I love planning a good theme party. I’m not quite sure whether it’s the cute things you get to create, the endless possibilities you have, or the way your vision all comes together for one special day.
A really great theme party is like having a living Pinterest board.
We decided to throw a 64th Beatles party for my dad based on the song “When I’m 64.” He loves the Beatles, and my sisters and I thought it would be a pretty cool theme to work with.
“When I’m 64” Photo Collage
Below is a collage my sister PK made with pictures of my dad through the years, with the song title “Glad All Over” hanging above.
Also, old records hanging from the ceiling added to the Beatles party decor.
Beatles Song Signs
As far as my tasks, I began with the most time-consuming one, which was making the song banners.
We picked out 20 Beatles songs – mostly Dad’s favorites, and cut out the individual letters so we could make these signs.
I used a pack of pre-cut letters from the dollar store, and I traced the letters I needed on yellow and blue paper. I used regular blue construction paper and a thicker yellow paper. Both worked fine.
Then I cut each letter out. I used an exacto knife for the holes in the Os, Ds, As, etc.
Once completed, I flipped the letters over and hot glued fishing wire to the back so that you couldn’t see the string in the trees.
We hung them in the house and outside. They looked especially cool hanging from the trees.
The songs we used were When I’m 64, You Say It’s Your Birthday, All My Loving, All Together Now, Come Together, Eight Days a Week, From Us to You, Glad All Over, Good Day Sunshine, Here Comes the Sun, I Want to Hold Your Hand, Johnny B. Goode, Love Me Do, Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, Twist and Shout, With a Little Help from My Friends, and You’ve Really Got a Hold On Me.
I also cut out food banners based on song titles. Above the appetizer table, we hung “Come and Get it” and above the lunch table, we hung “Can’t Buy Me Lunch.”
The dessert table was coined “The Magical Pastry Tour,” and the drinks station was labeled “Fuel on the Hill.”
Food Labels using Beatles Songs
My favorite part of planning the Beatles party was creating themed labels for all of the food.
We altered song titles to make a creative label for each food item.
My dad helped us come up with the wording – and both of my parents were getting a kick out of how funny we found some of the names.
I still laugh when I read “I Want to Hold Your Ham.”
Pictured above are most of the food labels.
To make them, I dragged the Beatles picture into Photoshop and then added the name of the dish in a cool font. I love finding awesome fonts.
You could also use a basic program like Paint to create them too.
Listed below is the full menu we served at the Beatles party, along with the song title food labels.
Lunch – Can’t Buy Me Lunch
Meatballs/Rolls – While My Meatball Gently Weeps
Mac and Cheese – Get Back Mac
Grilled Ham – I Want To Hold Your Ham
Pineapple and Hawaiian Rolls – Here Comes the Bun
Fruit Salad – Strawberry Fields Forever
Baked Beans – Let It Bean
Potato Salad – The Salad of John and Yoko
Slice and peel potatoes – All You Need Is Spuds
Green Salad – Lettuce Be
Irish Soda Bread – Hello, Good-bread
Hot Dogs (for kids) – Hot Dogs and Mean Mr. Mustard
Hot Sauce – Do You Want To Know a Secret Sauce?
Butter – Help, I Need Some Butter
Appetizers- Come and Get it
Veggies & Onion Dip – Golden Cucumbers & Glass Onion Dip
Mini hot dogs – Piggies (in a Blanket)
Cheese, crackers, pepperoni – I Should Have Known Cheddar
Cream Cheese Pinwheels – Cheese Cheese Me
Dessert – The Magical Pastry Tour
Cake – P.S. I Love Cake
Butterscotch/Cut-Out Cookies – Cook-ie in the House
Blueberry Bundt Cake – Til There Was Blue-berry
Snickerdoodles – Yellow Submar-doodles
Dixie Cups/Chocolate Syrup (for kids) – Here Comes the Sun-Dae
Apple Tarts – Apple Record Tarts
Drinks- The Fuel on the Hill
Beer – Can’t Buy Me Bud
Wine – I Feel Wine
Sodas (Pepsi, Dr. Pepper) – Pepsi Lane & Sergeant Doctor Pepper
Juice – Hey Juice
DIY Beatles Party Hats
I also made these Beatles party hats. I figured they were cheaper to make, and I could personalize them.
We used the names of the four Beatles – John, Ringo, George, and Paul. My dad’s name is John, which added to the creativity.
We also had a cousin George coming – and he loved his hat shout-out too.
To make the Beatles party hats, I used a free template I found online and purchased scrapbook paper. I did a bunch of test prints (on regular paper) until I got the words lined up right.
Then, I printed on the scrapbook paper. After printing, I hot glued elastic (you can get rolls of this at craft stores) to the insides.
Next, I used our own heads to get a good feel for how long of an elastic to use. Apparently, the hats worked for dogs too.
Beatles Face Cut-Out
The highlight of the Beatles party was this amazing, almost life-size, face cut-out board of the Beatles, created by my sister Bridget.
She collected the different paint colors from around the house and garage, and then drew, painted, and outlined.
As far as the face cut-out board, we bought a 4×8 from Home Depot and had it cut in half at the store – for the convenience of it fitting in the car and also for the convenience of storage later on.
Then, we connected the two pieces with hinges.
It turned out amazing! So amazing that we had to do a dog pic!
Abbey Road Photos
And last but not least, a Beatles party would not be complete without an Abbey Road replication.
We used the patio (and had to use inverse colors –but nonetheless, the point was made) for this fun little scene.
Overall, it was a fantastic party! My dad had a very happy 64th birthday, our guests loved all the little details, and we had a great time putting everything together for the Beatles party.