Retro '50s Housewife Party Decor

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While the 1950s era is reminiscent of poodle skirts and sock hops, it was also a period when domestic life and glamor collided. If you're looking for a party theme that is simple to create, yet remains stylish with a touch of glamor, a 1950s housewife theme might be the right choice for you. Leave the poodle skirts and sock-hop themed accessories out for this party, though; the 1950s housewife party will have a classier, more relaxed vibe.

Invitations

  • Your 1950s housewife theme begins with the perfect retro invitation. The 1950s was not an era of e-vites and social networking, so start your party off in true housewife fashion with a stylish, homemade invitation. You might use scrap-booking accessories to design a 1950s flowered apron invitation, or a pink or black-and-white cocktail party invitation.

1950s Decor

  • There are numerous decor ideas to select from when creating the 1950s housewife style. Hit your local thrift store to find melamine dinnerware, retro floral aprons and other authentic 1950s accessories, such as metal-accented retro floor lamps. Swap your regular kitchen clock for a sunburst clock and, if you can find one, play some vinyl records on an authentic record player. For place settings, consider using recipe cards.

Cocktails

  • Cocktails are the cornerstone of a retro 1950s housewife's party. Serve a collection of martinis, Tom Collins, daiquiris, whiskey sours and Manhattans. If you are not serving alcohol, "mocktails," or nonalcoholic alternatives, might be served. If you are hosting an afternoon bridal shower in the 1950s housewife theme, you might prefer to host a tea party, instead. Visit your local thrift store to find vintage glassware and melamine serving trays. Remember, martinis are shaken, not stirred, so you will require a martini set for an authentic cocktail party.

Food

  • The type of food you serve is essential in tying together your overall 1950s housewife theme. The 1950s housewife often prepared party goodies ahead of time. Consider providing platters or a Lazy Susan filled with finger foods, such as deviled eggs, olives, cheeses, hot appetizers and freshly baked sweets. You might also consider providing timely treats such as lifesavers, potato chips, corn nuts and bottled soda pops (there were no pop-top cans in the '50s).

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