1950s/Greased Lightning Theme Party

For the last 4 years I have had the privilege of arranging the theming for an annual scrapbooking camp held at Totara Springs just out of Matamata.  This year the theme was ‘Greased Lightning’.  For most of the weekend the theming stretched only as far a name tags, room labels and work table decorations, but on the Saturday night for dinner we went all out.   While the campers donned their full circle skirts, cats eye glasses, tight black leather pants and pink wigs I set to giving the dinning room an overhaul.

1950s / Greased Lightning Image 1

1950s/Grease Lightning Image 2
Party Décor Favourites:
  • I loved working with the Pink, Turquoise and Purple colour scheme.  They added the necessary pop of colour among all the black and white checks.
  • The ice cream soda centrepieces were another favourite.  I wanted to incorporate the neon lights we tend associate with 1950s so I filled the tall cone vases with acrylic ice and ran a strand of battery operated lights through them.
  • Lastly, the final touches of the theme coloured chocolate gems (similar to Smarties and M&Ms) as a self serve favour bag and the ‘Grease’ movie trivia card really finished it all off perfectly.

If you have any questions or comments regarding how we put this theme together or if you would like us to create a party for you then please contact us either via email or through the comments section below.





3 comments on “1950s/Greased Lightning Theme Party

  1. Jessy

    hi there, I am having a grease/ 50s theme for my 21st at end of jan.. what tips do you have???

    1. Nadine

      Hi Jessy, this is such a fun theme I’m sure you’ll have a great time. What tips do I have? I would start by choosing a colour scheme and selecting decorations that are in-keeping with the colour scheme and overall theme. Key spaces to decorate are the entrance, tables, and a few carefully selected spaces around your venue. Give careful thought to the way you light your venue, what forms of entertainment you will provide and the food and drinks you serve. I think it always adds to a theme party when the food and drinks match the theme too – for this theme diner food like burgers, ice cream sodas and sundaes are a great fit. Then to top it all off think about your guests – what signage can you add to help them know what is happening and how things are meant to work. These signs don’t have to all be big as you can see from the examples in the photos above. You could also consider a party favours to give each of your guests as a way of saying thank you to them for coming – these can also add to the decor as well as being a nice memento for them to take away with them at the end of the night. If you are serving alcohol, be sure to be a responsible host by supplying plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverage options, as well as designating someone to make sure that all your guests get a ride home with a sober driver. Lastly I suggest getting someone to be your designated photographer so that all your hard work and celebrating can be enjoyed over and over again in the years to come. I hope that helps you Jessy, if there is anything we can do to enhance your special occasion feel free to email us, and may you have a very happy birthday. Best Wishes Nadine.

Leave a reply