It goes by many names – a soc hop party, a 50s diner party, a Grease party, or even a Rock and Roll party – but we all know one thing…this party theme is such a fun one to plan! There are so many elements you can play around with aside from the décor; there’s the food, your outfits, the music, etc. etc. You’ve already seen our DIY dessert bar here, so today, I’ll be sharing the rest of the fun details from our recent Diner Party. Let’s break it down to three parts:
- Setting the tone.
- Recreating a diner.
- Reliving the 50’s.
Step 1: Setting the tone with our invites.
- We asked our guests to “Share an afternoon with Lucas” using actual coke bottles as invites. I’ll share some tips on how I made this in my next blog post.
- Since we couldn’t see all our invited friends and family before the big day, we also made an e-vite for email and Facebook.
Step 2: Recreating an actual diner via music, food, and of course, decor!
- A set of 50’s music was streaming through our speakers. Songs from the movie “Grease”, Elvis Presley and other rock and roll artists were in the house!
- We served the usual diner staples. I searched high and low for a caterer who will customize a menu for me. After all, you don’t usually see hamburgers, milkshakes and pancakes in standard menus!
- My Coca-Cola collection were all happy to be out of storage and on display as centerpieces.
- We reserved a corner with different 50’s-inspired props that guests can use when they take photos.
Step 3: Re-living the 50’s through our get-ups, games and giveaways!
- Guests were asked to come in their 50’s inspired look. So fun to see them wearing cardigans, letterman jackets and leather jackets, complete with their slicked back hair!
- To complete the diner look, we also gave out soda jerk hats or diner hats in place of the usual party hats.
- Our games were in theme too! Hoola hoops, bubble gum blowing and a 50’s Name that Tune contest were just some of the games we played.
- As tokens, kids were given wayfarers or cat’s eye glasses. We also prepared gum ball machines that kids can fill with candy!
I always enjoy preparing for parties, but I had an extra ounce of happiness preparing for this one since it was my baby’s first birthday. I’m actually already excited to plan for his next ones (oh but please don’t grow up too fast!)
Here’s a list of our amazing suppliers:
- Styling by Mommy Monica and Ninang Marian with help from family and friends
- Catering by Queensland Catering Services
- Divisoria finds: gum ball machines, wayfarers, prizes
- Chocolate Coated Candies from Dough-it-all
- White and black flooring from Alabang Market. Visited a lot of Home Depots and it was either out of stock or too small. Apparently, they are phasing out this design soon. Good thing my mom was able to find it in the market!
- Food baskets from OLX
- Custom Notepads and Diner Party Hats from Party Ready
- Scene setter, foil balloons and cat’s eye glasses from Party City US
- Printables by Ninang and Daddy
- Host Madz Seludo-Canillas
- Photos by Little J Photography
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