50's Sock Hop - Middle School Cotillion

At my daughter's middle school, the 6th grade class gets to participate in Cotillion. It is a 4 week program hosted by the PTA that teaches etiquette, manners, and dance. I volunteered to co-chair the first dance, which is the 50's Sock Hop. Want to see how we threw a 50's theme party-- including decorations, fun party food and entertained 150 middle school kids on a Friday night? Well keep on reading!

Cotillion is an etiquette/dance instruction program held every February for the 6th graders. It is hosted by the PTA and consists of 4 themed dances. The four dances are on Friday nights, for 2 hours and include a lesson, dancing, food, and fun.

To prepare for the event, our team set up tables and decorations in the school. Most of the items are used every year, so we don't have to make new decor each time.

Due to latex allergies, we aren't allowed to do balloon arches. But I found this great 'back drop' frame at Walmart and used it to create the entrance. We draped it with vinyl and then added several layers of decor. (Here is a link to the backdrop I ordered.) 

I created a 'Route 66' sign and 'sock hop' lettering for the photo booth this year with my Cricut. Other than that, we re-used what we had!

The centerpieces are from last year, they are made to look like ice cream floats. 

We hung decals and decor every where.

Old record albums were donated a few years back. The kids thought these were so cool.

Sign Gypsies donated the signs for the events each week. If you are local, contact my friend Lisa at Sign Gypsies West - she does all the signs for both my daughters' school events as well as the cutest birthday yard signs.

A parent got an antique car 'on loan' for the event, the kids had a blast taking pictures with it.

The dance lessons are led by a married couple - who are professional dance instructors. They are fun and energetic. The kids learn dances that correspond to the weekly theme.

For snack, we served Root Beer Floats and popcorn. Parent volunteers helped with all the food prep and serving. 

What made this event even more fun, was that my friend and I co-chaired it together! Our girls are friends too and it was so neat to put this event together for the 6th grade class.

The next three parties will be organized by other parent volunteers. The themes are Western, Disco, and Mardi Gras. My daughter and her friends had so much fun at the first event, I know the next three will be a blast too!

Questions about our PTA sponsored Cotillion or this 50's party? Send me an email at : craftytexasgirls@gmail.com

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