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Vintage Birthday Ideas: Throw an Unforgettable Retro-themed Party

Planning a birthday party? The first step is choosing a theme. And what better way to celebrate than by hosting a vintage birthday party? Vintage style is all about breathing new life into something old,...

Vintage birthday: friends at a party with confetti and a disco ball

Planning a birthday party? The first step is choosing a theme. And what better way to celebrate than by hosting a vintage birthday party? Vintage style is all about breathing new life into something old, whether you choose a specific era like the disco '80s or concepts like Old Hollywood glamour. In this article, we will explore some incredible vintage birthday party ideas, including retro themes and decor tips. We will also showcase a handful of vintage birthday party invitations that perfectly match the mood of your event.

How to Host a Vintage Birthday Party

Hosting a birthday party doesn't have to be complicated. By breaking down the process into a few simple steps, you can plan a vintage birthday party that you and your guests will love. Let's dive in!

Pick an Era or Theme

The first thing to do is decide on a theme or era for your vintage birthday party. If you love classic Hollywood glamour, think about hosting a Great Gatsby party. This Roaring '20s theme incorporates flapper attire, geometric Art Deco shapes, and metallic accents.

If you prefer mid-century style, consider hosting a 1950s party. You can set up a cozy seating and dining area featuring mid-century modern furniture and accent pieces. Play a black-and-white film in the background to add to the ambiance.

For something slightly more modern, you could host a totally '80s party or a '90s theme party. Grab your one-shoulder overalls and neon-print T-shirts and get ready to party the night away. For these fun themes, you'll want vibrant decor including brightly-hued balloons, boom boxes, and high tops.

Choose a Venue

Once you've decided on an era or vintage theme, start searching for venues. Both outdoor and indoor venues work well for nostalgic events. Consider hosting your party at a museum, art gallery, or a space featuring pieces from your chosen era. You can even host the party at a movie theater if you're going for an Alfred Hitchcock 1950s-era bash. For a 1920s event, a ballroom or your backyard transformed into an afternoon tea event would be perfect.

Decorate the Space

Decor can make or break a party theme. Once you know where you're hosting the party, start dressing up the space. If you're celebrating a milestone birthday such as the 60th, 70th, or 80th, choose the decade the guest of honor was born in. Incorporate vintage picture frames featuring throwback photos of the birthday boy or girl. These nostalgic touches make a vintage party extra special.

Remember, your decor and birthday party supplies should match the era or theme you've chosen. For a 1920s party, pick glamorous elements like Art Deco centerpieces, feather boas, and fedoras. If you're going for a 1950s theme, consider pinup-style decor and fashion, including polka dot dresses and cigarette pants.

Feed the Masses

It's not a party without food! You can decide whether you want to set out hors d'oeuvres or go for a full meal spread. Again, the food should match the theme whenever possible. For a vintage birthday party celebrating the 1960s, consider offering a selection of global cuisines. A 1920s theme could feature cheese and olive platters or oysters Rockefeller.

Don't forget about the birthday dessert. Order a special vintage birthday cake from a local bakery or make your own cupcakes for a more affordable option. Add a cake topper featuring popular items from the era you've chosen, such as a record player, a mini collectible classic car, or stamps.

Your decor can also extend to your tableware such as napkins and tablecloths. Choose golden cutlery and metallic runners for a 1920s theme or incorporate bright colors and funky shapes for an '90s party.

Vintage Birthday Invitations to Inspire You

Now that you've selected a theme and have all the vintage birthday party supplies you need, it's time to start sending out invites. Get your guests excited for the big day by sending out an invitation that matches your party theme. Here are some of our favorite vintage birthday invitations to consider:

  1. Vintage Balloon Invitation: This whimsical invitation is perfect for hosting a vintage garden party or tea party. It's also ideal for 1950s parties as well as older vintage events celebrating the 1800s.

  2. Party Pattern Invitation: Party like it's 1999 and say happy birthday with this colorful invitation. It's great for a teen who feels like they were born in the wrong decade or to revisit your glory days in high school when celebrating your next birthday bash.

  3. That 70s Party Invitation: This '70s party invitation is a fun and funky way to celebrate a vintage birthday. The color scheme and typography can be customized to suit your preferences and there's plenty of room to include event details.

  4. Strike Invitation: If you've settled on a 1960s birthday party theme, get ready to rock 'n' roll with friends and family using this bowl-tastic invitation. One of the era's favorite pastimes, this invitation features a bowling pin and sign in the style of 1960s bowling alleys.

  5. Record Player Invitation: This retro invitation features a record player and vintage detailing, making it perfect for most party themes that focus on any decade throughout the 1900s. Change up the color palette to match your party decor for a cohesive look.

  6. Misbehave Invitation: Celebrate a vintage birthday party set in the Roaring '20s with this metallic invitation. The luxe Art Deco design and gold accents are right at home with the era's most popular elements.

  7. Mis Quince Años Invitation: This vintage invitation is perfect for a retro-themed quinceañera. It features illustrations of vintage roses, and you can upload your favorite birthday images to celebrate the honoree.

  8. Groovy Flowers Invitation: This delicate invite features pastel florals that almost look like a watercolor painting. It's ideal for celebrating the birthday of a young flower child as well as for adult birthday parties.

Throw It Back With a Vintage Birthday Party

Whether you're hosting or attending the event, a vintage birthday party is a great way to get nostalgic and throw it back to the good ol' days. With these vintage birthday party ideas, you can host a range of events, from glamorous flapper parties to funky '70s events.

At Greenvelope, you'll find everything you need to celebrate a vintage birthday. From vintage birthday cards to vintage birthday invitations, you'll find a design for every era. Don't forget to keep scrolling through our Stationers blog for more party ideas, planning tips, and theme inspiration for your next event.