Archive for the ‘Sock Hops’ Category

Car Hops at Antique Car Shows

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Antique car shows are a great venue for car hops. It can be very simple to set up a drive-in style catering event to make the antique car show a lot more fun. Having a waiter or waitress bring food to people in their cars can be a great way to make a car show that much more exciting.

Make an antique car show fun by serving good food that deal with a fifties theme. A good choice of food would be hamburgers and fries. You can also serve ice cream sundaes and milkshakes.

A car hop can be a fun way to bring customer’s their food. Servers can bring the food out to people in their car in roller skates and poodle skirts. Have them wear car hop costumes and have fun with the drive-in-car hop theme.
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Car hop costumes include sock hop attire. Poodle skirts, white socks, and a ponytail for girls, and blue jeans and a white t-shirt with hair slicked back is a great choice for guys. Add roller skates and you have the perfect car hop costume.

If you are looking for inspiration for car hops you can look for car hop costume videos online or on YouTube. There are also other older television shows or movies that often used car hops. The most popular shows were Happy Days and American Graffiti.

While most television shows and movies showed that waiters and waitresses brought food to the cars mainly in roller skates, that is not always true. A lot of waiters and waitresses did not use roller skates. On the contrary, most car hops worked on foot.

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FUN 50’s Poodle Skirts!

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Retro 50’s clothing styles bring back images of FUN! This is especially true for the poodle skirt. When we see a poodle skirt, we think of dancing – the fun 50’s swing dancing.

Although poodles weren’t the only embellishment used on skirts in the 50’s, for some reason they are the best remembered. To bring back the nostalgia of the 50’s, poodles are the animal of choice to have on your skirt, complete with a leash. Traditionally the leash looped from the poodle’s neck up to the skirt’s belt.

Many poodle skirts are made to be a full circle of fabric with an opening for the girl’s waist. This way as the girl twirls around dancing, the skirt naturally spins out from her body. Of course poodle skirts are worn with lots of fluffy petticoats underneath to help fluff them out even more.

A short sleeved sweater or cotton blouse is often worn with a poodle skirt. And don’t forget the traditional pony tail with a ribbon tied in your hair. Bobby socks and saddle shoes or white tennis shoes will complete your outfit for a truly retro look.

Plus size poodle skirts can be very flattering as the fullness of the hemline contrasted with tightness at the waist can draw the eye in. Wearing a contrasting belt helps in this case. This helps create a sculptured silhouette.

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This Mothers Day Host a Fun Tea Party

Tuesday, May 4th, 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.

Be sure to do a fun craft with each other, either before or during the party. One fun idea is to make a high-tea party hat to wear during the tea party. An easy way of doing this is to buy a fun sun hat and then glue on fake flowers and plastic jewels.

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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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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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