Hosting a holiday party is always a fun adventure. It is fun to think of new ways to entertain friends and loved ones, especially at Christmas time. A great party idea this year would be to host a 50’s themed Christmas party.
First of all, the 1950’s have a lot of things to offer. There are fun 50’s outfits that you can purchase to wear to make the event fun. Plus there is good Christmas décor, and beautiful 50’s Christmas music that you can listen to.
Food – Serve a traditional, holiday meal that would have been served in the fifties. This can include holiday glazed ham, parsley potatoes, eggnog, green salad bowl with French dressing, individual plum puddings, broccoli, fruit cocktail, potato cubes or roast potatoes, and Parkerhouse rolls. Choose your favorite array of food items and be sure to serve on nice china.
50’s Outfits – Ask guests to dress up in traditional 50’s outfits. Adult men can wear suits and fedora hats, women can dress up as fifties housewives with heels and full dresses that reach a little below their knees. Teenagers and children can have fun with greaser outfits, poodle skirts, white t-shirts, slicked back hair, ponytails, and rolled up jeans.
Christmas Decorations – Decorations always help a party start off on the right foot. Use Christmas decorations that would have been used back in the 1950’s. These include gilt paper dollies that are red, white, or green. You can also use candles, pine cones, and fun place settings such as napkins that have the guest’s Initial on it.
Christmas Songs – Nothing brings us back to the good years of the fifties like holiday music can. Choose songs that were played on the radio during the fabulous fifties. There are literally dozens of holiday favorites that you can choose from.
One of the most popular Christmas artists during the fifties was the charming Bing Crosby. He sang the classics, such as Away in a Manger and Deck the Halls, but he also has other holiday favorites such as “White Christmas”. Other favorite artists from that time period are Burl Ives, Dean Martin, The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra, Gene Autry, Nat King Cole, Bobby Helms, Alvin & the Chipmunks, Brenda Lee, and The Ames Brothers.
Party Favors – Wrap party favors in Christmas boxes, which you can find at dollar stores. Purchase miniature classic cars from the fifties era and write the guests name on it with the date of the party. You can also choose to do a Christmas theme for favors, such as a Christmas coffee mug with a yummy treat inside.
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