Monday, October 6, 2014
kid's birthday party idea: 50's sock hop
I got the idea for a sock hop birthday party after Jesse started calling Juli (she's 1) Rizzo, the character from the movie Grease (because Juli has very curly, short, dark hair like Rizzo). This party snowballed from this thought: "How cute would Juli look in a little, pink jacket?!"
For the party, I texted the invite because classy (actually, because lack of time). It said, "To celebrate Lani's 11th birthday and Juli's1st birthday, we will be hosting a sock hop. Girls, get on your best poodle skirt and guys, get on your greaser clothes. Come grab a burger, fries, and malt with us on Sunday . . ." with the particular date, etc.
My girls hardly need an excuse to dress up. (It's a fashion show extravaganza practically every weekend around here).
I was able to use most of what was in our closet for their outfits. The birthday girls got new outfits and new pink jackets (from Target). I thought little Rizzo looked so cute. ;) I made their saddle shoes. I used cheap, canvas tennis shoes and a black permanent marker per the instructions of this tutorial. I love how they turned out.
For dinner, we made burger and fries and served them in red trays like they used to do and still do in some diners. (I've been serving as many dinners as I can in these trays lined with wax paper to not have to wash another stinking dish. Too bad cereal can't be served in a trays. Bah). Along with our burger and fries, we had a bottle of Coca Cola. I hardly drink my calories anymore, so this was quite an indulgence for me.
For dessert, we had a choice between a chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry malt or an old fashioned sundae. (The dollar store carries those sundae cups). Who doesn't love ice cream??
I made this ice cream sandwich birthday cake (the best idea ever), but we were so full from dinner and dessert that we didn't have any until the next day for Lani's actual birthday. (The party was on a Sunday and her birthday was on a Monday).
This party is going down as one of my favorites!
And we host plenty of parties with 4 daughters. :) See more of our themed parties here.
(A special thank you to my sister Jasmine for helping me decorate and taking most of these pictures).