How to Decorate for a '60s Party

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Bell Bottoms? Check. Mod print shirt? Check. Groovy tunes? Check. With all these things checked off your list, the only thing left to do is transform your home into a '60s commune with peace signs, protest posters and flower power. Before you know it, everyone will be feelin' groovy.

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Things you need

  • Slogan buttons
  • Lava lamps
  • Beaded curtains
  • '60s band posters
  • Black light
  • Black light posters
  • Colored light bulbs

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    Hang beaded curtains in the doorways. What better way to welcome your guests than with this popular '60s trend?

  2. 2

    Buy lava lamps. Let your guests become mesmerized by this '60s décor staple.

  3. 3

    Make your walls scream "flower power." Buy posters with brightly colored flowers and hang them on your walls.

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    Buy slogan buttons. Choose buttons with peace symbols, yin-yangs and smiley faces and have them in a bowl next to the entryway for guests to choose from.

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    Purchase colored bulbs. Replace light bulbs with different colored bulbs such as red or blue to cast a groovy hue all around.

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    Hang posters of popular '60s bands. Choose posters of the musicians that defined the decade such as The Doors, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep a few regular light bulbs lit so that your guests can still find their way around.
  • Remove all of your contemporary wall hangings in the main rooms where the party is to be staged to truly transform your home.
  • If you have the space, have a designated black light room and decorate it with "trippy" black light posters.
  • Leave out the psychedelic drugs. Yes, they were a huge part of the '60s but they are still illegal.
  • Make sure your decorations aren't fire hazards. Keep the entryways clear of large decorations such as full-size cutouts of Jimi Hendrix or large lava lamps.

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