7 Must-haves When Throwing a Retro Birthday Bash

7 Must-haves When Throwing a Retro Birthday Bash

While thinking of turning the vintage mode on is a lot of fun and exciting, well, in reality, planning for a successful retro-themed birthday bash isn’t as easy as ABC or 123.

From the invitation cards to the giveaways, you must not fail on keeping and putting the retro details for your vintage-themed party’s sake. 

But if you’re drop-dead wanting to throw that most unforgettable party of yours and amaze your friends and family, then it’s a good thing that you’ll be getting enough guide from these pages. 

So, come take a look at these things which you must first have at your party venue before you invite your guests to celebrate with you!

Invitation cards

If you want to press that “start” button on throwing your most-awaited vintage-themed birthday party ever, then you better begin by handing over invitation cards.

But one thing you must not forget aside from putting the important details such as the date/time and the venue of the party, people who are expected to come, is, of course, making your invites as retro as possible. 

It’s because, in that simple way, you’re taking one step forward to making your dream vintage-styled birthday party come to life!

Retro-decorated tables

retro decorated tables

You might suppose “okay, why are we giving attention to the tables now?”

Well, if you’re wondering, your party tables is one of the biggest things [if not the biggest], that your guests will see at your party. 

That’s why you must also keep it as retro-decorated as much as you can.

And if you’re going to serve them their food and drinks on a lifeless table, then say goodbye to your vintage-themed party thoughts right now. 


Like how you’re advised to embellish your table with the touches of everything vintage, do as such to your tableware as well.

Serve your guests using your vintage-styled tableware, and you’ll be surprised on how much they’re loving the idea of it!

Finger foods and desserts

Finger foods and desserts

One of the most promising tips to satisfy your guests on your entire vintage-themed birthday celebration is by feeding them the best that you can.

With that, take a look at these finger food and dessert suggestions you can serve on your table:

Finger foods:

  • A variety of nuts
  • Cheeser on fruits on toothpicks
  • Lunch meats
  • Cocktail sausages
  • Shrimp cocktails
  • Quiche lorraine
  • Choco fondue


  • Cheesecake slices
  • Strawberry parfait ring
  • Marble cake
  • Jello moulds
  • Fudge
  • Peanut brittle


Now, we’re down to the cocktails. Of course, who wouldn’t love drinking and trying cocktails while hyping up the vintage vibe, huh?

So, you better choose wisely when serving your party guests with cocktails. 

But, if you feel like you’re lacking idea on this, worry no more ‘coz here’s a list of cocktails for you to choose from.

  • Margarita
  • Negroni
  • Moscow mule
  • Whiskey sour
  • Mimosa
  • Gimlet
  • Sazerac
  • Martini 
  • Pimm’s Cup
  • Mint julep

Vintage bus hire

Not all partygoers expect to get a lift going to and from the party they’ve been invited to. 

So, why not surprise them by renting a vintage bus hire!

In great assurance, your guests will totally love riding the rented vintage bus hire as it will instantly make them feel like they’re on a lift going back to the 50s or 60s.

What do you think? Isn’t that a priceless idea?

Retro groovy music

One of the best ideas to welcome your guests is by playing that retro groovy music on at the background!

Thank goodness you have countless choices to choose from. 

But first, you must know your target era whether you’re going for the booming ’20s, groove to the forties, folk-rock 50s, or swaying 60s and everything they have in between.

If you’re that lazy or doesn’t have enough time searching for the perfect groovy music, you can always call for the help of your mighty and old but gold Grandparents!

So, since you’ve finished reading the entire thing, you can now say that you’re halfway to making your dream vintage-themed birthday bash come true.

With that, we wish you the happiest, grandest and vintage-est birthday ever!


Kath Ramirez embraced the dream of being a writer since she was in 4th grade. She took it seriously and she now writes for BelleVue Coach Hire Manchester, an award-winning business that’s quality branded in Manchester. Aside from writing, Kath also keeps herself busy spending time with her family, cherishing the role of a mom to 3 dogs and a puppy, reading random books, and diving into the world of photography. She’s not even a pro to whatever she’s engaged into right now, but one thing she knows, she’s happy and that’s more than enough.