Hosting a Sock Hop for Middle Schoolers


When planning a sock hop, especially for middle schoolers, there are a few things to keep in mind. Simple things, such as music and refreshments, can make or break your sock hop. Here are a few simple tips for making your event a success.

The first detail to tend to is the invitations. When making the invitations for your event, it is important to keep with the 50’s theme. You can do this through the wording, the colors, and the delivery of the invitation.

The second important detail for planning a successful sock hop is the decorations. You can transform your venue into a fifties gymnasium with a few simple decorations such as brightly colored balloons and streamers on the walls, vinyl records on the tables and hanging from the ceiling, and by printing off old photographs from the fifties. You can also hang inflatable guitars from the walls or use them as centerpieces on the tables.

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The food that you serve can also aid in creating a successful sock hop. It is important to serve nostalgic food, such burgers, fries, soda, and milkshakes. You can also serve cupcakes decorated with memorabilia from the fifties or slices of apple pie.

Since you are hosting a fifties dance, it is important to play music from that decade. You can rent a jukebox for the night or hire a DJ to play hit songs from the fifties. Some artists to include are Elvis Presley, the Comets, and Little Richard.

Another way to spice up your dance is to hold various contests. An easy way to do this is to hold a dance marathon contest and seeing which couple can stay on the dance floor the longest. You can also hold a fifties karaoke contest or play games such as “Name That Tune.”

The last thing to consider is party favors. There are many simple, inexpensive options available such an event. Some ideas include bobby socks, sunglasses, bubble gum, or bead necklaces.

These tips are simple and easy and they will make a huge difference. By doing these things, you will be able to transport your guests back to the 1950’s. This will make your sock hop a success, no matter what age group you are targeting.

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