Aug 15, 2010

Its A Sock Hop Party!

This year Lola had her mind set on a Spa Party but after family camp she changed her mind. She really wanted to have a Sock Hop Party like the one we went to at family camp.
These were the invitations that we sent out. I tried to make them look like a record. I clipped a little brad on them so they would slide open. I thought the poem fit perfectly with the theme.I tried to turn our kitchen into a Soda Shop. I bought a ton of records for super cheap at a thrift store and had Billy put them all over the cupboards as well as hang them from the fan. I also lined our kitchen "island" with a black plastic table cloth and taped white computer paper to it to make it look like a checkered counter.
I'm trying to make it a tradition to make the kids a special banner every year for their birthday. You know me and traditions. Love them! Here was Lola's banner this year "Lola's Soda Shop". I really wish I would have cleared all that stuff off my fridge. Major detail overlook. Oh well.
I wish I would have gotten a better picture of the table setting but I totally forgot to take one until almost all the food was gone. I cut a big piece of black glitter felt and tried to make it look like a big record.
Now for the Sock Hop Bash! This was the hardest to decorate for since there was little to non Sock Hop decorations at the party store. Originally I wanted to line the garage with white sheets to cover up all our junk but that was going to be too much $$. So plan B went into action. Once again the amazing visqueen came to the rescue. I picked up a bunch of dollar store white table clothes and hung them from the ceiling to give a "curtain" effect. I covered the ugly couch with a white sheet and borrowed pillows and a blanket. Billy picked up the pink shelves for free on the side of the road. I'm using for another project but for now they worked out great to display the jute box and records.
I knew Lola really wanted a checkered dance floor like the one at family camp. But hello can anyone say lots of $$? I had a crazy idea that ended up working out perfectly! I bought a bunch of really ugly peel and stick linoleum tiles at Home Depot for a total of $14. Billy helped me spray paint them black and white and then I attached them to some old flannel material that I had. Wha-la! A dance floor. I loved the way it turned out! Of course my girl wanted a poodle skirt. I had originally planned to make her one at family camp but never got around to it so I ended up sewing one for the party. We added a little felt "L" to her leotard and she was ready for the Hop.
And yes we dressed up "50's" style too. I had more of the June Clever look going on while Billy was a "jock". I guess we looked like a little Mrs. Robinson with the high school student. Gotta have picture of me and my girl. Always!Kisses for the birthday girl. Dancing with daddy. It gotta a little warm in the garage so the "jock" turned into more of a "T-Bird."
The Hand Jive was definitely a big hit. My friend Jamie came through and made me a couple of Cd's with a ton of "50's" music on them. I loved the songs she picked out! And so did all the girls.
Their weren't a lot of boys at the party. It was hilarious how they migrated upstairs to play but every once in a while made an appearance at the Sock Hop to attack the girls. Should I be concerned with how intense my son looks? Scary. For the games we had a Hula Hoop contest. Even you know who got in on the action. Of course. Right? And the winner of the Hula Hoop contest. SOPHIE! Such perfect form.
We also had a "Who Can Blow The Biggest Bubble Gum Bubble" contest which ended up changing to a " Who Can Just Blow A Bubble" contest. Apparently 9 and 10 year old don't have this technique down yet. But we did have a winner. SOPHIE! Again. Great Bubble.
A couple of posing pictures. Loriella and her Pink Lady friend Taryn.
Rachel, Taryn and Lola. Too cool for you.Cake Time! I really had no creativity when it came to the cake. Lola said she wanted a record but seriously all I could think about was black frosting getting all over my carpet so I decided to just make her a clone of her outfit that she was wearing that day. I'm glad she liked it and I managed to serve almost every part of the cake except the black belt.
Wouldn't be a Sock Hop with out Root Beer Floats! A bit overkill on the sugar but hey these girls were going home soon. Haha.
Present time!
A group photo.I was so thankful for the girls that came from our youth group. They really helped with the party. My little waitresses. When it was time to leave each one of the guest got a giant lollipop that I found at the dollar store (I love that place)! And they also got a music CD that my friend Lindsey made for me. I knew I wanted the Cd's to look like a record. I asked my friend Ashely to design the label for the Cd's for me but when I printed the stickers I realized the Cd's wouldn't play if you covered the entire thing. My bad. So I had to make a couple of adjustments but still kept the same idea. Gotta say I was a little concerned about how this party was going to happen but I think it all worked out spectacular. Thank you to everyone that helped me with the music and the Cd's (Jamie, Lindsey and Ashley).
I also want to say a special thanks to my hubby. I think we are a great team. I can plan and decorate a party but he steps in to keep the party going. He loves to entertain and does it well. Thanks so much Babe!
And to my girl. Well.....what can I say I love you so so very much! I'm so glad you loved your party!


Anonymous said...

WOW!!!! You never cease to amaze me! You really need to go on Design Star or have your own show on HGTV.

Petersen Family said...

Looks amazing Elissa! Seriously I think that cake is adorable. I am sure Lola LOVED everything!

The Fredy Family said...

you are insane. :-) Seriously though, I have never seen some one go as all out as you do for your kids parties. I am super impressed and wish I had even an ounce of your creativity!!!! Great job!

Elissa said...

Thanks guys! You all make me feel super dooper special!

Kim @ KimsKandyKreations said...

I've been doing a lot of searching on the web for Fifties theme parties and can't find much. I finally stumbled across your blog and LOVE your ideas.

Love how you made the kitchen into a soda shop theme...expecially the black and white checkered backdrop with the computer paper.

Your garage came out beautiful! I may have to steal the idea with the linolium tiles. Great, cheap idea.

If you don't mind...I will probably feature your party on my blog this week. (Please let me know if you'd rather I not.)

Great job! Love the details and work you put into it. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Hi Elissa, I loved the sock hop party ideas. I'm helping a friend decorate her father's 80th birthday and she decided to go with a 50's theme.

I also wanted to say that I haven't met too many people who have named their child with a name similar to my daughter, Loriel.