60's Themed Birthday Party

The decorations for this theme were so fun to make! The banners (aprons and records...so fitting for the era) were handmade from fabric, felt and ric rac. The photo op was a hand cut and painted cardboard flat, because what else do you think of when it comes to 1960? Cars! And old drive-in movies. We also were able to use an old vintage record for a creative balloon weight.
And...lunch is served! Mini sandwiches, good old fashioned onion dip and ruffles, celery with cream cheese on toothpicks, crush soda, and some very decorative grapes. What better to put all of this food on plates that look just like records?!

As decorations at the table go, we set out an old record player with some old fashioned candies that were popular in the 60's (Boston Baked Beans, Bazooka Bubblegum, and so on) that were laid out on the counter next to the food.

This is an example of the invitations we used for this party. Customizable, printable invites, like this one, can be found in my shop.
This was one of the cakes at the party. A "Meatloaf Cake", again, so fitting for the era. Served up in a slice with candy peas and carrots.
I made this cake to look like an old record player!
The Cute Costumes!
Everyone had fun when it came time for photos...just driving down the road!
Then we all had fun making doughnuts, since, as I learned in researching what went on in the sixties, the doughnut shops were apparently a popular teenage hangout! And, thankfully the recipe was fairly simple.

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An invitation that matches this party theme can be found at:
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Chocolate Boutique Dress Sucker Pop

As promised... a tutorial on my Chocolate Mannequins from my daughter's Paris Themed Birthday Party. They turned out so pretty! And can be used for virtually anything from party decorations to wedding favors.

Supplies:
- an inexpensive, plastic Barbie with no inside mechanisms so that she can easily be taken apart and cut in half. We found ours at the dollar store, which was perfect because of how thin the plastic on Barbie's torso was.
-Wilton chocolate candy melts
-Sprinkles and sugars of assorted colors
-If you would like to color your own sugars, food coloring and coarse sugars will be your friend.
-assorted tissue paper
-Colored ribbons
-Clear Plastic cups
-Sucker Sticks

For the mold: Take your Barbie apart until you're left with only her torso. Then cut along the sides of her torso with a pair of scissors so that you have a "mold" for the back and front of your mannequin.
Melt the candy melts in the microwave in 15 second intervals until completely smooth and melted. Use a Wilton squeeze bottle (which can be found at Hobby Lobby) and pour or squeeze the melted candy chocolate into the barbie torso cavities. Apply a sucker stick vertically to the lower half of only one of the cavities. Let both sides set completely. Carefully pop each side out of its mold. Then add melted chocolate melts to "glue" the pieces together and set in the fridge for 10 minutes. Also, for any gaps between the seams, pipe on extra melted chocolate.
Brush on a little light corn syrup to make a dress shape line on the front and back,  then dip them into colored sprinkles. Once set up and dry, punch a small hole in the bottom center of a plastic cup and carefully push sucker stick into the hole. 

Fold your choice of tissue paper vertically, until it is the height of the cup. Gather and pinch the top of the tissue and wrap it around the waist so that the ends touch or over-lap in the back. Secure with tape and cover with a coordinating ribbon.