Plan a Retro Corporate Party
Edited by Nerissa Avisado, Lynn, Eng
Retro. That oft-repeated word is thrown around in today's scene without everyone really understanding what it means. It's time to let your office mates know what the word is all about when you plan a retro corporate party. Harken back to the bygone eras, rich in traditions and memories, while everyone is in polka dots and polyester. Let everyone experience a party reminiscent of the past that seems to have more entertaining elements than what we have in the present. Dress up the way your grandparents did, and have fun reliving ancient history, as everyone enjoys good old-fashioned food and drinks. It's the perfect party to rock!
The first thing to do, after deciding to use retro as a theme for your corporate party, is to have a working knowledge of what the word means. Retro is a Latin prefix, which means "backwards or in the past," as implied in its usage in the words retrograde and retrospective. Both words refer to the past. Retro became more notable in the postwar period, and soon it was being applied to nostalgic French fashions that became popular in the past. Shortly afterwards, retro became a statement in English society when a rather cynical revival of older, but considerably more recent fashions were introduced.
Today, retro is a term that is used in modern culture as a reference to anything that is consciously derived or imitates anything ranging from fashions to trends and attitudes that permeated between the 1940s and the 1980s. It became more successful as items were recreated through fashion, by reviving clothing styles worn in those eras, and pairing them with current clothing to exaggerate the big comeback. Retro articles are generally vintage items that are at least 15-20 years old, and are still in well-preserved condition. However, older articles of clothing can also be worn at a retro party.
So take off that corporate outfit to wear your archaic ensemble and try to relive the golden memories of the past in your retro corporate party.
Guide on How to Plan a Retro Corporate Party
- 1Choose an era.
- 2Serve the right food.
- 4Relive the era.
- 5Dress up to the occasion.
Party Ideas from Over the Ages
- 1Roaring Twenties (1920s):
- Decorations: The venue can be dressed up as an elegant New York club, or be in the atmosphere of a speakeasy, where guests need to speak in a low voice through a small hole to gain entrance.
- Costume: Women can wear loose dresses with receding hemlines and short hair, while men can come in comfortable ensembles of sweaters and shorts. Don't forget the fedoras and top hats to complete the outfit.
- Music: It's a choice between a big band playing Louie Armstrong hits, or compilation of iTunes of songs popularized by Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey.
- Food and Drinks: Tea sandwiches, pineapple upside down cake, deviled eggs, lemonade, orange pekoe tea, and Chinese food.
- 2Swingtime 1930s and 1940s:
- Decorations: Set up an awesome, vintage Hawaiian luau party in the middle of a tropical village with tiki poles and huts. Surround the area with lanterns, garlands, and leis. If there are more singles than couples, you can fashion the place as a military barracks or camp in tribute to the brave men during the war.
- Costume: Come in Hawaiian get-ups, or in military uniform. Ladies can don sexy vintage lingerie and curly hairstyles.
- Music: Play old favorites from the chosen decades and start dancing the boogie woogie, jazz, and be-bop.
- Food and Drinks: Lay out in the table the following choices of appetizers: Endive salad, clam chowder, canapés, stuffed olives, deep dish apple pie, oatmeal cookies, gin martinis, and sloe gin fizz.
- 3Rock 'n Roll 1950s:
- Decorations: A soda fountain makes the perfect backdrop for your 1950s themed party. Lay black and white checkered covering for the floor, and rent chrome seats with pastel green or pink upholstery. A vintage jukebox will be a great addition to a room full of '50s memorabilia, such as fuzzy dice and lawn flamingos.
- Costume: Women can wear tailored dresses with pencil skirts and halter-necked tops, or fashionable maternity wear that became "in" due to the baby boom factor. Men can emulate the iconic get-ups of the king of Rock n' Roll himself, Elvis Presley, by wearing tight trousers, leather jackets, and making their hair slick with tubs of gel.
- Music: Fill the air with songs popularized by Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, The Platters, Frank Sinatra, and Ella Fitzgerald.
- Food and Drinks: Satisfy the palate with French fries, pretzels, chicken barbecue, hamburgers, grilled cheese, apple pie, root beer floats, ice cream sundaes, soda pop, lemonade, and malted milk.
- 4The Sixties:
- Decorations: Match the decors with the tie dye outfit of the guests. Fill the space with big sunflowers, neon smileys, peace banners, and flower power signs.
- Costume: The trends were generally unisex, so both men and women can come wearing the same tie-dyed shirt over bell bottomed trousers. Accessorize with John Lennon style eyeglasses, and a peace sign necklace.
- Music: It's not difficult to find vintage '60s music because they still live on today. The biggest names are the Beatles, David Bowie, and Motown artists such as The Temptations and The Kingsmen.
- Food and Drinks: Feed your hippie guests with Michigan macaroni and cheese, pot roast, chicken vermouth with broccoli, wilted spinach salad, sherry cherry jello, hot fudge cream puff sundae, Boston cooler, and party punch.
- 5Stellar 1970s:
- Decorations: Hang beaded curtains and that glimmering disco ball in the center of the dance floor.
- Costume: Men will look dashing in disco ensemble of three piece suits popularized by John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever, while women can wear flared trousers and tube tops. Get the most outrageous pair of platform heeled shoes to become the party rage.
- Music: Own the dance floor as you groove to the tunes of The Jackson Five, Bee Gees, Abba, Queen, LED Zeppelin, and The Rolling Stones.
- Food and Drinks: Food ideas include meatballs, stuffed celery, salad bar, fettucine Alfredo, salmon loaf, quiche Lorraine, carrot cake, mixed fruit fondue, fruit punch, bloody Mary, and champagne punch.
- 6Punky 1980s:
- Decorations: Fill the venue with bursts of colors and patterns that are typically '80s - metallic black, polka dots, bright neon colors, and animal prints.
- Costume: A lot of clothing articles are inspired by MTV artists like Madonna and Michael Jackson. Women can come in miniskirts, tops with shoulder pads, and big hair. Men can be comfortably dressed in Hawaiian motif shirts.
- Music: Aside from Madonna and Michael Jackson, you can also include in your playlist songs by Cyndi Lauper, Debbi Gibson, Whitney Houston, Duran Duran, Chicago, and Tears for Fears.
- Food and Drinks: Refill the plates with servings of spinach and bread dip, tri-color pasta, steak sandwiches, rice krispies, and orange Julius.
Tips, Tricks and Warnings
- Set up a photo booth in one corner of the venue to allow guests to have their photos taken, showing them in their own choreographed poses.
- Plan an awards ceremony to give out prizes in several categories, such as Best in Costume, Most Vintage Look, and Most Creative titles.
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Recent edits by: Lynn, Nerissa Avisado