Team Pink or Team Blue? Gender Reveal Ideas

Team Pink or Team Blue? Gender Reveal Ideas

Team Pink or Blue Gender Reveal Party Ideas

These days, finding out the gender of your baby is more than just the ultrasound technician sharing the news at an appointment. It’s an opportunity to gather with friends and family and make the big reveal a celebration of your baby! True gender reveal party themes can be hard to come by, so we’re thrilled to offer these Team Pink Or Blue? Baby Shower Decorations. These party supplies feature a retro sporty look in bright pink and blue. The ensemble includes dessert plates, dinner plates, reversible pink and blue beverage napkins, luncheon napkins, and lots of pink and blue solids to match.

Are you preparing to throw a Team Pink or Team Blue baby shower? Read on for our decor, food, and activity ideas!

Decor: Decorating for a Team Pink or Team Blue Baby Shower is easy! We love the idea of decorating half of the tables with pink decor and half of the tables blue, and as guests arrive, ask them to sit at a pink or blue table based on their prediction of the baby’s gender. Decorate the pink tables with Candy Pink tablecovers, bright pink gerbera daisy floral centerpieces, and tableware from the Team Pink or Blue Baby Shower Decorations. Decorate the blue tables with Turquoise tablecovers, blue-tinted gerbera daisy floral arrangements, and tableware from the Team Pink or Blue Baby Shower Decorations. A cute idea is to arrange the gerbera daisies in baby bottles that you can clean and give to the expecting mom after the party. Hang a bright pink pennant banner across one wall and a bright blue pennant banner across the facing wall. Also include crisp white accents with streamers, tissue paper poms, and hanging lanterns.

Food: We recommend throwing a mid-afternoon party so a coffee and dessert menu will suffice. To eat, desserts like cupcakes, cake pops, and cookies can be iced pink and blue to fit the theme. To drink, serve coffee and spa water. Make a pink spa water with watermelon and mint and a blue spa water with blueberries and lemon.

Activities: The main activity of the party is guessing what the gender will be, so give your guests the information they need to choose their side! Look up old wives tales for predicting gender and consult with the expecting mom about her experience with each. For example, the baby’s heart rate, how the mom is carrying, and the mom’s skin are all old wives tales to predict gender. There’s also the Chinese calendar, the pencil test, and the ring test. Present each of these old wives tales at the party and have guests make their predictions and choose Team Pink or Team Blue. Have pink and blue clothespins for guests to wear to show off their guesses.

When it’s time for the big reveal, there are many ways to stage it. Most of these ideas require someone to know the gender of the baby before the parents to arrange the surprise. You can ask your doctor to slip the gender of the baby in an envelope to hand off to the person who is staging the reveal. Here are some ideas:

  • Cut into an iced cake to reveal a pink or blue filling.
  • Put a baby boy or girl’s outfit into  a closed garment bag for the parents to unzip.
  • Fill a large box with helium-filled pink or blue balloons for the parents to open.
  • Get cans of pink or blue silly string and have guests circle the parents and spray them for a fun surprise.
  • Pop an opaque balloon filled with pink or blue confetti.

Are you throwing a gender reveal party for a special couple? Be sure to drop your favorite ideas in the comments below!

Nautical Baby Shower Ideas

Ahoy Matey Nautical Baby Shower Ideas

Ahoy! Have we got an adorable baby shower to share with you today! Our new line of nautical baby shower supplies features a design of navy and white chevron, yellow with white polka dots, and a myriad of favorite nautical insignia, including anchors, sailboats, crabs, and whales. This nautical baby shower is a perfect gender-neutral choice that is especially perfect for a summertime baby shower.

Are you loving our Ahoy Matey! baby shower theme as much as we are? Read on for nautical baby shower decor, food, and activity ideas!

Decor: For your Ahoy Matey! nautical baby shower, use a preppy color palette of navy, white, yellow, and red. Begin by setting tables with yellow tablecovers and prep each place setting using pieces from the Ahoy Matey! ensemble. For centerpieces, create floral arrangements featuring red and blue flowers. Blue delphinium and red poppies make for a playful and party-appropriate arrangement. Cover the food table with a  navy blue tablecover and some fisherman netting. Adorn the table with seashells, starfish, and sand dollars for beachy feel. Include decorative anchors, lighthouses, lanterns, and sailboats into the decor; most discount home decor and craft stores have a wide selection of nautical decorations.

Food: It’s easy to give a baby shower menu a nautical twist with these ideas –

  • Crab Sandwiches — Chicken salad sandwiches on croissants cut to look like crabs
  • Sea Salt Potato Chips — Individually bag kettle sea salt chips in brown bags tied with navy and white baker’s twine
  • Star Fish Cookies — Sugar cookies cut into star shapes and iced to look like friendly star fish
  • Spicy Crab Dip — Your favorite spicy crab dip recipe presented in a crab dip bowl
  • Sailboat Fruit Salad — Halve and and hollow out an oblong watermelon. Cube the watermelon and and mix it with other fruits. Place fruits in hollowed watermelon rind and add a “sail” made from a triangle of paper and a wooden skewer
  • Seawater Punch — Create a blue punch using blue Kool Aid, lemon-lime soda, and white cranberry juice. Let red marischino cherry “bobbers” float on top
  • Salt Water Taffy — Bag various flavors of salt water taffy in clear cello bags for a take-home treat for your guests

Activities: Here’s an itinerary to keep your nautical baby shower sailing smoothly –

  • Gust Arrival and Advice Cards — 20 minutes — As guests arrive, give everyone time to chat, set down their gifts, and find a seat. Also ask guests to fill out advice cards for the expecting mom. Use this nautical wording as a prompt: “As Guest of Honor’s Name embarks on her maiden voyage into parenthood, please give some words of wisdom to help her encounter smooth sailing.”
  • Eating — 25 minutes
  • Nautical Rope Belly Measure Game — 20 minutes — Give each guest a length of nautical rope and ask them to cut it down to the length they believe the mother’s belly is. Have the mom-to-be wrap each rope around her belly; whichever guest comes closest to the actual measurement without going over wins.
  • Nautical Rope Bracelet Craft — 20 minutes — Your guests will love making nautical rope bracelets to take home and wear after the party. They’re simple to make using maritime cord and a spring clasp.
  • Gifts — 25 minutes
  • Cake — 25 minutes
  • Dismissal

With these ideas and a little creativity, you’re ready to set sail and plan a nautical baby shower the expecting mom and her guests will never forget!

Umbrellaphants Baby Shower Ideas

Umbrellaphants Party Supplies

If you want to shower an expecting mom with love, look no further than our adorable Umbrellaphants Blue Baby Shower and our Umbrellaphants Pink Baby Shower themes. Pink for baby girls and blue for boys, this theme features a little polka dotted elephant holding an umbrella while hearts sprinkle down. Polka dots and gingham outline the edges of the party supplies adding to the adorable feel of the Umbrellaphants ensemble. Are you throwing an Umbrellaphants baby shower? Keep reading for decor, food, and activity ideas!

Decor: For an Umbrellaphants baby shower, we love the idea of mixing and matching disposable party supplies with your nice linens and dishes. Begin by covering tables with white linen tablecloths and setting each place with a charger topped with an Umbrellaphants plate. Use Umbrellaphants napkins with your silverware, and for cups fill crystal goblets with water and use 9 oz Umbrellaphants paper cups for lemonade and iced tea. In the centers of half of the tables, set our mini honeycomb Umbrellaphants centerpieces, while on the other tables use hydrangea floral arrangements for centerpieces. Fill up Umbrellaphants balloons with helium and tie balloon bouquets around the room.

Food: To save money, consider throwing the baby shower mid-afternoon so you can serve light snacks and finger foods, like veggies and dip, caprese skewers, fruit salad, and cheese and crackers. For something more substantial, consider croissants with chicken salad and cold cuts. And a cake is a must! Take a plate from your Umbrellaphants party supplies to your local bakery and ask them to decorate a cake to match. Also consider petit fours, chocolate chip cookies, and whoopie pies for desserts.

Activities: After your guests arrive and eat, gather the group for an activity and a couple games! For the activity, a fun idea that the expecting mom will appreciate is letting each guest decorate a onesie for the baby! Have iron-on decals and embellishments so everyone can design their own onesie, and at the end of the shower the mom-to-be will have a bounty of oensies for the baby. Next up is game time! For an umbrellaphants shower, we like to keep the animal theme going with the Baby Animal Name Game. For this, create a list of animals and their respective baby names. For example, a baby elephant is a calf and a baby horse is a foal. Mix up the names and see who can match them up fastest. Lastly, while the mom-to-be is opening gifts, keep guests engaged with a game of Baby Shower Bingo. For this, give each player a blank bingo board, a pencil,and board markers. Before she begins opening gifts, have the guests fill in each square on the board with items they think she’ll receive. As she opens gifts, have guests mark their correct guesses and call out “bingo” when they get a complete row!

You can’t go wrong with an adorable Umbrellaphants baby shower — the expecting mom and all her guests will love it!

Mod Baby Shower Ideas

Mod Baby Shower Ideas

If you’re preparing to throw a baby shower for an expecting mom who is always chic and stylish, then our brand new Mod Baby Shower ensemble is for you! This theme features the trendy color combo of silver-grey and yellow, stripes and polka dots, and the silhouette of a mom-to-be. This is a great gender-neutral baby shower theme that celebrates mom in an elegant and upscale way.

Read on for baby shower ideas to match the Mod Baby Shower supplies:

Decor: Go elegant and understated with your Mod Baby Shower decor. Cover the tables with white linens, and at each place setting use one of our Mimosa Placemats and our Mod Baby Shower tableware. In the centers of alternating tables, fill hurricane vases with lemons. On the other tables, use floral arrangements made from white peonies and yellow billy balls. Make the cake table the focal point of the room by hanging yellow and grey tissue paper pompoms above it. Spread a yellow chevron tablerunner down the center of the table, and in the center of the table display a grey and white polka dot cake on a cake stand. Around the cake feature yellow and grey candies in clear glass jars.

Food: Keep the elegance going with the food by serving mini finger foods. Crustless tea sandwiches, pickle bites, caprese picks, mini quiche cups, deviled eggs, and mini cups with veggies and dip are just a couple ideas. You could also serve some of the mom’s pregnancy cravings! Besides the cake, some sweet ideas include cupcakes, cake pops, lemon bars, and macarons. To drink, serve lemonade in a clear glass dispenser. Don’t forget some of our black and white paper straws!

Activities: When throwing such an elegant and trendy shower, it’s important to keep the games and activities tasteful, too. No dirty diaper games here! Here are some ideas to help you keep it classy:

Filling out advice cards is a classic baby shower activity that is fun for the guests — and helpful for the expecting mom! Rather than blank cards, though, provide prompts on the cards, such as:

  • ____ will save your life.
  • Remember to ________.
  • [Father's name] is going to _________.
  • Never _________.
  • Be sure to enjoy _________.
  • Say goodbye to _______.

Another fun idea is to set up a onesie decorating activity. This is great because onesies are fun to make — and the expecting mom will need plenty of them! Get solid-colored onesies and have iron-on appliques and fabric paint to embellish with.

A  game that your guests will enjoy is to ask each guest to bring her baby photo to the shower. Hang the photos on the wall with numbers and ask guests to guess who’s who on paper. Whoever gets the most correct wins!

Do you know a chic expecting mom who would love this ensemble? Share your ideas in the comments below!

Bow or Bowtie? Throw a Gender Reveal Party!

Bow or Bowtie? Gender Reveal Party

We are thrilled to introduce our very first gender reveal shower theme, Bow or Bowtie?! This theme is perfect for gathering family and friends for a celebration to unveil whether the bundle of joy will be a “little man” or a “little miss”! The theme features bright pink and blue hues, polka dots and stripes, and onesies with bows and bowties. It’s a playful theme that will make it fun to divulge the big reveal!

Read on for fun Bow or Bowtie? gender reveal party ideas:

Decor: The Bow or Bowtie? theme comes with lots of adorable party decorations that make decorating for your gender reveal party easy. Begin by covering each table with alternating blue and pink tablecovers. One some tables, use the Bow or Bowtie? Honeycomb Centerpiece, and on other tables, use floral arrangements made from blue and pink hydrangea. Incorporate balloons from our Bow or Bowtie? Metallic Balloon Cluster Pack into the floral arrangements.

Bow or Bowtie? Gender Reveal Party Decorations

Hang the Bow or Bowtie? Circle Ribbon Banner above the cake table to make it the focal point of the room. Cover the cake table with the Bow or Bowtie? Plastic Tablecover and dress it up with a gender reveal cake surrounded by blue and pink candies. From the ceiling, hang our Bow or Bowtie? Printed Hanging Cutouts to add dimension to the room.

Food: Please the expecting mama by serving the foods she’s craving most during her pregnancy. Writing “Craving…” at the top of a chalkboard and list out the featured foods that she’s loving. The foods could be fast food French fries, chocolate milkshakes, pickles, and pizza — the cravings of each mom-to-be are unique! To drink, pour pink and blue punch into glass beverage dispensers. Serve the drinks in glass mason jars with our Classic Pink and Pastel Blue paper straws.

Bow or Bowtie? Gender Reveal Cupcakes

For dessert, serve white cupcakes iced with white frosting and topped with our Bow or Bowtie? Cupcake Toppers. Another fun dessert is pink and blue cotton candy ice cream!

Activities: The main event is the gender reveal, of course! To surprise the expecting parents, have the doctor’s office write the gender in a sealed envelope and give it to whoever is in charge of staging the reveal. At the party, get the guests excited by asking them to choose “team pink” or “team blue.”

Bow or Bowtie? Gender Reveal Cake

Here are some fun ways to divulge the gender to the expecting parents and their friends and family:

  • Bake a cake with a pink or blue center and ice it so you can’t see what color is on the inside. Have the expecting parents cut into the cake for the reveal.
  • Have the parents unwrap a baby outfit that is either for a boy or a girl.
  • Fill a large box with pink or blue helium balloons. When parents open the box, the balloons will float out!
  • Get blue or pink silly string and on the count of three, spray the expecting parents.
  • Use our Bow or Bowtie? Baby Reveal Scratch Off Cards!
  • Fill an opaque balloon with pink or blue confetti. Have the parents pop the balloon with diaper pins for the surprise.
  • Fill two opaque squirt bottles with pink or blue paint. Have the expecting parents wear white t-shirts and have a messy paint fight to reveal the color inside.

No matter what you choose, make sure someone is ready with a camera to capture the priceless reactions of the parents.

With these ideas, you’ll be ready to help the expecting parents celebrate this special time and to prepare for their little man … or their little miss!

Sweet Baby Feet Green Sip and See

Today we’re excited to share this Sweet Baby Feet Green sip and see in honor of baby Wyatt. Scroll through the photos and then read details below about the sip and see.

Sweet Baby Feet Baby Shower Invitations

Sweet Baby Feet Baby Shower

Sweet Baby Feet Green Baby Shower

Sweet Baby Feet Baby Shower

Sweet Baby Feet Baby Shower

Sweet Baby Feet Baby Shower

Sweet Baby Feet Baby Shower

Sweet Baby Feet Baby Shower

This Sweet Baby Feet Green sip and see was originally scheduled to be a baby shower in September, but the first-time mom was ordered bed rest on the shower date. Rather than cancel it, the shower was postponed until a couple months after the baby’s due date, and it was decided it would instead be a “sip and see” open house! What’s a sip and see? A sip and see is basically a baby shower, but it takes place after the baby is born so the guests can meet the baby and congratulate the parents on their bundle of joy. Sip and sees are typically more low-key than showers, are often thrown as open houses where guests can come and go, and usually men and women attend.

Many sips and sees feature champagne or cocktails, but in the dead of winter — and occurring on the same day as a snow storm — this sip and see featured a hot chocolate bar with a CrockPot of homemade hot chocolate, whipped cream, peppermint and regular marshmallows, peppermint syrup, candy canes, caramel syrup, Pepperidge Farm vanilla Pirouettes, and candy cane stir sticks.

The other “sip” was a beverage dispenser filled with citrus spa water made from oranges, lemons, and limes. The Sweet Baby Feet Green 9-Ounce Cups were perfect for the sip and see because they could be used for both the hot cholate and the cold spa water.

To eat, savory items included chips and veggies with dip and cucumber sandwiches. Dessert items included chocolate, vanilla, and lemon cupcakes, German chocolate cake, and cookies. The food was served with the Sweet Baby Feet Green dinner and dessert plates, luncheon napkins, and celery cutlery.

Rather than buying gifts off a registry, guests of the sip and see brought diapers and wipes as gifts — both really appreciated by the new parents!

Baby Wyatt’s Sweet Baby Feet Green sip and see was a definite success! All of the guests had a great time, and the fact that Wyatt was there made it even more special.

Purple Party Themes!

Pantone Color of 2014, Radiant Orchid

Here at PartyPail, we have purple on the mind, and it’s all because of Pantone’s Color of 2014, Radiant Orchid! The purple-meets-pink hue is cheerful and warm, and we predict purple parties will be all the rage during 2014.

Looking for purple party supplies for your next event? We have purple party themes that are perfect for adult and child birthdays, showers, Easter, Mother’s Day, and more. Here are 10 of our favorite PartyPail party themes that are predominately purple!

1. MADHOUSE Black Orchid

MADHOUSE Black Orchid Party Theme

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If you’re looking for a party theme that exemplifies Radiant Orchid, then our MADHOUSE Black Orchid theme is for you! Featuring a color palette of black, silver, white, and purple, with lovely orchid flower illustrations, this sophisticated theme could be perfect for any number of occasions. This ensemble includes both disposable paper and reusable melamine pieces that create a stunning effect on a tabletop!

2. Plumeria Party Decorations

Purple Plumeria Party Supplies

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Combining royal purple and lavender with punches of red and lime green, these purple plumeria party decorations are lovely for any number of events, including women’s birthday parties, girls’ birthday parties, bridal showers, and baby showers. The color combination of this ensemble is especially perfect during spring and summertime!

3. 60th Vintage Vixen Party Supplies

Purple 60th Birthday Party Supplies

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Know a “vintage vixen” who is about to fabulously turn 60 years old? Our bold purple 60th Vintage Vixen party supplies are a tongue-in-cheek, yet elegant, option! With a royal purple design that looks like a sophisticated wine bottle label, there are so many fun ideas to complement this party theme.

4. Butterfly Sparkle Party Decorations

Butterfly Sparkle Birthday Party Supplies

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Butterfly Sparkle is a girls’ birthday party theme that is bright and colorful and features purple, chartreuse, orange, pink, blue, and more! If your birthday girl loves butterflies or has a spring or summer birthday, then this could be a perfect theme for her!

5. Disney Tangled Party Supplies

Tangled Birthday Party Supplies

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Tangled is one of our most popular Disney princess party themes! The ensemble features Rapunzel wearing her signature purple dress and a dreamy color palette with varying shades of purple, pink, magenta, and golden blonde. Your birthday girl is sure to love this perfectly purple theme!

6. Lilac Blossoms Party Decorations

Lilac Blossoms Party Theme

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With a soft, romantic, and vintage floral design featuring varying shades of purple, blue, and green, the Lilac Blossoms party supplies are perfect for your upcoming spring Easter and Mother’s Day gatherings. It’s also lovely for bridal showers.

7. Owl Pal Birthday Decorations

Purple Owl Birthday Decorations

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We bet you know a birthday girl who would be delighted to celebrate with this cute purple owl party theme! Featuring pink, purple, and lime, an adorable owl and some fluttering butterflies, this purple party theme is the stuff girls’ dreams are made of!

8. Purr-ty Time Party Supplies

Cat Party Supplies

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Ready for a purrrrfectly purple celebration?! Our Purr-ty Time party theme showcases four adorable, party-ready kittens with a color palette of purple, lime green, yellow, and pink. Celebrate the feline-loving birthday girl in your life with this theme!

9. Castle Fun Party Supplies

Castle Fun Party Theme

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Everyone knows that purple is the color of royalty, so it’s only natural that purple is the main color of our Castle Fun birthday ensemble. Featuring purple, yellow, and pink castles, tiaras, wands, and more, this is a fitting theme for the birthday princess in your life!

10. Dora the Explorer Party Supplies

Dora the Explorer Party Theme

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Our Dora the Explorer party theme showcases Dora, Boots the Monkey, and Backpack, her trusty purple sidekick. The background of the ensemble is a rich ombre purple that fades from dark purple to fuchsia. Our purple Dora theme is always a hit with the kids!

Looking for more purple? Be sure to check out our solid purple party supplies and lavender party supplies!

Entertain with MADHOUSE Party Supplies

MADHOUSE by Michael Aram Party Supplies

We are very excited to announce that we now carry the MADHOUSE collection of party supplies! The collection is inspired by artist and craftsman Michael Aram’s signature collection, and the fine quality paper and melamine products are a gorgeous addition to any baby shower, bridal shower, dinner party, birthday party, or occasion that calls for something stylish.

There are six different designs in the MADHOUSE Collection by Michael Aram, which we are thrilled to introduce to you today.

1. MADHOUSE Black Orchid Party Supplies

MADHOUSE Black Orchid Party Supplies

The Black Orchid collection features a black, white, and purple color scheme, as well as gorgeous metallic design elements and pretty illustrations of orchid flowers. The romantic colors and elegant aesthetic of this design make it perfect for women’s birthday parties, engagement parties, bridal showers, and bachelorette parties. Pair the Black Orchid party supplies with other glamorous details, such as crystal chandeliers, black taper candles, and potted orchid plants.

2. MADHOUSE Botanical Leaf Party Supplies

MADHOUSE Botanical Leaf Party Supplies

Botanical Leaf is a light and airy design that features the form and texture of sea grape and eucalyptus foliage. The collection includes soft silver, white, and mint colors, which make it perfect for bridal showers, baby showers, engagement parties, 25th wedding anniversaries, and springtime occasions, like Mother’s Day. Pair Botanical Leaf items with white linens, white candles, and elegant white flowers, like peonies, lilies, and roses.

3. MADHOUSE Fig Leaf Party Supplies

MADHOUSE Fig Leaf Party Supplies

The Fig Leaf party supplies incorporate a taupe, chocolate brown, white, and bronze color palette with wood grain and fig leaf designs. This collection was inspired by Californian wine country, so it’s a great choice for your next dinner party or birthday party. Pair these MADHOUSE Fig Leaf party supplies with wine bottle candles and rustic decor, like burlap, potted succulents, and farmhouse tables.

4. MADHOUSE Lemonwood Party Supplies

MADHOUSE Lemonwood Party Supplies

Lemonwood is one of the most popular and playful MADHOUSE collections because of its lemon slice design and bold white, black, gold, and yellow color palette. The collection has a definite summery feel, so it’s great for seasonal occasions, as well as bridal showers, birthday parties for all ages, and baby showers. Pair the MADHOUSE Lemonwood party supplies with vases filled with lemons and other citrus-inspired decor.

5. MADHOUSE Ocean Party Supplies

MADHOUSE Ocean Party Supplies

The Ocean Collection is inspired by the sea and features coral, sand dollar, and sea glass elements in white, shimmery neutrals, sea foam green, and pops of fiery orange. This collection is perfect for any number of occasions, including beach-side soirees, weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, and summer affairs. Use beachy decor when hosting with the Ocean Collection, such as hurricane vases filled with sand, sea shells, and water.

6. MADHOUSE Olive Branch Party Supplies

MADHOUSE Olive Branch Party Supplies

A black, gold, and wine color palette make the Olive Branch party supplies an elegant and bold way to celebrate a birthday, 50th wedding anniversary, engagement party, or any elegant dinner party. These formal party supplies remind us of the Italian countryside, so they make a great accompaniment to an Italian meal. Pair Olive Branch with wine bottle candles and Italian bistro music.

We’re so excited to offer the elegance and style of MADHOUSE by Michael Aram! Tell us, what is your favorite design?

50s Sock Hop Party Ideas

1950s Sock Hop Party Ideas

If you have a reason to celebrate, it’s time to gather your favorite cats for a good old-fashioned 1950s sock hop. Sock hops are ideal for any number of occasions, including baby showers; bridal showers; community, school, and church events; and kids and adult birthdays. 50s parties are especially perfect for 50th birthday parties!

No matter what your reason to celebrate is, we offer all the supplies you need to throw a sock hop bash. Our Black Check party supplies look just like a 1950s checkered dance floor, and the effect is totally righteous when you pair Black Check with our Fabulous 50s party supplies. Our Fabulous 50s theme includes fun soda, juke box, and rock and roll touches, and we even have fun dress-up items to get your greasers and dolls looking the part.

Now, for some totally hep sock hop party ideas:

Sock Hop Invitations

It’s so simple to make your own DIY sock hop party invitations that look like vinyl records or a poodle skirt. All you need is sturdy card stock, scissors, glue, and a printer. Use some fun, 50s sayings like, “shake, rattle, and roll,” “rock around the clock,” or “grease monkeys and beauty school dropouts” to get your guests ready to jive, 50s style.  Be sure you tell your guests to come in costume — poodle skirts and Grease Lightening attire are encouraged!

Sock Hop Party Decorations

Transform your party space into a 1950s soda shop with these decor ideas:

  • Cover the tables with Black Check tablecovers. For centerpieces, arrange pink roses or carnations in old fashioned soda glasses.  Make sure each table has an old-fashioned straw dispenser, soda cups, and Fabulous 50s plates and napkins. 
  • Go to thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales and stock up on old vinyl records. Hang them from the walls and suspend them from the ceiling.
  • Trace, paint, and cut out a large juke box and tape it to the wall. If you really want to get into the sock hop theme, rent a juke box for the event!
  • Make a DIY 1950s dance floor by painting black and white checks on a large sheet of ply wood. This will require a little construction, but it’s definitely worth it.

Sock Hop Party Food

Think 1950s diner and soda shop when planning the food. This menu will keep all your guests happy:

  • Appetizers: Cheese and crackers, pigs in blankets, and popcorn.
  • Entree: Burgers and fries. Serve the burgers in paper wrappers and the fries in paper boats. Don’t forget a veggie burger option!
  • Dessert: Cake served on a vinyl record cake stand, retro candy served in clear glass jars, ice cream sundaes.
  • Drinks: Root beer floats, old-fashioned soda in glass jars.

Sock Hop Party Activities

Dancing at your sock hop is an obvious must! Make a playlist on your computer, hook up the 1950s rock Pandora station, or rent a real juke box to crank some tunes. If you can, bring in a dance instructor to teach your guests some legit 50s dance moves like the hand jive, bunny hop, mashed potato, and the twist!

With everyone in costume, you’ll definitely want photos! Set up a photo booth by hanging  the Black Check Tablecover from one of the walls. If you want to go all out, reach out to your local classic car club and see if any members will bring one of their 50s muscle cars by for photo opportunities.

Once the sun sets, stage a 50s drive-in theater in your backyard by projecting a movie up on a rental screen or a white sheet. Set around lawn chairs and blankets for your guests to cozy up on, and keep the popcorn flowing.

Be sure to share your 50s sock hop ideas in the comments below!

 

Cow Print & Milk Baby Shower Ideas

Cow Print and Milk Baby Shower Ideas

For an udderly adorable and playful baby shower, check out our brand new Cow Print Boy and Cow Print Girl  themes! The girls’ theme features bright pink and lime, while the boys’ theme features aqua blue and lime. And both the boy and girl themes have an adorable Holstein cow print that makes for a surprisingly chic look. As the party supplies say, “Moo la la!”

Here is a sampling of the Cow Print party supplies:

Cow Print and Milk Baby Shower Supplies

 For this baby shower, we recommend tying in the colors, the cow print, and lots of milk — oh-so appropriate for the celebration of a mom and her soon-to-be baby! Read on for cow print baby shower ideas and inspiration!

Cow Print & Milk Baby Shower Decor

Begin by decorating the party space with some of the Cow Print baby shower supplies! Fill the cow print balloons with helium, tie them with black curling ribbon, and let them float to the ceiling with the ribbons cascading down. Tie the Baby Cow Print Metallic Balloons on the backs of alternating chairs, and hang the Baby Cow Print Giant Banner behind the food table.

Next, accent with coordinating solids. For boys, use our Bermuda Blue line. For girls, use our Bright Pink line. Black and white can be an accent for both boys and girls! Drape streamers, make balloon bouquets, and top it all off with Honeycomb Tissue Balls and Honeycomb Tissue Fans.

Now, add your own DIY touches! We found the following decor especially inspiring:

Milkaholic Baby Shower

Keep everything black and white with small pops of color. Via Hostess with the Mostess.

Cow Print Baby Shower

  Cover the tables with cow print fabric from the craft store. Via Karen Ayers.

Milk Baby Shower Food

Got milk? You should if you’re throwing a cow print baby shower! One idea is to throw a cookies and milk shower. Bake up several batches of cookies, or ask each guest to bring a batch of her favorite cookie to share.

Another fun idea is to throw a cereal bar party around brunch time. To do this, fill glass apothecary jars with favorite cereals and put a scoop in each jar.

For both the cookies and cereal party ideas, a milk bar is a must! Have pitchers filled and labeled with different types of milk, including skim, 2%, vitamin D, chocolate, strawberry, and banana. For those who can’t have dairy, also consider having soy, almond, and/or coconut milk options! Keep the pitchers of milk on ice in a “trough.”

Here is some food inspiration:

Cow and Milk Baby Shower Food Idea

A chocolate and white cake and Cow Tails candy make for a fun dessert table. Via Stefanie’s Portfolionline.

Milk Bottles for Party

Use cleaned-out Starbucks Frappuccino bottles for the milk. Via Glitter and Gloss.

Milktails

Or, serve the milk in margarita glasses as “milktails!” Via MG Party Impressions.

Clearly, this is one baby shower theme that is dripping with adorable details. For more ideas, be sure to check out our Cow Print/Milk Baby Shower Pinterest board!

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