50s Sock Hop Party Guide

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The party guide helps plan a themed 50s Sock Hop event with ideas, tips in the food departments, creative crafts, and clever conversation chats, menus, recipes, cookies, cakes and food labels. Free printable games, puzzles, place name cards and coloring pages.


Music for a 50s sock hop is really what is going to make the party. Decorations, costumes, party supplies, and food will only go so far in creating the right atmosphere, but for a real sock hop you need to have the right kind of music. Celebrating a special event with outstanding performances that include singing, dancing and acting is a great way to keep the guests involved in the celebration. These fun activities are perfect for guests of all ages and will add a great deal to the celebration. More often than not, these performances will be the perfect addition to a fun filled and exciting event.

Using an mp3 player might make the music experience easier, but it is not going to give you the real feeling of a 50s sock hop. Instead try using a record player and seek old 50s records. This will not only add a feeling of the 50s, but it will really bring in something different and fun for the guests to enjoy. Records and record players are easy to find at any thrift store or maybe even your own garage. It could also be fun to invite guests to bring their favorite 50s records to play.


A homemade sock hop with various party supplies and decorations will create fun times by all who attend. Create homemade party invitations with a 50s sock hop party theme. Use various 50s images or icons and the party invitations and suggest to the cool cats and chicks to wear 50s attire. Cutout handmade musical notes, poodles, and records out of felt or black construction paper for 50s sock hop party supplies.

Most hosts will find that fun and exciting activities will be a great addition to this fun filled celebration. More often than not fun activities in which everyone can play and participate along with decorative supplies will liven up the event and make it very special. For this reason, planning and organization will be very beneficial for the host. Additional 50s sock hop party supplies should also a 50s theme banner. Use pink, black, white, and aqua green for the banner colors and use dated font. Create a fictional high school (or use a real school) and create school posters and hang them on the walls of the party area. Take a couple dozen records (people use to listen to records) and hand them on the wall.

Include numerous homemade party games such as dance contest, 1950s trivia games, look-a-like contest, hula hoop contest, and popular 1950s board games. Give dance contestants a chance to rest those tootsies by sitting down to play board games. Research party games that was commonly played in the decade to add more authenticity to the 50s sock hop.


Planning and organizing a 50s sock hop can be a lot of fun and having a great cake for this party will make it better. This exciting and fun event is the ideal time for a variety of creative desserts and other tasty treats designed especially for this celebration. These items are always a great addition to a celebration and most often the addition of enjoyable fares that are designed especially for this gathering will make everyone feel very special. Most people find that a white sheet cake decorated with a 50s sock hop theme is perfect for this party. The cake can be decorated with white icing and then topped with a variety of 50s sock hop accessories.

A 50s sock hop theme is a great party theme and having a 50s sock hop cake will make the party even better. A traditional white sheet cake can be decorated by using white icing topped with various color icing filled socks and the words, 50s Sock Hop. The party supplies chosen for this party should also coordinate with the white cake that has been chosen for the 50s sock hope party. Most people will agree that a 50s sock hop can be a lot of fun and the cake that is chosen will only add to the partys theme.

The 50s sock hop cake can be other flavors besides white, some people will choose chocolate, marble or lemon for 50s sock hop party. A 50s sock hop cake can be decorated with a variety of 50s sock hop items and therefore the cake decorations and party supplies should go along with the 50s sock hop theme.

When thinking of throwing a 50s Sock Hop theme party, one has only to decide on the composition of the guest list to instantly have some great party ideas. For example, if you are looking for a fun and funky way to entertain a group of professional adults, perhaps those folks from work, consider a 50s theme party that celebrates the birth of the cocktail party. Housewives and party hostesses found themselves on the ever eyeful lookout for the newest style of glassware available. Plain and boring tumblers were not allowed unless they were accompanied by quirky trays or decanters. Finger foods and new drink concoctions were created or served to make your cocktail party the talk of the street for the week, until your neighbor would do everything in her power to surpass your success. Now, searching for the quirky, artsy glassware of the 50s means a fun trip through used stores and flea markets. Some pieces can be picked up quite inexpensively, while others are more collectible and therefore pricier. Either way, plan a menu of drinks that include cosmopolitans, martinis, and other 50s friendly drinks. Then plan a trivia game that tests your guests on their knowledge of popular culture, fashion trends, and political issues of the decade.

These fun items along with cute supplies are always a great addition to a celebration and fun posters that include designs and greetings that are perfect for the celebration will liven up the event and make everyone feel very special. More often than not, these signs and posters will add a lot of fun to the celebrated get together. If you have a younger crowd coming to the party, or it will be a mixed family get together, consider turning your kitchen into a Burger/Hot Dog Buffet, complete with rootbeers or cherry colas for drinks. Playing Rock and Roll party music of the era including Pattie Page, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bill Haley and the Comets, and other chart breakers will provide a fun and festive atmosphere. Activities can include a Hula Hoop or Limbo Competition, Trivia Games, and consider holding a Best I Love Lucy impersonation competition. Just pick some of the best known episodes and have couples act them out. It will be too funny. You can have your DVD collection ready for the couples to look at for those who may have grown up in a potato sack and never saw Lucy or her reruns. To cap off the night, consider hiring an Elvis impersonator to come in and put on a show. This will be a party your guests will talk about for years to come!

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50s Sock Hop History, Facts and Educational Resources

Add an educational twist to any birthday party, holiday celebration, or theme party.  Share the history of the 50s Sock Hop theme to the guests.  Play some free printable educational party games.  Shhh don't tell the kids that they are learning!

Planning a 50s sock hop is something that can be a lot of fun from the moment you start planning the event. Using dates in history to go through and plan a party, or other event is one of the easiest ways to get in there and throw a great school dance, basement party, or other social event. Having a sock hop is something that can get the older generation involved in as well. Finding the facts, ask the elders questions about what it I was like to grow up in the 50s, get accurate decoration information as well. This is the opportunity to show the newer generation what real music was, how dance offs first originated and so much more. Sock hops are a big part of our American history. Most people are amazed at the history behind many of the shows from this time frame. Like others before them the times of past and the recordings are often as interesting now as they were many years ago. For this reason, fans of the show have held strong and their popularity has continued to grow.

Planning a 50s sock hop with the facts up front will allow you to go through and set up a budget, see what you will be spending, find dcor. There are some great 50s style streamers and table clothes out there at yard sales and other thrift store locations. When you are looking for party supplies remember the 50s were all about records and happy or acapella music, and when you send out your invitations add a fun spin to the event and ask that couples come dressed in costume as famous couples during that particular era, or in 50s clothing. So get ready to get down and have some fun at the hop, your 50s style sock hop. The right favors given to the guests will allow them to remember that day many years from now. Never underestimate the power of a clear glass bowl; fill it with flowers, or glass marbles, or seashells, or candy or chips, or make it a dish garden centerpiece or put holiday ornaments in it. The right favors given to the guests will allow them to remember that day many years from now. The history of 50s Sock Hop has different interpretations by each person, so use your own judgement. Share these facts with friends at a celebration.
The Party Supplies Hut has more free elementary educational teacher resources for 50s Sock Hop to use in the classroom for active learning to create lesson plans with trivia questions, games and fun activities.

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