Hoppin' Into Spring
We wanted to get our youth excited as we transitioned from winter into spring! We figured there was no better way to do so than to HOP into spring with a 50’s party! This event was held to create a bonding experience for the youth and give them something to look forward to. We also used this experience to bond with the church as a whole through a hot dog fundraiser and games. It went over so well and we all had such a good time! I didn’t know I would love root beer floats so much!
The food was kept simple and classic:
- Hot Dogs
- Ruffles Chips
- Root Beer Floats (We served these floats with different pop options like Fanta, Coca Cola and Root Beer. We also had a diet option with Diet Pepsi and No Sugar Added ice cream)
- Balloons and tablecloths – Hot pink, light pink, purple & turquoise (These can be purchased at Dollar Tree or Walmart.)
- Amazon Scene Setters like this mock soda shop table and stool set up
- Decorative cutouts to hang or tape around the walls
- Super cute ice cream centerpieces for the root beer float table
- Ice cream cone shaped napkins from Dollar Tree
- 50’s inspired table with a record player, glass bottles of Coca Cola, 50’s candy (Pixy Stix, Double Bubble, Smarties), 50’s games (Old Maid cards, Yahtzee, Risk,) hula hoops, Godzilla, and a paper listing the top things from the era! The exact paper I used can be found below. I created it using Canva.
I ordered some cute 50’s decorations from Amazon and set up a selfie station with lots of Photo Booth style props! I used a 50’s diner scene setter as the backdrop along with foil fringe curtains. This was a nice way to break the ice by having everyone start the party off with some fun pictures before they potentially messed up their hair with games.
You can’t have a 50’s party without 50’s music! I brought my bluetooth record player to add to the the ambiance. I spent weeks filtering through old songs from the 50s to make sure they were appropriate. Some of the favorites were Puppy Love, Don’t Be Cruel, Put Your Head on My Shoulder, Stagger Lee, and so much more! I’ll share my full playlist below.
Learning the Hand Jive
I added Willie and the Hand Jive by Johnny Otis to my Apple Music 50’s Playlist and synced my phone to a bluetooth record player. I played this song while teaching the kids how to hand jive. It was loads of fun for me and the kids alike! I learned how to hand jive via YouTube with the below video.
The 1950’s Trivia was one of our favorite ways to include the rest of our church in this event since we had it directly after Sunday school. Sometimes the adults want to have fun too! We have an older congregation, so it was nice that they knew a lot of the answers to this trivia that our youth struggled with. I even heard some of them trying to share answers and had to tell them no cheating! haha There was a small prize of a candle and a journal at the end for whoever got the most right.
The 50’s party ended with a basket raffle. The proceeds of this raffle went to our general youth account. I purchased an Easter basket from Walmart and filled it with lots of 50’s goodies from both Walmart, Amazon, and the Dollar Tree. The contents of the basket included:
- Pixy Sticks
- Bubble Gum
- Peanut M&Ms
- Ruffles Potato Chips
- Cheez Whiz
- Hot Tamales
- Dum-Dum Pops
- Old Maid
- Go Fish
- Pioneer Woman Storage Containers
- $5 Dunkin’ Gift Cads
- $5 McDonald’s Gift Cards
- Prize box with small options from the Dollar Tree
Both Dunkin’ and McDonald’s came out in the 50s so it was a good option to keep it in the era.