If you’re not sure how to throw a 60's themed party, begin by taking a look back at that decade. It began with the idealistic promises of a handsome young president, and ended in chaos. The 60's brought us The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and the birth of the countercultural movement. It was the decade of the Vietnam War, hippies, flower children, psychedelic drugs, peace, love and understanding. The 60's were nothing if not wild, and a 60’s themed party is a terrific way for you and your friends to have a far-out groovy time.
One way to set the clock back four decades is to send your invitations in the mail. To make sure they are in keeping with the theme, print them on paisley or fluorescent papers. Take a look at the designs of pop art artists Peter Max, or Andy Warhol to get some era appropriate design ideas. For an invitation with real impact, buy a bunch of random vinyl 45's at a thrift store, and add your own label to the record, with all the details of the party invite.
Make 60's attire mandatory for your party. The decade is so diverse that practically anything goes. Guests can choose to emulate the neat and clean early part of the decade, with the men in narrow suits and skinny ties, and the women in tailored dresses. Think The Beatles on the cover of “Hard Days Night,” Tippi Hedren in “The Birds,” or the entire cast of “Mad Men.” The latter part of the decade gives your guests a chance to get really wild with long hair, beads, flower power, tie-dye, bell-bottoms and mini skirts. Take a trip to the thrift store for extra accessories like wide belts, scarves and groovy sunglasses to help everyone get into the spirit.
The music of the 60's includes some of the greatest rock and roll legends of all times. The Beatles were everywhere, and they have to be featured at any 60's party. Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, The Who, The Beach Boys, Credence Clearwater Revival and The Kinks are just a few of the artists and bands that came on the scene in this decade.
You should definitely get that old game of Twister out of the closet, as it was born in the 60's. Another classic party game from that time involves passing an orange from person to person without using your hands. The orange is held between your chin and your neck, and passed on, usually to a member of the opposite sex, in an awkward, but intimate, contortion that encourages a lot of flirting and laughter.
Food and Drink
Fondue was a huge craze in the 60's. Set up one fondue pot for things that can be dipped in melted cheese, and a separate pot for things to be dipped in melted chocolate, and all of your food groups are covered. As for drink, if you’ve been looking for a chance to try Tang, look no more! Believe it or not, this drink of the 60's astronauts is still available. Mix Tang with vodka, and it’s definitely a party!