Posts Tagged ‘50s costumes’

Christmas Party Ideas With a Fifties Twist

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

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.

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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.

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Teenage Sense of Style in the Fifties

Thursday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Friday, 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

Wednesday, 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

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.

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Decorating Tips For a 50’s Bedroom

Monday, 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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Fashion: Shoe Options During the 1950s

Monday, October 11th, 2010

The 50’s were an amazing age. People have recognized the 50’s for the many contributions it has set in fashion. One of those fashion choices is women’s shoes and socks.

During the age of the sock hop flats and penny loafers were popular shoe options. White tennis shoes were good options as well. Saddle oxfords were also other shoe options. There were quite a few different styles available for women during the 50’s.
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Flats – The flats were common shoes worn by girls who were still going to school. They look similar to the ballet shoe. Flats were versatile and could go with a lot of different clothing styles.

Penny Loafer – The penny loafer was another popular shoe option. Both men and women wore penny loafers during the 50’s. They were called penny loafers because the kids in school liked to put pennies in to the diamond-shaped slit in the loafers.

Saddle Oxford – Saddle oxfords were also another traditional shoe choice during the 50’s. Saddle oxfords looked great with poodle skirts, and were worn to school, sock hop dances, and other youthful activities. Since they were so comfortable they were a popular choice for most girls.

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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.

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