You can invite Jimi Hendrix, the Doors and Janis Joplin to your next birthday party. Whether you lived through the times and remember them well or simply want to take a ride in a time machine, a late sixties/early seventies birthday party could be just the thing. Include games, party favours and decorations that bring back the spirit of peace, love and the hippie movement. Throwing a late sixties/early seventies birthday party is a "groovy" way to have a blast and experience the flower-power era.
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Cake and Party Decorations
Black light posters, a peace sign cake, and peace sign cups and plates are elements that enhance a late sixties/early seventies atmosphere. Black light posters can be purchased at novelty stores or online. These are posters that become bright neon under a black light. They were popular during the late sixties and early seventies, making them ideal for party decor.
Games and Contests
Host a karaoke contest allowing guests to sing some of their favourite songs of the era. You can find karaoke CDs at music stores and some department stores, as well as online. Encourage your guests to dress the part with jeans, headbands, summer dresses and longhair wigs. A tie-die festival is another way to create the atmosphere of the late sixties/early seventies. If you know someone who can strum an acoustic guitar, consider hosting an outside jam session where guests sit around a campfire and sing songs popular at the time. Include songs like "Give Peace a Chance" and "Kumbaya."
Offer period-related door prizes or prizes for the best sixties/seventies costume. These can include CDs of some of the popular music of the time, such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and the Beatles. Other period-related prizes include mood rings, peace sign necklaces, flower hair clips, or black light posters. You can find many of these items at novelty shops or online.
Purchase the Woodstock concert DVD, pop some popcorn and gather around the TV (or just have it playing in the background) to revisit the 1969 concert that will forever stand as a symbol of the time. The special edition DVD is over three hours long and can be an enjoyable memory for those who may have been there and an exciting experience for those who weren't.
Cheese fondue, chips and guacamole dip and Swedish meatballs are foods popular during the late sixties and early seventies. These foods can be served to lend an authentic feel without going to great lengths to prepare them.
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