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  • Writer's pictureGena Martine Santoni

Family Fifties Night at Home!

Plan a wholesome house party with a fabulous fifties theme the whole family will love! Fifties costumes are easy to create for every member of the family and putting them together can be a fun project unto itself leading up to the day you have chosen for your party. You could have a sock hop in the living room and practice your Swing steps! Dance the Twist and do the Mashed Potatoes! You could dance a 50s Limbo! Throw in some Hand Jive, too! (See song recommendations below.)

At Cotillion we play musical chairs for the game at our Fifties Party and serve small Classic Cokes and yummy chocolate chip cookies. Here is a link to my current favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. (Another fun project!) Round out the evening with a 50s Diner menu like hamburgers and milk shakes. (In & Out comes to mind!) You could watch some fun fifties movies, too. My favorite? Back to the Future!

Here are some 50s favorites for your party playlist:

Rock Around The Clock (Swing) by Bill Haley & His Comets

At the Hop (Swing) by Danny & The Juniors

Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha (Do you need to ask?) by Sam Cooke

The Twist and Let's Twist Again (Self-explanatory!) by Chubby Checker

Rock and Roll Waltz (Ahem.) by Kay Starr

Willie and The Hand Jive by Johnny Otis Show

Twisting' the Night Away - Sam Cooke

Limbo Rock by Chubby Checker

Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry

Summertime blues by Eddie Cochran

Love Potion No. 9 by The Clovers

Mr. Sandman by The Chordettes

Big Girls Don't Cry by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Hope your Family Fifties Party is a blast from the past!

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