need really good music to dance to. Stick to the popular classic choices with your music. Elvis Presley and Bill Haley will definitely liven up the dance party.

You could hire a choreographer to teach some fun 50’s dance moves to people who are interested. There are quite a few fun dance steps including the bop, the hand jive, and the cha cha. Some people like to have the choreographer teach guests the dance moves an hour or half  hour before the dance starts so they can use those moves during the dance.


Costume Makeup Opportunities and Surprises

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

There are many occasions that provide opportunities to dress in costume. Whether it’s Halloween, a play, or simply a fun night out costumes can change your night from dull to enchanting. Almost any costume you wear can include some type of makeup.

Costume makeup really makes your costume come to life. People are constantly looking into your face and if your face plays the part, then so do the rest of you. The time you will need to spend on your costume will depend on what your costume actually is.
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Many costumes portray people as different animals or creatures. The make up that is worn with these costumes should be done to fit the specific creature. There are different techniques that can give the make up the appearance of fur or hair. There is even makeup that can give dimension to your face and other parts of your body.

This dimensional makeup is also used to depict injuries like scars or skin lacerations. It can even change the shape of a nose, cheekbones, or mouth if that is required. It opens the door for so much creativity and accuracy that really adds to the costume and character.

Many times make up is done just to give a stage presence to characters in a play. Most semi- professional and professional acting groups require their actors and actresses to wear makeup especially mascara and/or fake eye lashes. The reason for this is to add distinction to their faces so people in the audience can see more detail in the play. It also accentuates facial expressions and emotions.


What to Wear With a Poodle Skirt

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Dressing up isn’t always easy work. There is a lot of time and preparation involved. When dressing up in a 50’s poodle skirt, this is an especially true statement.

It is important to know how to dress up in a poodle skirt. You should know what items go with the skirt and how to wear your hairstyle. It is also important to know what shoes go with a poodle skirt.

Dressing up in clothing from the 50’s can be fun. Choosing a poodle skirt to wear brings you a few options for accessories and complimentary clothing attire. For example, you can wear saddle shoes, oxford shoes, or white tennis shoes with the skirt.

Saddle shoes usually were in two main combination colors. Those combination’s were white and black, or white and navy. These two combination’s were the most popular options, though they were not by any means the only combination used.


Perfect 50’s Costume Ideas

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Are you having a hard time finding the perfect 50’s costume? Are you looking for something fun for Halloween or a fifties party? You are not the only one.

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Greaser – Men can dress up as the ultra cool grease dude. This costume consists of wearing a white t-shirt, slicked back hair, and rolled up tight jeans. Don’t forget the bad boy leather jacket to pull this look off.

Elvis – Elvis is a popular 50’s costume choice. There are a lot of costumes already put together for this famous music icon. If you want to piece the costume together on your own, find a good Elvis wig with side burns and move to finding clothing options that work for the rock-n-roll mega star.


Easy Halloween Costume Ideas

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Halloween is a great time for families and kids. It means dressing up in fun attire and doing fun crafts, like carving pumpkins. If you need some inspiration for easy costume ideas, look no further. This is the article for you.

Tourist- Grab your dad’s Hawaiian shirt and some tacky shorts. Top it off with a goofy hat your dad also probably has, and wear a camera around your neck. Don’t forget to pull your socks up as high as they can go.

Scuba Diver – If you have some snorkel gear take advantage of it. They make for a fun dress up costume. Put on your wet suit, snorkel mask, and if you want you can incorporate the flippers in some way as well.

50’s Sock Hop Dancer – Find that sock hop dressing attire for this fun 50’s costume. Girls can wear a cardigan with a poodle skirt and guys can wear a letterman’s jacket with jeans. Greaser outfits, such as a white t-shirt and leather jacket, also make a good sock hop costume.

Good Ol’ Grandma – Use a dress that is a few sizes too big for you and use pillows to fill it up. Use granny glasses and a scarf to use over your head for a shawl. Be sure to wear knee high socks that show underneath the dress and wear with granny shoes.


The Distinct Style of the 50’s

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

The 1950’s offered many great distinctive styles. A lot of these styles can be replicated in today’s fashions. Many people who like to dress in vintage clothing choose to wear clothing from the sock hop era of the 50s.

As far as specific clothing choices that were popular during this time, women typically wore blouses that were tucked in to their poodle skirts. They also sometimes wore Capri pants and jeans. They also liked to wear cardigans to go with their blouses.

Bathing suits were usually one-piece suits. These bathing suits were halter tops or strapless. Women liked to wear saddle shoes, pumps, stiletto heels, or penny loafers.

The men also had snazzy fashion choices. They usually wore white t-shirts with jeans.  They topped those off with leather jackets, lettermen jackets, or bowling jacks.


Plan a Sock Hop Dance This Fall

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Hosting a 50’s style sock hop dance at your high school is a great idea. This fall you can really have a great 50’s dance event. All you have to do is a little preparation, and you will have a smash hit.


Have fun with your decorations. You won’t have to deal with the hot sun during this time, so you will have a little more freedom with what you choose to use for your sock hop food and decorations. Things won’t melt or get ruined because of the hot sun this time.

Incorporate the 50’s theme with your decorations. Place pictures of 50’s Hollywood stars around the room, hang old records, and have an inflatable jukebox. 50’s cars are also another great decorating choice.


Have a Sock Hop This Halloween

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

With Halloween only a month away, it is time to start planning the ultimate holiday party. You want to have a themed party that will be fun for all of your friends. A sock hop party will do just that.

Think of what you would like to do at your Halloween party. Incorporate the holiday and mix it with the 50’s theme. Everyone wants to dress up for Halloween, so what better way than to include all your friends in with the same type of costume ideas and styles.

For party favors you can buy inexpensive sunglasses from a dollar store. Place an orange napkin in between the folds of the sunglasses. For girls, you can add pearls on their table setting. Your guests can use these party favors as an accessory to their costume.

For the meal, include a burger and fries. Instead of serving coca cola, make homemade root beer. The dry ice can make quite an eerie decoration for the party, and you will impress your guests with your delicious homemade root beer in the process.


Steps to Starting a Summer Car Show Blog

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Today, anyone can start a blog. It doesn’t matter what your skill level, age, or place of residence. With blogging tools becoming more and more simplified, blogging is now accessible to everyone.

The most important thing to consider in starting a blog is your topic. As we go through this tutorial, we will focus on how you can create a blog about summer car shows or car hops. However, the instructions can be applied to all types of blogs.

Step 1: Assuming you have already decided on the topic of your blog (which we have), the next step is to choose a blogging platform, or the site that will host your blog. The two most popular platforms are Blogger and Wordpress. Either platform would be great for starting a summer car show blog, so choose the one that is easy for you to use and that you feel fits best with what you will use it for.

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More Fun Red Hat Events

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Red Hatters definitely know how to have a fun time. Dressing up in red hats, poodle skirts, and purple boas are only one aspect of their events. Here are some of the activities these women do every year while dressed up in the fun outfits and poodle skirts.

In California a group of Red Hatters celebrated a Red Hat Society Day. Visitors from 15 Red Hat chapters came to celebrate the event, and even had visitors all the way from Indiana. These women celebrated the day by crossing the Sundial Bridge, in Redding, California.

Not every Red Hat event needs the involvement of the entire Red Hat Chapter. One woman, Delores Barton, from Kawaiisu, Indonesia went on a Cruise and kept her Red Hat sisters involved by sending them updates and pictures of her cruise. She cruised around the globe, and thanks to the Red Hat discussion boards they were able to be a part of her fun adventure with her.

A chapter in St. Louis, Missouri decided to have a luncheon at the St. Louis Science Center. The Red Hat Mini-Makers really enjoyed learning new things with the science exhibits there. They especially enjoyed the newest exhibit “Sue, the T.Rex”.