How to plan a 50's & 60's themed party

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How to plan a 50's & 60's themed party
Getting a 50's or 60's themed party right is all in the planning. (Andreas Rentz/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Does the idea of re-creating the rock 'n' roll 50's and the swinging 60's for a party excite? The time of rebels without a cause like James Dean, the classy chic of Marilyn Monroe, international men of mystery in James Bond, rock stars like Jimi Hendrix and real men on the moon? Preparation can be enjoyable, results emphatic with little effort designed to match any budget. Do this right and generate a trip down memory lane for older guests or produce an exhilarating insight of a flourishing culture.

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    How to plan an authentic 50's/60's feel

  1. 1

    Determine a desired theme. Anything from a 50's diner style party, maybe a traditional English street party to a moon landing celebration. Picking the right theme will really help give off the right impression on entry to the little time machine being created here.

  2. 2

    Set a dress code. While going to the extended effort of hosting, why not engage with the party beforehand requesting guests come dressed for the period? Popular options exist such as costumes for musicians such as Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly, film stars like Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn, sports stars or even astronauts.

  3. 3

    Provide period food. Make hot or cold, sweet and savoury delicacies depending on time and allowance. Buffalo wings, salad bars, burgers + fries, cocktail weiners, fruit cups, dips and chips are just a smal example of ideas to please guests of all ages.

  4. 4

    Give guests refreshing beverages options associated with the desired era. Non alcoholic beverages such as Soda Pop, Tang and milkshakes will be appropriate along with the unforgettable fruit punch. For those of required legal age, why not offer the exotic with drinks like the Bloody Mary, or be like James Bond with a classic Martini, shaken not stirred?

  5. 5

    Offer audio entertainment by playing tracks from popular musicians of the era. Develop a list using a musical device and this should easily help complete the scene. Music from the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard, The Beach Boys, Dusty Springfield, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison amongst innumerable others may be enough to get guests rocking around the clock.

  6. 6

    Impress guests adding a finishing touch and book a tribute act or covers band to play 50's and 60's material if budget permits. It may not quite be like Woodstock or Knebworth but it's the next best thing and will give the period scene a real voice.

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