There are many films and shows that can inspire your party, not to forget the film, “Grease”. play the soundtrack at your party and everyone will be singing along in no time.

Other shows and films you can base your theme around can include Happy Days, Westside Story, American Graffiti… The list goes on!


You can dress up in 1950s retro style clothes, you know, saddle shoes and poodle skirts or go for the “greaser” look.


Try serving 50’s style snacks instead of the usual party food. Below are some ideas that your guests will surely love!

– Burgers
– Hot Dogs
– French Fries
– Milk Shakes
– Jelly Beans
– Popcorn
– Punch

50’s Party Themes

Decorate the doorway to your home so that it looks like a 1950’s Movie Marquee.

– Take a cardboard box and cut it into a long rectangle, keeping each of the folded ends.
– Paint it black with a colourful border. If you have Christmas lights you can even line the border with them to make it look more authentic.
– Write something to describe your party in block white lettering. Announce it to your guests as though it’s the latest Cinema hit!
– Fix it above your doorway like a real Movie Marquee then roll out the red carpet!

For this theme, you could even ask friends to dress as ushers and dim the lights. Have them lead guests into the house with torches!

If a Drive-In is out of the question, you could hire a projector for the evening, screening 50’s films in the yard as your guests mingle about. Have popcorn on offer for everyone and it could be almost like the real thing!

Big Al’s Diner:
Setting this theme is actually simpler than it sounds! Set foldout tables and chairs about in a room like the Sitting Booths of a Burger Joint. You can even make menus to leave at each table with salt and peppershakers.

Pyjama Party:
Perfect for the guys as well as the gals! Simply have your guests arrive in their pyjamas!

Tips and Ideas:

See if you can hire a Juke Box for the night and decorate the place like a 50’s Burger Joint. You could even hire a Pinball machine for the evening. The guests will love it!

You might also think about hiring a band for the night or even an Elvis Impersonator.

Character & Costume Ideas:

Marilyn Monroe
Elvis Presley
James Dean
Roy Orbison
Humphrey Bogart
Frankie Valle
James Cagney
Betty Paige
Tommy the Turtle
Barbie & Ken
West Side Story
Happy Days
Peg Pants
Poodle Skirts
Bowling Shirts
Hawaiian Shirts
American Graffiti


Top Ten Hits of 1950
1950 Oldies Music
1. The Fat Man – Fats Domino
2. Please Send Me Someone To Love – Percy Mayfield
3. Teardrops From My Eyes – Ruth Brown
4. Mona Lisa – Nat “King” Cole
5. Tennessee Waltz – Patti Page
6. Long Gone Lonesome Blues – Hank Williams
7. Mardi Gras In New Orleans – Professor Longhair
8. I’m Movin’ On – Hank Snow
9. Rollin’ Stone – Muddy Waters
10. Double Crossing Blues – Johnny Otis (Little Esther & the Robins)

Top Ten Hits of 1951
1951 Oldies Music
1. Sixty Minute Man – Dominoes
2. Rocket 88 – Jackie Brenston
3. Dust My Broom – Elmore James
4. Cry – Johnnie Ray
5. Too Young – Nat “King” Cole
6. Cold Cold Heart – Hank Williams
7. Glory Of Love – Five Keys
8. Three O’Clock Blues – B.B. King
9. Hey Good Lookin’ – Hank Williams
10. How High The Moon – Les Paul & Mary Ford

Top Ten Hits of 1952
1952 Oldies Music
1. Lawdy Miss Clawdy – Lloyd Price
2. Jambalaya (On The Bayou) – Hank Williams
3. Have Mercy Baby – Dominoes
4. One Mint Julep – Clovers
5. Night Train – Jimmy Forrest
6. My Song – Johnny Ace
7. Goin’ Home – Fats Domino
8. Moody Mood For Love – King Pleasure
9. Juke – Little Walter
10. Baby, Don’t Do It – “5” Royales

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Top Ten Hits of 1953
1953 Oldies Music
1. Money Honey – Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter
2. Your Cheatin’ Heart – Hank Williams
3. Crying In The Chapel – Orioles
4. Gee – Crows
5. Shake A Hand – Faye Adams
6. Honey Hush – Joe Turner
7. Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean – Ruth Brown
8. Hound Dog – Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton
9. Kaw-Liga – Hank Williams
10. The Things That I Used To Do – Guitar Slim

Top Ten Hits of 1954
1954 Oldies Music
1. Rock Around The Clock – Bill Haley & His Comets
2. Shake, Rattle And Roll – Joe Turner / Bill Haley & His Comets
3. Earth Angel – Penguins
4. Sh-Boom – Chords
5. That’s All Right – Elvis Presley with Scotty and Bill
6. Pledging My Love – Johnny Ace
7. Goodnite Sweetheart Goodnite – Spaniels
8. I’ve Got A Woman – Ray Charles
9. White Christmas – Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter
10. Work With Me Annie – Royals / Midnighters

Top Ten Hits of 1955
1955 Oldies Music
1. Tutti-Frutti – Little Richard
2. Maybellene – Chuck Berry
3. Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley
4. Why Do Fools Fall In Love – Teenagers
5. The Great Pretender – Platters
6. Ain’t It A Shame – Fats Domino
7. Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two
8. Speedoo – Cadillacs
9. Story Untold – Nutmegs
10. My Babe – Little Walter

Top Ten Hits of 1956
1956 Oldies Music
1. Hound Dog – Elvis Presley
2. Long Tall Sally – Little Richard
3. Blue Suede Shoes – Carl Perkins / Elvis Presley
4. Don’t Be Cruel – Elvis Presley
5. Be-Bop-A-Lula – Gene Vincent & the Bluecaps
6. Roll Over Beethoven – Chuck Berry
7. In The Still Of The Nite – Five Satins
8. Blueberry Hill – Fats Domino
9. Please, Please, Please – James Brown & the Famous Flames
10. I Walk The Line – Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two

Top Ten Hits of 1957
1957 Oldies Music
1. Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley
2. Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On – Jerry Lee Lewis
3. That’ll Be The Day – Crickets
4. Bye Bye Love – Everly Brothers
5. Great Balls Of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis
6. School Day – Chuck Berry
7. Rock And Roll Music – Chuck Berry
8. Peggy Sue – Buddy Holly
9. Lucille – Little Richard
10. Rocking Pneumonia & the Boogie Woogie Flu – Huey “Piano” Smith & the Clowns

Top Ten Hits of 1958
1958 Oldies Music
1. Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry
2. Summertime Blues – Eddie Cochran
3. Good Golly Miss Molly – Little Richard
4. For Your Precious Love – Jerry Butler & the Impressions
5. Sweet Little Sixteen – Chuck Berry
6. Yakety Yak – Coasters
7. La Bamba – Ritchie Valens
8. Since I Don’t Have You – Skyliners
9. Rumble – Link Wray
10. Lonely Teardrops – Jackie Wilson

Top Ten Hits of 1959
1959 Oldies Music
1. What’d I Say – Ray Charles
2. I Only Have Eyes For You – Flamingos
3. Mack The Knife – Bobby Darin
4. There Goes My Baby – Drifters
5. Shout – Isley Brothers
6. Kansas City – Wilbert Harrison
7. Poison Ivy – Coasters
8. Money – Barrett Strong
9. Love Potion No. 9 – Clovers
10. You’re So Fine – Falcons

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