It was my husbands 50th birthday (and he was born in 1955), so a 1950s party theme seemed appropriate. In keeping with this theme, we wanted to do a 50's diner. We hired a couple of caterers for the day, and they were worth their weight in gold. Best party we ever had. Served hamburgers, hot dogs and french fries, in vintage-style cardboard serving baskets (remember them?), with the best burgers in town. Guests ordered their food at our make shift dinner and we were free to have fun.
This made the food planning simple, and with the help of two professional caterers we hired by the hour ($35 ea per hr), everyone ate well, and my husband and I were able to focus on having fun at our first 1950s party. It was great that people could eat when they wanted. Just walk up to the diner and order.
Our daughter Sierra, (pictured above with Andy), dressed as a carhop, and helped serve. Our other daughter, and nephews helped park cars. We had a great turn out so parking cars turned out to be a big job. Some of Andy's friends even showed up in classic cars (Andy is a car guy). Guest included high school friends Andy had not seen in 35 years, and nearly everyone dressed 50's. A very special memorable party!
My brother standing in front of the diner, in his 50's style shirt. His burger practically disappears in that shirt.
Here's How we did it
In the house, I had a display of photos from all the special times in Andy's life, and 1950's monster movie posters everywhere.
We made sure we had the freshest buns and trimmings, as well as a great quality burger. It was a hit! Even my vegetarian friends said it was the best meatless burger they ever had.
The fries were deep fried right on the spot, in a deep fryer, and the burgers were barbecued on our back yard grill, pulled up to the diner area.
I loved NOT having to worry about filling serving bowls, keeping things hot, or keeping the flies away. Also didn't need to worry about anyone going hungy. Food was always there made to order. The caterers cooked, cleaned, served, and before they left, they prepared plenty of food for the evening. It was like we were guests at our own party. Total cost of caterers was $300 for the whole day and we did nothing regarding food.
The cake was a sheet cake I ordered from Safeway bakery. It was a big 1957s Chevy tail fin. Here's a photo of my mom and I cutting the cake. The cake design wasn't great, but it was delicious.
There was even dancing at the diner. The 1950s party was a great party!