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How To Throw a 1950s Themed Party

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
How To Throw a 1950s Themed Party

Do you want to organise a 50s-themed party? Keep reading for some top tips on how to do so! The 50s are depicted particularly well in "Grease" one of the most iconic films in the history of cinema. So not only is this film a nostalgic trip down memory lane for those in their prime during the 50s (or in the 70s, when the film was made), but it has also left an impression on many more generations, thanks to its music, dress style and heaps of fun!

Here at OneHowTo, we'll show you how to plan a Grease-style 50s party that will leave all your guests in awe.

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Steps to follow:


When hosting a party in the style of the 50s, remember that it was a decade brimming with colour, catchy music, cars, hair gel, jukeboxes, very feminine girls and bad boys. To throw a themed party, take into account the following clichés:

The first thing to think about is the decor, which should colorful and very striking. The most common colors from this era are pink, turquoise, red and white. Decorate the venue with posters, checkered tablecloths, plenty of light and, if you can, rent a vinyl jukebox and hang some old vinyl records on the wall for an authentic 50s feel.

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Remember to put together a playlist of classic 50s music. For inspiration, listen to the "Grease" soundtrack as it's chock-full of happy, upbeat music. Also include 50s rock music, e.g. Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Eddie Cochran and Roy Orbison. If you prefer cover music, check out the German rock and roll band, "The Baseballs".

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In a 50s party, the choice of drinks you provide is important. 50s drinks instantly brings an image of a vanilla or chocolate milkshake in a tall glass with a straw to mind. For those who want something stronger, a selection of brightly coloured, fanciful cocktails should hit the spot, or, alternatively, a true classic: beer. And, last but not least, don't forget to serve the quintessential American 1950s drink: Coca-Cola. With regards to the food to serve at your party, don't forget some American classics: Hot dogs, fries (chips) and cheeseburgers. To satisfy your sweet-toothed guests, serve up some apple pie or even some cupcakes.

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The dress code is key to a 50s themed party. Women should think of Sandy from "Grease" and wear a flared skirt cinched in at the waist. Pair with a white blouse, cardigan on top and, to finish the look, a light-coloured scarf tied around the neck and some ballet shoes or medium heels. You could, instead, opt for a dress with a belted waist and full skirt. If you want to work Sandy's rebellious, sexy cool-girl look, choose high-waisted, tight black jeans. Pair with a tight, black, sleeveless tank top. Complete the look with a black belt and red high-heeled shoes. To be the vision of Sandy, you could also don a curly blonde wig.

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Your Make-up for a 1950s party should be very feminine and bright. You should highlight your features and add some pink blush to the cheeks. Eyeshadow should be very discreet, with just some eyeliner along the outside. Lips can be natural, with gloss or with a skin-coloured tone. If you've opted for Sandy's sexy make-over look, apply some bright red lipstick. The hairstyle is also important: you could chose from a high ponytail, a bun, straight hair with the ends curled inwards and a thin hairband.

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The men should also dress to impress for this 50s party. A rebellious, bad-boy, cool look is key. The look is very simple,: just dark, tight, high jeans, a tight white shirt and a leather jacket. You can also dress more formal with a plaid shirt and a suit jacket. As for the hairstyle, think of the protagonist of "Grease": slicked back with a quiff at the front.

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