When you think of flower power, most likely you think of hippies, tie-dyed T-shirts and all things groovy. Even if you didn't grow up in the 60s and 70s, you can still become a flower child by throwing a party with a flower power theme. The following ideas can help make your 70s flower power party totally far out, man.
Use scrapbook paper and card stock with a tie-dye theme to create personalised invitations. Embellish them with smiley faces, peace signs or hippie flower stickers from the local craft store. Alternately, create an invitation and memento in one for your guests by screen-printing tie-dyed T-shirts with the party details.
Decorate with recognisable flower power symbols, such as peace signs, smiley faces, flowers and psychedelic art. Hang beads over the doorway and hand out peace-sign necklaces to your guests as they enter. Set up your lava lamps next to your bean bag chairs and burn a little incense, but don't let the scent overpower the party. Plaster the walls with posters of your favourite flower power music icons and don't forget the black light.
Food & Drink
Granola and dried fruit are easy options, or consider setting up a buffet of different ethnic foods, such as tabbouleh, curry and falafel. Alternately, host a potluck-style dinner and encourage your guests to bring their favourite foods from the 70s. Fold tie-dyed bandannas into napkins and use rose-coloured glasses to prop up your guests' name cards.
Music & Entertainment
Set the tone with music from the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Doors or any of your other favourite flower power artists or pop icons. Rent a copy of the original Woodstock documentary and screen it for your guests.
Guest should come dressed in the flower power spirit, meaning bell bottoms and tie dye, dashikis and peasant blouses, bandannas and bohemian skirts. Encourage men and women alike to let their hair down and wear their favourite fringed vest. Love beads and mood rings are optional, and shoes should be left at the door.
Fun & Games
Have a freestyle dance contest or rent a karaoke machine and let your guests take turns singing their favourite flower power tunes. Set up a tie-dye station or teach your guests to make macrame belts. Build a fire pit in the backyard, grab your guitar and bongo drums and sing your favourite folk songs.