How to Hype The Groove for Awesome 60’s Themed Events
Are you all set to get your groove on? What’s more fun than throwing a 60s themed event!
A 60s event makes a great party theme! This is an age of loads of colors, returning to nature and “letting it all hang out”.
Throw up a peace sign, amp up the flower power, celebrate the decade of the Beatles, Laugh In, and Woodstock and follow our guide for everything you need to plan a 1960s themed event for all of your free-loving, hippie friends, and people who love celebrating life and dancing with it.
And there was light! Lighting is crucial in setting the stage for your ’60s themed event. For your 60s event decor, stock up tinted bulbs to provide the place a groovy glow. If you can get your hands on some strobe lights or lava lamps, you’ll be able to create an immediate psychedelic vibe.
Remember that the ’60s weren’t just about peace and love. They were also a celebration of modernist furniture, pop art, Vespa scooters and the British Invasion. So there are plenty of creative ways to decorate for this theme.
Here is your 60s decoration starter kit:
- Love Beads
- Lava Lamps
- Beatles Posters and other famous 60s musicians/bands
- Peace Sign Party Decorations
- Woodstock Posters
- Play Laugh In TV Show reruns on a screen
- Tie-dye wall decals and tablecloths
- VW Econoline Hippie Van stand-up or centerpieces for the tables
- simple mod-style party decorations
- Pop Art posters on the walls
- British flags
- Chinese lanterns
- You could also go for Space Age including moons, rockets, and stars
Everyone’s favorite part of a party is the costumes! Make your ’60s event come alive by modeling your look after famous icons from the 60s fashion era.
60s Outfit Starter Kit:
- For the Ladies:
You can create Hippie costume by gathering a pair of bell bottoms, a vividly colored shirt with a fringed vest over-top, headbands, and crazy large sunglasses
- For the Gentlemen:
Go for a “Mad Men” look complete with suit and tie and hat.
For your hippie look, you can go for bell bottoms, old rock band T-shirts, fringed vests, headbands, sunglasses and of course, the platform shoes.
If all else fails, take a long-haired wig and slap on a ratty T-shirt and ripped jeans…INSTANT HIPPIE!
You don’t have to revive a specific ’60s icon to play dress up! For a general ’60s fashion, look for any of the following fun clothing and accessories:
- Huge, round sunglasses
- Tapered pants and skinny ties
- Shag hairdos
- Nehru jackets
- Go-go boots
This decade was the start of the health food craze. Hippies also usually love greens, so various salads will be perfect party food. For your ultimate 1960s themed event have easy-to-serve dishes like :
- cheese and fruit on toothpicks
- nuts of various kinds
- lunch meats
- cocktail sausages
- shrimp cocktail
- quiche lorraine
For an enjoyable dessert, have round sugar cookies. Get creative and use icing to draw a peace sign or yellow smiley face on every cookie. Dessert ideas include:
For the cocktails, you can go with beer and wine, but you can also include cognac, martinis, etc.
For a non-alcoholic alternative, stock up on Gatorade, Cola, and Slurpees!
Music is a key element to any 1960s themed event since the decade featured numerous well-known anthems and rallying cries for a generation.
In this era, new revolutionary music arrived, including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Kinks, Motown bands like The Supremes and The Temptations, North American rock musicians like Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and The Mamas and the Papas shouldn’t be left out either. There is absolutely something for everyone!
60s Event Ideas
Dancing was the “it” thing to do in the ’60s. So push those couches against the wall and make room for a dance floor. Popular dances from the ’60s almost always begin with the word “the” — The Twist, The Pony, The Bird, The Mashed Potato, The Watusi, The Ska, The Monkey, The Tighten Up. Buy instructional dance videos and play it in the background so guests can copy the steps.
Nothing speaks “peace, love, and understanding” quite like a vividly colored flower or peace sign on the cheek. Face painting is a joyful way for people to get in the spirit of the ’60s. Look for an all-inclusive kit that includes washable, non-toxic paints made for the skin, many brushes and different kinds of stencils. Be sure to have plenty of paper towels on hand for easy clean-up.
At the end of the event, your guests will go home remembering how your party was groovy!
Make memories that last forever by making events people love.
Like what Austin Powers always says, ” Yeah, baby!”
Life is a celebration sing and dance with her :).
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