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Let’s plan a 1950s themed Christmas party

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Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Zoe Porter

There is a clear image of life in the 1950’s from looking at movies such as American Graffiti and Blackboard Jungle, and TV shows like Leave it to Beaver and Father Knows Best. They really capture what life was like and they are great examples of how to create a fun and memorable 1950s themed Christmas Party.

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How to get everyone ‘Rocking around the Christmas Tree’

So, what should be the first thing on the agenda when planning a Christmas party like it’s 1950? To get everyone “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree,” begin with creating an invitation that will set the tone for a memorable experience.

You can use a tool like Canva or Adobe Spark to create some really cool invitations that will have your group super excited for the 1950’s themed Christmas party. Need some inspiration? Check out these Pinterest ideas. To really stand out and have a perfect Christmas Party, you can include on the invitation to request guests to dress in 1950’s attire.

Entertainment: DJ or band?

Everyone knows that that 1950’s had some of the best examples of holiday and party music. From Rock And Roll to Jazz, there are classic tunes to raise everyone’s Christmas spirit. Have a long and extensive list of songs to keep the guests going all night if you plan to hire a DJ.

A 50s playlist for a 50s Christmas party

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Here is a list of some song examples you could use for planning a Christmas party like it’s the 1950’s:

  • Santa Baby
  • Jingle Bell Rock
  • Sleigh Ride
  • Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

These are perfect to start off the night with class Christmas hits from the 1950’s.


Once the music and entertainment are sorted, the important part is refreshments. One notable and classic memory of the 1950’s is the famous ice cream floats. Buy a crate of Coca-Cola and you’re all set.
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Collect some striped straws and tall soda shop glasses used in many diners during the 1950’s. Have the menu posted on a blackboard also very common in diners.

Setting The scene

You have secured a venue or location for the Christmas Party, then you can move onto setting the scene and decorating everything in 1950’s Christmas Decor. If you’re still on the search for the right venue, there are plenty of venue finding platforms out there that can make the process a lot simpler. They have a great selection of venues that will suit all your colleagues and employees.

With the venue decorated like the 1950’s, your guests will definitely feel like they have just gone back in time to the 1950’s. Some ideas to help with your plan for a Christmas Party like it’s 1950, include:

  • An aluminum Christmas tree – Very popular in the 1950’s in the United States
  • Vintage blow molds/inflatables – Quite tacky but common during the 1950’s
  • Vintage ornaments – Collect from a local antique store

The finale

Finish off the evening with a friend making a surprise entrance dressed as Elivs or Fonzie with a Santa hat and carrying a bag filled with gifts for your guests.

At the end of the day, who doesn’t like a good Christmas party? They’re fun! Whether it’s a small intimate party with just your friends and family or if it’s a corporate office party with a motivational teamwork speaker and some awesome team building activities, a 1950’s themed Christmas party will undoubtedly be a rocking hit.

Featured photo credit: Seattle Municipal Archives, via Flickr

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