How to Plan a 1950s Inspired Retro Birthday Party

The Prop Shop recently had the pleasure of providing props and décor for a ‘50s themed birthday celebration.
A Fifties themed party is a great way to celebrate the heyday of a special guest, relive a bygone era, or simply enjoy classic rock ‘n roll, diner food and poodle skirts. The 1950s were the cat’s meow and the bee’s knees, so what better way to celebrate a special occasion?
Décor is key in setting the retro mood, and props are helpful for recreating the past. We provided a pink '57 Chevy prop and blue '55 Chevy couch for this party. Both pieces are great for photo ops, plus the couch ads extra seating.
50s Party Decor Rentals | The Prop Shop, Pittsburgh Party Rentals

50s Party Decor Rentals | The Prop Shop, Pittsburgh Party Rentals

Large vinyl records bring back memories of listening to Elvis and Buddy Holly on the jukebox.

1950's Birthday Party | 50's vinyl record decoration | The Prop Shop, Pittsburgh party decor rentals

A diner-themed bar sets the mood of sipping milkshakes in bobbysocks. Ours is affectionately known as Bee-Bop’s Diner.

50s Party Decor Rentals | The Prop Shop, Pittsburgh Party Rentals | The Prop Shop, Pittsburgh party decor rentals

The next step to setting the classic ‘50s mood is music. Consider hiring a live band to play the amazing doo-wop and rock ‘n roll favorites that no one can resist dancing to. If you’re in the Pittsburgh area, we highly recommend Johnny Angel and the Halos. We also suggest a custom dance floor to help tie everything together.

50s Party Decor and Food | The Prop Shop, Pittsburgh Party Rentals

Finally, don’t forget the food! Single-bite appetizers are perfect for nibbling during dance-floor breaks.

50s Party Decor and Food | The Prop Shop, Pittsburgh Party Rentals

And don’t neglect dessert. Set up a table as sweet as an episode of Leave It to Beaver. Gourmet pretzels, custom designed cookies, and vinyl-shaped chocolate covered Oreos help carry out the theme.

50s Party Decor and Food | The Prop Shop, Pittsburgh Party Rentals
50s Party Decor and Food | The Prop Shop, Pittsburgh Party Rentals

To-go containers allow guests to take some of the party with them.

50s Party Decor and Food | The Prop Shop, Pittsburgh Party Rentals

For more ideas on planning your 1950s party, check out our handy Pinterest board!

Photos copyright Nathan J Shaulis | Porter Loves Photography.

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