The 50s is a decade remembered by many with nostalgia, especially if they weren’t there. The rise of the Teenager, the ‘New Look’ , Rock n Roll, TV and the Beat Generation (Beatniks) are all part of this decade. Think big cars, juke boxes, drive-in theatres, “Happy Days”, “Grease“, Buddy Holly, early Elvis and Cliff Richard.
Others might remember a less happy decade of white picket fences, gingham aprons (Dorothy from Wizard of Oz-style) and the Cold War.
The 50s also brought the introduction of the television and some great movies when stars really were stars – a young Marlon Brando, Marilyn Munro, Jane Russell, Elizabeth Taylor, Tony Curtis, Orson Wells. You could choose any 50s movie as your theme – just make sure that all your guests have a chance to watch it first.
50s Clothing and Costumes
- Parties Online – Sydney-based party products store in operation since 1991. See their Ladies Fancy Dress Costumes for flower power costumes, stockings and other themes.
- Costume Box – Thousands of Fancy Dress costumes for adults and kids for all occasions. Most costumes dispatched within 24 hours. All costumes displayed are in stock. See their 1950s Costumes
- Costume Direct – are based in Sydney’s North Shore and deliver Australia-wide, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong. They sell adults and children’s costumes and accessories (including capes, gloves, glasses, jewelry, bling, beards & moustaches, masks, legwear, shoes, wigs, weapons and wings). You’ll find lots of costumes in their
50s Party Products & Decorations
- Party Products Australia – your one-stop shop for party supplies, based in Brisbane, Queensland. Party Products Australia stocks over 6000 items including invitations, balloons, napkins, plates, cups, hats, goody/loot bags, temporary tattoos, banner flags, pinatas, and a lot more! Themes include Rock n Roll.
- Parties Online – Sydney-based party products store in operation since 1991. They specialise in themed and coloured tableware, balloons costumes and more. See the range of Disco, Rock n Roll, 50s and 60s
- Blue Dog Posters in Sydney is Australia’s largest online poster shop. Get your poster laminated or delivered as is. Delivery to Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Flat rate delivery Australia wide and express delivery is also available. See their movies posters and music posters or go straight to posters from 50s pop culture including -
- Picture Store – offers an extensive range of Movie and TV Show and Music posters. See also their posters for Elvis Presley | Grease | The Beatles
50s Themed Music and Entertainment
- iTunes Music Store – Huge range of digital downloads available online through iTunes. Buy individual songs or whole albums. Buy music from these 50s artists -
50s Party Ideas
The 1950s had plenty of musical, film and cultural icons that make great party themes.
- Decor – Do up your house as a 50s location like a Milk Bar, Diner, Drive-in or Sock-hop. Decorating your walls with Scene Setters makes this easy. You could also hire a Juke Box with 50s music on it.
- Themes – Go as a 50s themed TV show or movie, such as Grease, Happy Days or I Love Lucy.
- Celebrities – Alfred Hitchcock, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Doris Day, Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley, Grace Kelly, James Dean, John Wayne, Lucile Ball, Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando and Sandra Dee.
- Activities – Do easy 50s dances like the Twist and Limbo. 50s Trivia.
50s Party Food
Fast food was invented in the 1950s and a whole culture has evolved out of its consumption. Having a fast food theme makes catering easy.