Rock & Roll Party: Let’s Go to the Hop Takes a Birthday Celebration Back in Time


Joint Birthday Parties Form Fun Costume Event

By Monique Jones for Eventgroove

Chris and Hilary Neden created an event that took its party-goers back to the 1950s and 1960s. Their “Rock & Roll Party: Let’s Go to the Hop,” took place on the 25th of January and featured bobby-soxers, dancing and even an appearance by Elvis.

“It was a combined 50th & 60th birthday which we renamed as 1950’s 1960’s Rock & Roll party,” Chris and Hilary said. “All the guest were encouraged to come dressed up in 1950’s or 1960’s costumes.  We had elegant ladies from the ’50’s, ladies in full circle skirts & poodle skirts with bobby socks, hippies from the 60’s, an Elvis ‘look-a-like,’ etc.” Even though the party started at 6 p.m., the event was one that was great for all ages. “Our age range was from two-year-olds to 85-year-olds and everyone had a fantastic night dancing to only music from the ‘50s and ‘60s”.

Not just anyone was invited to this special birthday party celebration. The event was one that was invite-only, with no influence from Facebook or other types of social networking or multimedia. Being surrounded by family and friends surely made the night even more special.

For Chris and Hilary, one of the best parts of the event was seeing everyone have a fun time reliving the magic of the ‘50s and ‘60s. The highlight was that everyone had a fantastic time and the main surprise was an Australian Ballroom Champion & his partner performed the jive for all the guests”.

Are you planning on creating a special birthday party or themed event for yourself or your organization? Chris and Hilary have some advice for you, especially if your event is private. “For a private function we had caterers to provide the food so we didn’t have to stress about that and we asked guests to pay $20 per head to cover the costs in lieu of presents.  Plus lots of family and friends to help set up and tidy up at the end of the day.”

Now we want to hear from you! Do you think you’ll follow Chris and Hilary’s example and have a retro-themed party for an upcoming birthday or organization event? If so, talk about what kind of party you’d have in the comments section below.

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