on the guest list, divide the party into large groups. Give
the assignment for each team to lip-sync one song from the
movie GREASE. You'll need to have prepared several copies
of the soundtrack (get a friend to burn the CDs) ahead of
time as well as gather all the CD players you can - enough
for each group to have a CD and something to play it on. Allow
each group 15 minutes to pull it together (although, depending
on your group, you can decide exactly how long to give them.)
Just remember, it is going to take some time to watch them
all! Give awards for originality and creativity among other
categories. If only two groups, then just allow each group
to see each other's skit. You can either let them choose any
song from the movie or let them draw it from a hat (showing
them in the order of the movie.) You could also assign the
songs to different groups if you feel this would go over easier
(although, when it comes to getting a song they don't want
to do, it's much easier to swallow when you've drawn it from
a hat than when the host/hostess of the decided it for you
You could also divide the guests into men and women, giving
the women Sandra Dee and the men Grease Lightening. For REAL
daring guests, switch that and allow the guests to play opposites!
your local thrift store and pick up as many cheap records
as you can get your hands on, no matter what the label. These
look fantastic hanging about as decoration. The hole in the
middle makes them easy to hang or attach to walls. For added
fun, you can glue your own record labels on each (including
either real bands from the 50s or you can create your own
using the names of some of your guests.) These records can
also be handmade using poster board. However, the real albums
from the thrift stores look MUCH better (and are quicker and
easy 45" records, take all those AOL and MSN CD's you
get in the mail and spray paint them black. These already
have a hole in the middle! You can then make your own labels
to glue on the center. You can either make up your own song
titles or use popular ones from the decade. You could also
write words about the guest of honor or can utilize many of
the guests' names.
really fun centerpieces, make ice cream sundaes that don't
melt!!! With an ice cream scoop, dish out some 'vanilla' scoops
of 'ice cream' from a big tub of mashed potatoes (if you look
closely at restaurant photos of their ice cream, they often
use mashed potatoes because of their likeness and ability
to hold up under heat.) With some chocolate syrup, shaving
cream (for whipped cream), nuts and a cherry, you'll have
an AMAZING sundae that will not melt! These are great for
outdoors as well as indoors. The weight of the mashed potatoes
(as well as that of the glass dish it is sitting in) will
even weight down a bouquet of helium balloons.
two large (VERY square) boxes, make a couple of fuzzy dice.
You can either simply spray paint them pink and glue on the
dotes (cut from construction paper) or paint them on (though
the latter takes more time because you'll have to wait until
the sides dry before you can rotate the dice to paint the
bottom side.) These are GREAT hanging overhead at the entrance
to the party. They also make great piñatas.
movie poster for GREASE makes a great front cover for your
invitations, especially if you plan on using the GREASE theme
throughout. The graphic for it can be found by visiting a
couple movie poster websites and 'nabbing' the image by either
right click/cutting and pasting or by right clicking/Save
you really want to go all out with the high school theme or
GREASE, try some of these:
a. Have a school picture section (like they do at the beginning
of the school year)
b. Give everyone class schedules
c. Get some photos of some of the parents (if a children's
party) and put them on a single page for teachers of the school.
d. Ask those who would be willing (adults) to bring in some
of their high school pictures from the 50s and 60s - these
are a hoot and look great on a big sheet of poster board.
Your guests will have a great time matching the photos to
the people in the room.
e. Hang a big sign saying CAFETERIA over the food area.
f. Hang a big sign saying that there is going to be a big
pep rally right after school (you can even make pep rally
posters like "Crush the Bears!")
g. If you have arranged seating, set each table up like different
classes (i.e. Home Ec, Woodshop, English, Pre-Algebra, etc.)
TO PLAY BINGO 50's STYLE!!!
out all of the Bingo cards on a large table (or series
of tables with a clear circular path) and position all
players around the table(s) such that each player is
in front of one card. When it's time to play, start
playing some great 1950's music and allow your guests
to walk in a continuous circle around the table(s).
When the music stops, every player stops in front of
the Bingo card they're closest to. Call out a space
the way you normally would in a Bingo game. Then start
the music again and have your guests walk (or dance)
around the circle again. Once again, when the music
stops, each player must stand next to the nearest Bingo
card waiting for the next space to be called. It's not
enough to get BINGO in this version...one must be standing
in front of the winning card when it wins!!!