If you're planning a '60s theme party, you can get your guests into the swing of things before they arrive by putting a little effort into some groovy invitations. A bit of psychedelia and Peter Max-style artwork is perfect for your invite to a swinging evening of flower power and vintage rock 'n' roll.
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In the spirit of '60s communes, get some friends together to help you with the invitations. Use high-quality handmade paper for the artsy look or pieces of paper bags for the creative-but-broke hippie effect. Using markers, crayons or Day-Glo paint, create handmade drawings of birds, flowers and sunshine for the fronts of the cards. Alternatively, cut pictures out of magazines and make collages related to the '60s theme.
Although people in the '60s didn't always speak in the stereotypical manner associated with the decade, it's fun to pretend they did. So write the invitations using over-the-top characterisations of groovy hippie lingo. An example: "Hey cats: Make the scene on November 13. Hip dudes and outasight chicks will groove to an atmosphere of peace, love and revolution. Be there or be square. Bring your vinyl."
Rather than just mailing your invitations, have them delivered to your friends, preferably at work, by real, live hippies or people who look like them. Find some people who are under 30 but look the part and are willing to walk around barefoot for a day delivering invitations. Your friends will either love it or hate it.
The crowning touch of authenticity is to make your invitation smell like the '60s. The easiest way to do this is to dab it with patchouli oil before you put it into the envelope. Alternatively, make the invitations while you're baking fresh bread at your house. The scent of certain banned plants is not recommended, because they're illegal.
Jazz up your invitations by including photos from the '60s, especially if you and your friends are actual '60s survivors. Mount photos of you and your friends from back in the day on the fronts of the invitations. Find a good photo of each friend you're inviting and put it on the front of her invitation. The more embarrassing the photo is, the more effective it will be.
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