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Everyone has a mental image of life in the 1950s and early 1960s based on movies like American Graffiti and like and Leave It To Beaver. Those fuzzy concepts of what life must have been like back in America’s boom days are just perfect for conceptualizing a fun and memorable Really Retro 1950s .
To get everyone ready to “Rock Around The Christmas Tree” start with an invitation that will set the tone for an unforgettable vintage experience. WhatsBuzzin.com has super cool Christmas Party Invitations that will have your group checking off the days until the big event. Be sure to customize your invitations to request your guests dress in 1950s attire and the hostess should be seen in her best holiday apron, retro housewife style!
The first thing to get set is the music! Of course the 1950s had some spectacular examples of fun holiday music. From Rock And Roll To Jazz there are classic tunes to raise everyones spirit. For my Really Retro Christmas Parties I usually hire a DJ. Get one that understands the “Happy Days Style” soundtrack, but set in the Christmas spirit. Suggestions?
Santa Baby..Recorded by Eartha Kitt in 1953
Jingle Bell Rock… by in 1957
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree…by in 1958… you get the idea.
Next up, now that you have the tunes tuned in, hire a couple of dance teachers to give a Demo and lesson. How much fun is this!? Local dance teachers will be thrilled to come to your event for an hour or so and get everyone moving. A simple East Coast Swing lesson will have the floor filled in no time. If your floor is delicate, like our hardwood, be sure everyone dances in their socks! It’s A Christmas That will warm them up on a cold winters evening. !
By now we need some refreshments. How about setting up a at your kitchen counter or bar? Buy cases of Classic Coca-cola and serve up shakes and ice cream floats. Be sure to build the atmosphere with striped straws and tall soda shop glasses. Standard 50s diner fare can be served up with the menu posted on a chalkboard. Hot dogs, hamburgers and all the toppings keep it simple and fun.
To set the scene, decorate this year in retro 1950s Christmas Decor. Here is a list of vintage Holiday decorations that will make your guests feel as if they time traveled.
• An Aluminum Christmas tree – Lit by a revolving color wheel and decorated with sputnik shaped ornaments.
• Vintage Blow-Mold Yard Decor – These delightfully tacky festive holiday decorations scream 1950! I go for the floating Santa Face, snowman or Santa’s sled with reindeer.
• Bubble Lights – On a traditional tree or a white flocked tree from the mid century these fascinate and tell a story of Christmastime past.
• Vintage Ornaments – Shiny Brites from the local antique store displayed in a big glass bowl.
To wrap up the evening have a friend make a surprise entrance – dressed as “Fonzie” with a Santa Hat on. He can carry a bag filled with gifts for your guests, Wrapped boxes of Christmas cookies are a nice touch.
Ho, Ho, Ho, Daddy-O!