Granted, this was not a party that she could throw together the morning of, but she and Brian, who designed the sock hop’s official T-shirt, like it that way. “I start working on the various crafts about three weeks in advance and do them on Saturdays and Sundays with the boys,” Jessie says. “Getting them involved is the most important thing, right?”
That, too, is something she remembers from being little, when her mom was always crafting, her grandfather made her little wooden toys, and her grandmother wrote and illustrated a book -- about her own experiences as a 5-year-old, in 1924 -- to give to Jessie when she turned 5.
Pictured, candy-wax-lip favors and Jessie’s homemade pinata were big hits.