While a pleasure, designing a party for a family member has its own set of stress and the high standards I place on my work become even higher, especially when the guest of honor is your very own mom! In May, it was an honor to create a 50′s themed soda shop/drive-in birthday bash!
And surprise her we did!
I created a 3-layer invitation after finding this awesome mirror-like cardstock. It reminded me of car detailing and complemented the idea of the 50′s drive-in. A collection of retro fonts and signage informed guests of all the important party details, complete with a bubble gum blowing, roller skating waitress!
The invitations and coordinating invitations are now available at Belleza e Luce. Additional coordinating items are available as well.
We requested guests to dress in their 50′s best, and were thrilled to see so many who did including my children. My daughter’s entire outfit (poodle skirt, shirt, bobby socks, handkerchief that was tied around her pony tail, glasses, belt, and crinoline) was made by the extremely talented women at Hip Hop 50′s Shop.
I had a caricature of my mom made up to resemble the drive-in from the movie “American Graffiti” but in our party colors of pink, aqua, turquoise, black, and red. It stood at the escort card, and later, favor table. The place cards were old 45′s with a label we custom designed.
Our hamburger and shake cake, complete with fries was created by the ever talented Elyse from Joy & Cake. I cannot tell you how many people looked at the display and had no idea it was a cake; our family is still talking about it!
The detailing was simply incredible! My pictures do the cake no justice at all.
The tables were named after my mother’s favorite songs from the 50′s. In the design, I included a short portion of the song along with the song title.
We served typical drive-in and diner style food at the party starting off with appetizers (aka “The Temptations”), main dishes (“The Platters”) including fried chicken, meatloaf, turkey, and mashed potatoes, fun foods with kids young and old (“The Little Be-Boppers”) including grilled cheese, french fries, onion rings, and mac & cheese, and finally ended with cake, make-your-own sundaes and milk shakes (“Happy Endings”). Our favors were chocolate lollipops in the shape of records and each guest took home the glass Coca Cola glasses that doubled as their milkshake glasses for the evening.
There were hula hoops, twisting contests, lots of dancing, laughs, and certainly many memories!