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Party like it's 1959

With vinyl records finding a new audience with a younger generation, it may be the perfect time to have a throwback party to an era that had sock hops and a skinny Elvis.

This is also a way to plan a cross-generational gathering which can be fun for everyone involved.

Perhaps the most important aspect of a 1950s party is the music. Think the Platters, Johnny Mathis, Sam Cooke and Carl Perkins.

One fun thing to do is to take an older song from the 50s and find a current band who has either updated or covered it. An example of this is The Penguins' Earth Angel, which was recorded in recent years by the Seattle indie-rock band Death Cab for Cutie.

In terms of party decorations, look for old records that you can hang on the wall, though be sure it isn't a mint condition Elvis LP or the older crowd may have a fit.

Finally, you may as well pretend you're in the 1950s with the food and serve milkshakes, greasy French fries and a burger. Remember, counting calories wasn't a big thing back then.

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