1950s Party Ideas

Oh WOW! I have got to share the photos from my collaborated birthday party with my wonderful sister-in-law. We had a 1950s themed birthday party this past weekend and it was SO much fun! All of our friends really enjoyed it so I thought I would post some 1950s party ideas and tips that helped make our shindig a success!

Retro party ideas

Retro party ideas

 

How to throw a DIY Retro 1950s Party

How to throw a DIY Retro 1950s Party

First, we picked a color scheme. Reds, pinks, & black and wanted it to feel like a 50’s diner threw a party. Since it was for both of our birthdays, we  collaborated on pinning to our Pinterest board our 1950’s ideas. Everything made visual is SO much easier to envision how the party should go.

What I Bought



 

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1950s party table decoration and diy

We ordered our black and white checkered table cloth from Amazon. It really gave that “diner” vibe without breaking the bank.

black and white checkered table cloth, 1950s party

black and white checkered table cloth

One of the BEST props we got was the HUGE jukebox standee that was just perfect! If you host a 1950s party, this is the one prop to get. You can find the jukebox on Amazon here.

jukebox prop, 1950s party

Jukebox standee prop for our 1950s party

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Rockabilly 1950s photo wall

Even though I don’t drink pop (or “soda” if you’re from the South) I just HAD to have Coke in a glass bottle with pink striped straws. The Coke from Mexico has real sugar in it and people really loved them. Get them here

pink and white paper straws

pink and white paper straws

coke in a glass bottle, mexican

coke in a glass bottle

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1950s party table design

I needed a lot of crepe paper so I ordered one 500 foot roll of each color – Hot pink & Candy Pink

magenta crepe paper

magenta crepe paper

candy pink crepe paper roll

candy pink crepe paper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balloons I ordered online and rented a helium tank locally to fill them. We made our own balloon arch and I used  Hot pink, magenta balloons & white balloons

*TIP! Helium only lasts 6-8 hours! Don’t fill your balloons until the day of your party!

magenta balloons

magenta balloons

white balloons

white balloons

 

Since this was a late night party, we did snack foods – white cheese fondue, pizza bites, veggies, mudslide milkshakes & chocolate mousse cake.

We used this popcorn maker to make our own freshly popped snack foods! So DELISH !

popcorn maker

popcorn maker

Things I Made

I made the prop hamburger and hotdog out of air dry clay and paint.

hamburger_prop

I made some prop candy since candy to fill jars is SO pricey. I used air dry clay for the sugar sticks, let them dry, then painted them. I used my food sealer and a strip of cellophane to wrap them in.

How to make fake candy for a party

How to make fake candy for a party

For the other candy jars I used wadded up paper and cellophane to look like taffy and balls of aluminum foil for more candy filler.

I cut out the music notes for the walls out of construction paper.

Using photoshop, I designed the 1950s party invitation.

I put it up on Zazzle so you can customize it for your own party, too! Check it out on Zazzle 

If you want to make it easy, check out the list I put together of ALL my party supplies for your 1950s party !

outfit ideas for couples going to a 1950s party

outfit ideas for couples going to a 1950s party

 

drink station for 1950s party

drink station for 1950s party

 

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rockabilly party, couples outfits, photo wall

 

Well there you have it! I hope you’re party goes just as well as ours! Don’t forget to put thought into the music selection- keep it authentic and throw in a few 50’s remixes to make it interesting!

Diy retro 1950s party ideas

Diy retro 1950s party ideas

 

 

Baby Belly Henna Design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a fun baby belly design I did at the salon. Her husband surprised her with a great gift – getting her baby belly decorated with henna for their 3rd child’s birth – so fun! Here’s her baby belly henna design .

She wanted 5 flowers – one for each member of her family.

 

And the front of today's baby belly henna appointment. #kellycaroline #henna #michigan #michiganhennaartist #baby #belly #design #art #artist #ypsi #ypsilanti #floral #flowers #flower #mehndi #hennatattoo #tattoo #tats #tattoos #prenatal #pregnancy #freehand #nofilter #saturday #autumn

Streaming Conference 2014

This weekend I had the great pleasure of attending the Streaming Conference 2014 at Rochester College  . It was an event with great speakers including Richard Beck , Greg Boyd, Sara & John Barton, and Jennifer Rundlett. I found about about the conference through ReKnew.org.

I wanted to be involved so I volunteered to help in any way I could.

The organizers of the event commissioned me to take their logo for Streaming and paint it across wood pallets.

What a great project that turned into! I really enjoyed working with a variety of materials : wood, paint, photoshop, digital projection, my belt sander and of course, a drill!

Here is a picture of the logo :

streaming conference rochester college

streaming conference rochester college

This is a picture of a few wood pallets as I was disassembling some and adding boards to the others to make a complete pallet with no spaces

wood pallet art

wood pallet art

This is one quarter of the complete piece – it ended up being 12 feet long by 4 feet high so I worked at it in segments inside ((it just happened to rain all weekend))

wood pallet art

wood pallet art

 

and here’s how it came out, installed in the theatre at Rochester College

Rochester College Streaming Conference

Rochester College Streaming Conference

Rochester College Streaming Conference

Rochester College Streaming Conference

Rochester College Streaming Conference

Rochester College Streaming Conference

Here are some photo highlights of the conference.

 My Dancing Day book by Jennifer Rundlett

Book by Jennifer Rundlett

Book by Jennifer Rundlett

 

Richard Beck covered his book The Slavery of Death 

The Slavery of Death by Richard Beck

The Slavery of Death by Richard Beck

 

Also available was selection of books by Greg Boyd :   Seeing is Believing , God of the Possible , Benefit of the Doubt , & God at War 

Books by Greg Boyd

Books by Greg Boyd

My lunch my husband packed for me ((since I have a hard time remembering to eat when I’m busy))

my lunch

my lunch my husband packed for me

Beck’s talk was very moving – his work with maximum security prison inmates is astounding. It is incredible when an individual can resonate with an outcast group of unloved souls.

Richard Beck

Richard Beck

Greg Boyd’s presentation was outstanding. He crammed so much theology in 45 minutes that brains were spinning when he got done serving it up! AWESOME

Greg Boyd presentation, woodland hills church, rochester college, michigan

Greg Boyd presentation

 

And this happened ((2 thumbs way, WAY up))

greg boyd

meeting Greg Boyd

At the end of the weekend Greg Boyd & Richard Beck were available for a discussion group.

Richard Beck and Greg Boyd Presentation

Richard Beck and Greg Boyd discussion

 

It was such a great experience – I’m so happy I was able to attend! If you want to see more images, check out Streaming Conference 2014 and #rcstreaming on twitter.