Hosting a Holiday Party?

November 16th, 2010

The holidays are always fun. One of the best things is being able to spend time with family and friends. Holiday parties make get-togethers even more fun. Here are some great holiday party themes that you can incorporate this year.

Ugly Sweater Party – Have fun with those ugly, old, cheesy sweaters that people wear around Christmas. Guests will have fun dressing up in sweaters they no longer want to be seen in public wearing. Have some hot cocoa with donuts and have the main activity be socializing, though pictures of the event will be necessary.

Winter Wonderland – Host a winter party for your guests. String up winter decorations, such as snowflake ornaments and snowmen. Be sure to serve yummy wintery foods, such as soup.

Decade Party – Ask guests to dress up in different decade costumes. For example one couple could be asked to dress up in 50’s costumes and poodle skirts while another family could be asked to dress up in 80’s attire. You could even choose to have everyone dress up from the same decade. If you decide to do that it’s a good idea to choose a popular decade that has easy to access costumes. The 50’s are a good choice since poodle skirts and grease outfits are easy to come by. Poodle skirts especially are easy to recognize as a costume from the 50’s.

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Teenage Sense of Style in the Fifties

November 11th, 2010

Through out history there has been a distinction between how children, teenagers, young adults, and adults dress themselves. Styles have come and gone through out history. But one thing remains the same – a very distinct difference in clothing styles with teenagers.

During the 1950’s teenagers had quite a few options as far as 50’s outfits were concerned. There were the preppy outfits, the jock outfits, and the new greaser outfits. Each of these styles was a popular 50’s fashion choice.

Girls who were more on the preppy side wore skirts and blouses. They wore soft cardigans over their blouses. They wore their hair curled and sometimes put a bow in their hair.

The skirts varied in styles, but the most popular option was the famous poodle skirt. The poodle skirt was often made out of felt or wool, or heavier material. The term poodle skirt came from the appliqués that teenagers liked to add to their skirt to make it more personal and cute. These appliqués were things such as poodles and music records.

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The Fashionable Fifties

November 10th, 2010

When we think of the fifties we typically think of the usual things. We think of pink poodle skirts, sock hops, slicked back hair, grease jackets, carhops, and great music. A lot of us remember the great fashion choices back in the day.

It is no wonder that we think of the way people dressed in the fifties. They had some really amazing 50’s outfits. There were a lot of great styles during the fifties, and a lot of great choices to pick from.

Many famous designers emanated from this time period. Coco Chanel, for example, created the Chanel suits for women. Christian Dior and Savatore Ferragamo were also influential designers during this time period.

Actresses also made many of the 50’s outfits fashionable. Audrey Hepburn was one such actress. She was the actress that made the ballet flat shoe fashionable during the fifties.

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Why You Should do a Sock Hop this Holiday Season

November 5th, 2010

With the holidays approaching, now is the perfect time to begin planning a fun and festive event for your friends and family.  There are several holiday activities that you could choose from.  Why not add an annual sock hop as a new tradition?

Strolling right down memory lane can be  memorable experience for all.  With a few simple things to think about and prepare you’ll quickly be ready to amaze everyone with you’re great entertainment.  These include invitations, decorations, costumes, food, music and games.

There are many creative ways to invite your guests to your party. You could use black construction paper to make a record, inviting people to come for a “swinging party.”  You could cut out a picture of a clock and inviting people to come “rock around the clock” at your sock hop.  There are many possibilities.  Just put something along with your 50’s theme.

Next you need to start thinking decorations.  You could set your room up like a high school gym, or a diner.  Add an old-fashioned jukebox and you have a decoration and entertainment in one.

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What To Do With Your 50’s Halloween Costume AFTER The Holiday

November 3rd, 2010

Halloween has come and gone. Now it is time to decide what to do with your Halloween choice. Do you pack it away in storage, never to be used again? Or do you keep your awesome 50’s costume nearby for some of these amazing events you can put on through out the year.

50’s Themed Party – Host a 50’s party. Invite family and friends to come dressed in their fifties attire. Your 50’s costume will definitely come in handy for a fifties gathering.

Birthday Party – Having a hard time coming up with a theme for your child’s birthday party? Have a fifties theme. Make it fun for girls by having them dress up in adorable poodle skirts, and boys can have fun slicking back hair and putting on fake tattoos.

Dress Up Party – Every girl loves a dress up party. Your child’s poodle skirt will work perfectly for this. Include your own, and some of your other fun dresses, shoes, and hats for girls to use to dress up in.

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Costume Makeup Opportunities and Surprises

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.

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How to Host the Ultimate Halloween Party!

October 26th, 2010

Throwing the ultimate Halloween party can be a lofty goal. Halloween is only a few days away, but if you are looking for some fun, last minute party planning ideas, look no further. Enjoy some party tips on us.

Have a costume party. Ask guests to dress up. There are a variety of amazing costumes to choose from. 1950’s costumes are a great option. 1950’s costumes are comfortable and fun. You can also do couple-themed costume options, or have a general costume party where guests can choose what they want to wear.
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Remember to throw out invitations. Since this is so last minute your best option will be through an e-mail or electronic invitation. Electronic invitations, or e-vites, give you a lot of fun options that your guests will appreciate. It is also an easy way for guests to RSVP.

Decorate your home with Halloween themed decorations. Draw tombstones on cardboard and put them up in your backyard. Hang spider webs across the room. There are plenty of decorations in stores now that you can choose from.

Plan fun activities if you are hosting a party with children. Children will get bored quickly with out them. A good way to do this is by playing average games, but adding a “Halloween” twist to it.

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Decorating Tips For a 50’s Bedroom

October 25th, 2010

Are you trying to find inspiration for decorating your home? A 50’s styled room can be an amazing décor option for a bedroom. Here are a few decorating ideas on how to make the perfect 50’s bedroom.

Bring in a jukebox. A jukebox will pull in the 50’s theme easily. You can bring in an actual jukebox to double as a CD player, or put a stencil of it on the wall.

Decorate room with records. If a jukebox is not your cup of tea, you can still decorate and bring in the classic 550's style clothing0’s theme by portraying music records in your room. You can display a few on the wall, or display record covers as part of the wall art.

Make your photos look antique. If you have a favorite family picture opt to put it in black and white instead of in color. If you want to go the extra step you can even set up a photo session with your family wearing 50’s style clothing in the picture. 50’s style clothing can be bought online or rented at costume shops.

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50’s Party Invitations Ideas

October 20th, 2010

Life is supposed to be celebrated. A party is one way to make life more fun. Celebrate a special event or party just because you want to have fun. Either way, celebrations are a great activity to do.
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A great party idea is a 50’s themed celebration. 50’s theme parties are fun for children and adults. There are a lot of great opportunities with a 50’s theme.

One of the things you need to plan out is the type of invitation you want to send out. There are a lot of good options for party invitations. Here are some good invitation options.

Poodle Skirt Invitation – The famous poodle skirt of the 50’s would be a perfect invitation choice. You can cut out small skirts out of felt fabric and place them on a blank invitation. There are also options for to purchase the poodle skirt invitations online if you wish.

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What to Wear With a Poodle Skirt

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.

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