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Old 10-30-2010, 02:22 AM   #11
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If you don't mind looking foolish, dress to the era and bring a dish of something to share. You know, a jello-salad, Ritz and American cheese, etc. When hubby turned 60 (3 yrs ago) everyone fell right into it!
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Old 10-31-2010, 10:39 AM   #12
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Thanks for all the good ideas!
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Old 10-31-2010, 02:35 PM   #13
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1950's

I totally adore theme parties. How about a 1950's toy box that would have to include a Mr. Potato Head, a Hula Hoop, a Frisbee and Ant Farm? (Was Silly Putty from the 50s?) If the weather or space allows for people to play with them, even better! Get the camera ready!

Some music would be cool too. Elvis, Chubby Checker, Johny Cash, Connie Francis, Chuck Berry, Doris Day, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, and how about Hank Williams? I saw a Mp3 player somewhere that was shaped like a 1950's transistor radio....I wish I could remember where I saw it.

If you are hosting the party, don't forget the old School Lunch concept with either a lunch pail or brown paper bags. White bread sandwiches filled with everything from bologna, pimento cheese, to PB&J, apples, Moon pies, and a cafeteria-sized carton of milk purchased for 5 cents from the cafeteria lady with a hair net. Don't forget candy like Fireballs, coconut sundaes, candy cigarettes, and pastel buttermints.

Roller skates, hot rods, bobby socks, pony tails, and such. Will the guests dress the part? I have a letter sweater gathering dust somewhere around here. Invite me! I'll even wear saddle shoes! But if someone arrives in the motorcycle jacket with skinny jeans, a white t, and their hair slicked back, I'm gone! hahaha

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Retro gifts...I got a Slinky Dog from Duluth Trading. I frequently take him to work with me, the folks love him.
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Old 11-01-2010, 01:27 PM   #15
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The Vermont Country Store has tons of toys from the era! For hubby we had a 50s/60s era brunch with all the comfort foods of the era. Jello molds, Ritz with American cheese squares on top, cubes of Spm. It was potluck and our friends came up with a lot of ideas.
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Andy,
I am Resurrecting the thread to find out what he got for gag gifts.
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I'll let you know Sunday. The party is tomorrow night.

We picked up a bunch of gag gifts at Spencer Gifts. They have a of raunchy and regular gag gifts.
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And, how did it go? Share?
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As a 60th birthday party it was kinda sad.

A bunch of old folks standing around sharing stories from when they were younger and not drinking nearly as much as they used to. It really wasn't a big fun party as much as a reunion of people who drank together from time to time.

SO was the only one to bring any kind of gift. There wasn't much interest.

It was over early.
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As a 60th birthday party it was kinda sad.

A bunch of old folks standing around sharing stories from when they were younger and not drinking nearly as much as they used to. It really wasn't a big fun party as much as a reunion of people who drank together from time to time.

SO was the only one to bring any kind of gift. There wasn't much interest.

It was over early.
That's too bad, it should have been a great celebration! I plan on my 60th to be the party of a lifetime...I might even get arrested. I have 10 years to plan!
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