How to Throw a 1960s Theme Party

For your 60s Themed Party, go Mad Men style!
For your 60s Themed Party, go Mad Men style!

60s Themed

What's more fun than throwing a party? Throwing a party that is 60s-themed! The 1960s was a transitional decade, full of changes and excitement. From hippies to modmen and everything in between, the 1960s saw a lot of bold, various styles of fashion and music emerge from the shadows of the '50s.

Check out these ideas for a 1960s themed party, including ideas for decorations, food, costumes, and more! Whether you're going for a hippie style or mod style 60s party, you'll find some great ideas here.

60s Themed Decorations

If you're going for a hippie-style 60s theme party, finding decorations and supplies for your party is going to be a cinch. Think tie-dye, peace signs, and bright whacky colors and you'll be in that groovy mindset! Did you live through the 60s? Use your memories as inspiration for your 60s party décor. If you didn't live through the 60s or can't quite remember (as is the case for many of you who lived through this decade), here are some quick and easy ideas where you can start:

For a Hippie 60s Themed Party:

  • tie-dye wall decals and tablecloths
  • peace sign plates, cups, napkins, and utensils
  • photos or posters of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Beatles, and other famous 60s musicians/bands
  • lava lamps
  • big yellow smiley-faces, peace signs, trippy looking decorations
  • VW Econoline Hippie Van stand-up or centerpieces for the tables
  • replace your light bulbs with groovy colored bulbs
  • give love beads and flowers to all of your guests to wear

For a Mod 60s Themed Party:

  • multicolored balloons (yellow, red, blue, and orange as in the picture above)
  • simple mod-style party decorations (you can even go vintage if you have the money to spend and the time to collect!)
  • crystal or sparkly chandeliers
  • champagne flutes (if you don't want to do champagne, don't forget the punch bowl and matching cups)
  • pop art posters on the walls
  • british flags
  • chinese lanterns
  • you could even go space age with moons, rockets, and stars


If all else fails, watch Austin Powers and get inspired! Yeah, baby!

Potato Platters
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Strawberry Parfait Ring
Strawberry Parfait Ring | Source

60s Themed Food and Drinks

For your 60s themed party, food and drinks is an absolute must. Depending on which specific 60s theme you're going with, your choice of food and drinks can revolve around that.

For instance, if you're going with a hippie theme 60s party, you could make brownies and call them "magical brownies". Hippies also usually love greens, so various salads will be perfect party food and you could include a large fruit bowl and fruit punch. Get creative and put peace signs on cupcakes, smiley faces on potatoes, etc.

If you're going with a more mod 60s themed party, food and drinks can be a little bit classier. Skim through recipes from the 60s online, or borrow some vintage cookbooks from your local library or grandma! Create a beautifully mod buffet with 60s finger foods and cocktails. Some of your finger foods could include: cheese and fruit on toothpicks, nuts of various kinds, tomatoes, radishes, olives, lunch meats, cocktail sausages, shrimp cocktail, and quiche lorraine. As for the cocktails, go with basic beer and wine but you can also include cognac, martinis, etc.

60s Desserts Ideas:

Strawberry parfait ring
Marble cake
Angel food cake
Jello Molds
Fudge
Peanut Brittle

Vintage 60s Mod Tuxedo Dress
Vintage 60s Mod Tuxedo Dress | Source
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1960s Theme Party Costumes

Everyone's favorite part of a party is the costumes! So here are some ideas for your 60s themed party costumes for both men and women.

For the Ladies:

  • hippie costumes can be found online for reasonable prices, or you can put a hippie costume together by gathering a pair of bell bottoms, a brightly colored shirt with a fringed vest over-top, headbands and crazy big sunglasses (check local thrift and consignment shops for vintage or retro-like pieces)
  • if you want to go for a classier feel, search modcloth.com for a 60s mod dress or go to pinupgirlclothing.com, check out ebay, rustyzipper, and etsy for authentic vintage mod dresses

For the Gentlemen:

  • go for a mad men look complete with suit and tie and hat by searching for vintage suits at thrift shops or you can find a mad men costume online
  • if you want to go for the hippie look, search nearby thrift and vintage shops for bell bottoms, old rock band t-shirts, fringed vests, headbands, and sunglasses (don't forget the platform shoes!)

If all else fails, grab a long-haired wig from your local costume shop and slap on a ratty t-shirt and holy jeans...INSTANT HIPPIE!

Hop on the Hippie Bus!

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kittythedreamer 3 years ago from the Ether Author

Thanks!


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WiccanSage 3 years ago

This looks so fun. Cool ideas.


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kittythedreamer 3 years ago from the Ether Author

Awesome!


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eaglecreek 3 years ago from Vilonia , Arkansas

I love it! now I feel like throwing "Animal House" in the dvd player.


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kittythedreamer 3 years ago from the Ether Author

Absolutely, Nell! Come on over, lady!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Love this idea! I always felt that I missed out on the 60s look, too young, then when it came back, too old! haha! can I come to your party? lol!


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Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

What a great idea! Everyone loves a themed party. I think I'd go for the Mad Men look myself. Great hub. Up and Awesome.


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kittythedreamer 3 years ago from the Ether Author

Good idea! I'll have to throw that one in sometime. :)


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eaglecreek 3 years ago from Vilonia , Arkansas

You need to write an article on how we can throw a "rocky horror picture show" party!


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kittythedreamer 3 years ago from the Ether Author

eaglecreek - Peace!


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eaglecreek 3 years ago from Vilonia , Arkansas

groovy.


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kittythedreamer 3 years ago from the Ether Author

randomcreative - You're too sweet. Thanks for reading! I love your hubs too, ya know. :)


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I love your party planning ideas! Thanks for the great range of detailed suggestions.


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kittythedreamer 3 years ago from the Ether Author

Crystal - That is a good idea, too! Thanks for reading.

rebeccamealey - Yes, I've written a 1940s theme party hub too, along with every other decade from the 20s to the 60s. :) Thanks for reading.


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

What a great party theme! I'll be the 1940 's theme would be interesting. All those gangsters and glamour girls!


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Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

This sounds like so much fun. I'd love to do this and show a movie from the 60s! Voted up and awesome and shared.

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