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Dad's Diner

This retro 1950’S DINER FATHER’S DAY PARTY was submitted by Michelle Stewart of Michelle’s Party Plan-It.

I love that this theme would be great for so many occasions from a birthday party to a Father’s Day celebration to a baby shower!

The 1950’s diner party ideas and elements I like best in this event are:

  • The car shaped food boxes
  • The edible records made with black licorice wheels
  • The cupcakes served in ice cream dishes and topped with a cherry gumball
  • The retro metal diner signs
  • The jukebox
  • and MORE!

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Dad's Diner


Here’s what Michelle said about the party

– “Father’s Day is one of my favorite holidays of the year. A day for me to celebrate my husband who is the best Father I could ever hope for to our 3 sons and not to mention a wonderful husband. This year’s celebration was a challenge for me because I had less than 2 weeks to plan it. With so much going on lately, June was here before I knew it and I still hadn’t thought of a theme. Finally, the Hubby and I decided on a 50s Diner style party. So with that “Dad’s Diner” was created and I started right away with designing the necessary stationary and backdrop to allow myself time for printing and assembly.

First stop, Hobby Lobby and Home Goods where I found the diner style signs, Coca-Cola paraphernalia, and the Gas pump. I lucked out when I found a retro Coca-Cola napkin dispenser, trays and vintage car favor boxes on a resale party supply Facebook group page. It was all finally coming together but I kept thinking how cute it would be if I could find a retro dinette set to add to the ambiance, and luck would have it I found one on Craigslist! It needed a bit of TLC, but nothing my wonderful hubby couldn’t handle, so I got it for a steal! Nothing like a good deal to get the party planning fire started!

My boys took our guests orders and the hubby grilled hamburgers and hot dogs. Dinner was served in burger baskets with chips and pasta salad. For refreshments we offered the choice of lemonade or bottled Coca-Cola. There were donuts, cookies, cherry pie, apple pie, cupcakes and tons of candy to choose from for dessert. We had a blast and best of all, the Hubby had a great time!”

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  1. Darlene says:

    I love this. Where did you find the Chevy car boxes?

  2. Susan says:

    Would you please share HOW you made those candy pepermint centerpieces in the coke glasses?? Pretty please :) :) :)

  3. Lynda Sheffer says:

    I’m so excited to see all your ideas for the 50’s diner. Our church does a spring Dinner theater every year to fund a mission project. Next year has this very theme and color scheme…b/w/r/t. I can figure out most of the things, but where do I get the
    teal/white checked paper (or place mats)? This is absolutely perfect. Thanks so much.

  4. Sheila Keen says:

    Could you tell me where to order the table top juke box????

    Thanks so much

  5. brenda says:

    Where did you get the checkered floor mat ?

  6. Jennifer says:

    Can you please email me the directions to making the peppermint & coke glass centerpieces? I cannot get the link to work for the page you gave to an earlier post. Thank you much appreciated!

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  8. Ashlee says:

    Can you please tell me where you got the jukebox?

  9. Teresa says:

    How did you make the red & white striped candy centerpiece? That’s really neat! Thank you!