03 Jan

Awesome Retro 50s Inspired Diner {2nd Birthday}

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Belinda of Styled By Belle rocked some serious style together for her son’s Retro 50’s Diner Party! She really brought a diner setting to her own home, from the classic diner lunch food, retro serviette dispensers and table numbers to the amazing macaron hamburgers & milkshakes for dessert!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Make your own milkshake station with red milk jug & four syrup flavors
– Adorable sundae cupcakes with a striped straw & fondant cherry on top!
– Soda jerk costume for the birthday boy & black Ray Ban glasses for the “greaser” party guests
– Checkerboard vinyl flooring sheet & red + white checkered tablecloths
– Awesome custom take-out gable boxes for party guests!

hamburger macarons

diner party food

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sundae cupcakes

retro condiment bottles

diner gable box

milkshake station

red white and blue candy

50s diner party invitation

bubble gum machine party favor


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Belinda

I recently styled my son Lucas’ 2nd birthday party – which was a “Retro 1950’s Diner” themed party.

We converted our lounge room into a little rock’n’roll diner. It had cafe style seating for the kids to sit at diner style tables, a delicious sweets table, a “Milkshakes & Soda” station where guests could make their own milkshakes; and a “Take Away” station where lunch was served.


Elise from Sweet Scarlet Designs, designed a “retro” themed party stationery collection for me. While the party was a 1950’s diner, I wanted to keep the party young and suited to a 2-year old, so Elise incorporated “cookies & milk” into the design which went really well with the theme. The design collection included a cute invitation and all the printable elements for the day including buffet food labels, bottle labels, straw flags, favour boxes, thank you tags, as well as the backdrops I had printed to give the “diner” feel.


Being a retro diner, of course we had to have some black & white chequered floor, so I sourced some checkerboard vinyl flooring sheet which we placed in the middle of our loungeroom – which the guests had fun rock’n’roll dancing on later in the day.

For the kids seating, I set up 4 little tables. I put red & white chequered fabric on them for tablecloths and hired red chairs. On the tables I placed retro serviette dispensers and put table numbers on them along with little DL size menus I printed and put in Perspex sign holders. It really completed the little diner look!


We had 3 food and drink stations around the perimeter of the room. I found checkerboard look rubber flooring mats from our local discount store which I cut to size and stuck to the front of the buffet tables to give a café feel. The printed backdrops really set the scene for the diner.

Lunch was a diner inspired menu consisting of burgers, fries, hotdogs, milkshakes, cookies, sundaes & soda. At the sweets table, we served delicious treats including cupcakes made by Kiss My Cakes that looked liked “sundaes” with the striped paper straws in them and a cherry on top! We also had adorable sugar cookies in the shape of retro milk bottles and had Lucas’ name printed on them.

One of biggest talking points of the party were the macarons, made by Macarahrah, which were made to look like little hamburgers. There were 2 macaron shells sprinkled with sesame seeds (representing the hamburger bun), a slice of white chocolate (cheese slice), chocolate filling (meat pattie), raspberry sauce (tomato sauce) and mint leaves (lettuce). They were absolutely adorable and tasted yummy as well! I served this with little shot glasses of “French Fries” chips, so guests were able to order their “Burger & Fries”.

Guests loved making their own milkshakes at the drinks station. We had a milkshake mixer and 4 different flavours (chocolate, strawberry, banana and blue heaven) to choose from.


We dressed Lucas up as a little “soda jerk” and he looked adorable in his little outfit. He wore white jeans and shirt, red braces, red striped bow tie and matching arm band. He also had an adorable white soda jerk hat to wear, along with a little red apron.

The guests also dressed up for the occasion – the boys came in jeans, white tees & leather jackets – we also gave them black sunglasses & toy guitars to complete the look. For the girls, my Mum helped me make little rock’n’roll circle skirts which we gave to the girls to wear with matching ribbons & neck scarfs. The girls wore their own white tops and little bobby socks. They looked fantastic and it was very reminiscent of the John Travolta & Olivia Newton John “Grease” movie!



– Event Styling & Concept: Styled By Belle
– Photography: Jess Parker from White Spark Photography
– Cake, Cookies & Cupcakes: Kiss My Cakes
– Hamburger Macarons: Macarahrah
– Invitation & Party Printable Stationary: Sweet Scarlet Designs

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Valencia Cheatham SAYS:

too cute! I love this!

January 4, 2013 at 4:18 pm

lisa-sweet pop studio SAYS:

Super cute party! Love the cupcakes (YUM!) & paper details (especially the milk carton)

January 4, 2013 at 8:24 am

Partyerie SAYS:

Wow this amazing. Don´t you think?

January 4, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Fabelicious @ Make Fabulous Cakes SAYS:

I luv, luv, luv anything retro and this is just right up my alley! I’m trying to find what my favourite thing is but it’s so hard – I love ALL the ideas from this party, from the cake to the sundae cupcakes and the bubble gum favours! <3

January 4, 2013 at 9:11 am

Sasha (A Sasha Party) SAYS:

I Love it! My friends lovwe to Swing Dance and I could see this being a great party for swing dancers and non-dancers to eat, hang out, and dance.

January 4, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Lisa SAYS:

Where did you get the red beverage dispenser? It is so cute!

January 8, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Julia SAYS:

Oh. My. God. This is the perfect party idea! I love every single thing about it. I NEED to have something like this for my next birthday. Such an inspiration!
xo Julia

January 9, 2013 at 2:24 pm

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January 13, 2013 at 6:17 am

Elise SAYS:

Printables from this Retro Diner Party are now available for purchase on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/123768452/retro-diner-party-printable-set-cupcake


February 15, 2013 at 11:04 pm

Lourdes SAYS:

So like your idea im going to do my son Julian’s 2nd Birthday the same

May 22, 2013 at 10:07 am

Dani Elizabeth SAYS:

LOVE this sweet little theme! where did you find the favor boxes?

January 10, 2014 at 7:07 pm
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